InterTech offers standards reports for manufacturers

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Marine products manufacturers, with stringent requirements for functional performance tests of all products prior to market release, can get no-cost detailed engineering reports projecting ways to reduce costs while maintaining standards from InterTech Development Co.'s Testing Applications Laboratory, the company announced.

"These application-specific engineering reports will help marine products manufacturers better gauge real costs of integrating multiple facilities worldwide while still maintaining ISO 9001, ISO 12485:2003 and other quality standards," the company said in a statement.

Jacques Hoffmann, president of InterTech, said the company is making this service available to assist manufacturers that have expanded globally distributed manufacturing, mistakenly thinking that lower labor costs will directly correlate to higher profit margins.

"In recent years InterTech has been called in to re-engineer test-intensive assembly lines throughout the world because of the high failure rates in functional performance of reject products from assembly lines," Hoffmann said in a statement.

"Quite often, plants had been built in areas where lower labor costs were assumed to translate into significantly higher profit margins, but the real costs of designing systems that can safeguard product quality in regions with varying infrastructures, work force skill levels and ability to design test methods that deliver consistent-gauge R&R despite these variations are underestimated," he added.

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