Every quality assurance and continuous improvement program
our company facilitates represents an ongoing,
never-ending commitment to the development and betterment of our products,
services and processes. Our company serves customers from all points
of the globe, and satisfies a variety of inspections, including the American Bureau
of Shipping, Australian Standard AS1210, the American Welding Society, OSHA and
the Canadian Registration, to name a few. In addition, we
perform hydrostatic-integrity tests on 100%
of the vessels we produce.
Quality Assurance is a process or program set up to
ensure that our customer’s specified quality and satisfaction
requirements are being met. All aspects of the job are regulated, including
design, purchasing, raw materials, R&D, production, and after-the-sale service.
LaGrange Products Quality Assurance emphasizes identifying defects
before they find their way into the
Continuous Improvement is a never-ending, flexible management effort that seeks
to improve products, services and processes. It can focus on small tweaks as
well as large process changes, and is set in motion by feedback from anyone
along the purchasing, design, manufacturing and delivery process. At LaGrange
Products, our processes are constantly monitored to improve the efficiency and
effectiveness of our manufacturing processes.
100% Hydrostatic-Integrity Testing
A Hydrostatic Test is a commonly-used non-destructive method of checking the
integrity of pressure vessels. The vessel is filled with liquid, and air is
purged from the system. The test pressure is at least 1.3 times higher than the
standard operating pressure of the vessel. At test pressure, we visually inspect
for welded joint leaks, flaws or permanent changes in shape. LaGrange Products
performs Hydrostatic-Integrity Tests on 100% of the pressure vessels we produce.
Non-destructive Examination (NDE)
Non-Destructive Examination is used to locate imperfections in a pressure vessel
without destroying the vessel. Several methods are employed, including visual
testing, hardness testing, radiography, ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle
testing and liquid penetrant testing. These processes are designed to ensure a
higher level of joint efficiencies and high quality vessels.
American Welding Society (AWS)
The American Welding Society is a nonprofit, international organization that
advances the science, technology and safety procedures of welding. The AWS was
created in 1919, and now boasts close to 50,000 members worldwide. LaGrange
Products follows AWS standard practices when producing pressure vessels.
Occupational Safety and Health
The Occupational Safety and Health Association sets standards and conducts
workplace inspections to ensure that employers provide a safe and healthful
workplace for their employees. OSHA was formed in 1970 as an agency of the U.S.
Department of Labor, and is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement
of safety and health legislation.
Numerous Additional Third-Party Inspections
Outside third-party inspections are mandatory where required by customers or agencies,
when shipping pressure vessels into parts of Canada, and are also required by many
other countries worldwide. As a manufacturer of pressure vessels, LaGrange Products
welcomes outside third-party technical assessment and certification to prove to
our clients that our manufacturing techniques comply with their particular codes