Superior Tube receives Nadcap Accreditation for Heat Treating

Superior Tube, US-based global leader in precision tubing for critical applications, has been awarded Nadcap accreditation for heat treating.

Bill Keohane, Superior Tube’s Director of Quality & New Product Development, commented: “We have had Nadcap accreditation for our non-destructive testing program for many years and also for our quality system, but this is the first time we have gained the accreditation for our heat treatment processes. This will certainly open up new business opportunities for us and provide our existing customers with even greater assurance about the strength of our commitment to quality in everything we do,” says Bill Keohane, Director of Quality & New Product Development, for Superior Tube.

Acknowledging the work involved in ensuring a successful audit outcome, he added, “A lot of people put in a great deal of  time and effort into preparing for this, including Debbie Kamertz, Quality Systems Manager; CJ Mukherjee, Director of Process Engineering; and Ken Richards, Senior Metallurgist.”

Superior Tube, together with its sister company, UK-based Fine Tubes, is a part of AMETEK Specialty Metal Products. Between them, the two companies have supplied high-quality tubular products to the civil aerospace, defense and space industries since their inception and have extensive experience working with a range of materials from stainless steels through to exotic nickel and titanium alloys.

Superior Tube, a long-standing, qualified supplier to Boeing, recently was awarded a contract to provide tubing to Airbus, to which Fine Tubes already supplies both stainless steel and titanium tubing for the A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380 aircraft.

Nadcap, created in 1990 by SAE Inc., is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI), which is a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries in which safety and quality are shared goals.

“Congratulations to Superior Tube on successfully passing what may be the aerospace industry’s most stringent process capability assessment audit,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Nadcap audit criteria are widely acknowledged to be hard to meet, and companies, like Superior Tube, who succeed at doing so, rightfully deserve recognition.”

Brian Mercer, Director, Sales and Marketing for both Superior Tube and Fine Tubes, commented: “This can only help to strengthen the offer that our US/UK partnership can make to the aerospace industry. With two similarly experienced and accredited manufacturing facilities offering equally advanced processes, we are effectively able to dual-source any customer’s requirements.”

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