It’s all about quality control
Today, many companies are outsourcing the manufacturing of their products to lower cost countries to reduce cost, many times resulting in a loss or reduction in control of the manufacturing. Keofitt has done the opposite. We continue to manufacture at the same facilities we have for over 30 years, and have in fact gone a step better, and inspect and serialize every valve we sell
Many of the worldwide users of Keofitt are very aware of the quality that the Keofitt brand represents. When unboxing a Keofitt product, a seal secures the box which has to be broken to ensure the product they are unboxing has been thoroughly tested and approved – with a 100% guarantee. One may wonder how we do this – maybe random samples are taken and tested, but this is not the case. Every valve is assembled with qualified parts, by qualified people, and put through a series of tests – each and every valve. These valves receive serial numbers and come with documents by serial number. Qualified, experienced technicians assemble thousands of valves every year, and are an integral part of the process. Technicians such as Kasper Vilhelmsen.
“It is almost like I know how it should feel. I put the valves to life by having them in my hands and in this process, I just know if something is wrong,” explains Keofitt inventory assistant Kasper Vilhelmsen.
When Kasper receives a delivery from our Danish manufacturers, he starts by laying out all the small bagged parts in front of him and checks if everything is in order. He then continues to the valve bodies, which he carefully places on the shelf for the incoming, uninspected products. To the outsider, the inspection system may seem very basic, but after 300,000 delivered valves, Keofitt has broken the process down into its most basic elements and proceeds without a misplaced step.
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Kasper elaborates on the process:
“When we get all the valve parts I follow a written routine. I start by going through them to see if everything is in order. Then, when everything is placed correctly, I take a batch of bodies, and I carefully check every body individually to see if there are any manufacturing flaws from the production companies, any scratches or mistakes. These companies follow a very rigid inspection routine as well before shipping parts out for final assembly,” he says and continues: “I rarely find something, but I still need to check. When the valves have passed inspection, I place the batch on the shelf for inspected items, and I can then move on to assembling valve heads.”
You should never gamble with your sample, which is exactly why we do not take any chances with our testing as well
Whenever Kasper speaks, he stops his inspection process. When he is quality inspecting, he is focused on that alone. The work environment at Keofitt is very relaxed, but we are dead-serious when it comes to ensuring quality for our customers and end-users. This is why it comes natural to Kasper to focus on his inspection alone when doing that. Kasper takes the same approach when picking items for assembling the valve heads and valve accessories. He picks all the items from the turn-knob to the spring and membrane. When he has all the items, he moves to a production space set-up for that task, with its quality control instrumentation, where he can make the finished heads, put them into boxes and seal the box with the quality-tested sticker.
“I couldn’t count how many valve bodies and heads I have had through my hands, but it is enough to know when the product feels right and when something feels wrong. When I can see, feel and measure that the valve heads are up to our standards in quality, I pressure-test them. Every single valve-head is installed in a test fixture and pressure tested to make sure they meet the specification,” Kasper explains and then underlines:
“Proper assembling of the head will guarantee it will hold in the test,” he says with confidence in his voice.
It is only when this entire process of testing and quality inspection is over that Kasper finally can seal the boxes with the sticker ensuring that the product inside has been 100 % quality tested. You should never gamble with your sample, which is exactly why we do not take any chances with our testing as well.
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