Quality & Certifications
Quality is an issue that has to be viewed at several levels. The basic concept is of course the quality of the individual products, but in the field of high-power laser optics quality is also the integration of the optics system with the laser system. At Optoskand we know that both these levels are of vital importance for the function of the customer's application.
Keeping the fingerprints
"Testing is a very important part or our quality work," says Ola Blomster, Cheif Engineer at Optoskand. Every component that we manufacture is seen as an individual and every individual is tested, with the results structured as a ‘fingerprint' that we keep in our files. In case there is a problem, we analyze these files as part of finding a solution."
"On a system scale, we do more and more tests together with our customers to make sure that our equipment work with their products. It's really very simple; we don't want to sell anything unless we are sure that it will work correctly with the customer's lasers."
Finding the problems in advance
A useful quality tool is FMEA - Failure Mode and Effect Analysis - which has proven to be a simple but effective tool, not only when analyzing problems but also in our development work. In addition we have organised a product quality group with representatives from every part of the company, which handles all issues concerning product quality. We find that it is an effective way to get at comprehensive view of this important area.
Optoskand is certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and, in addition, has some components classified in accordance with the German safety classification DGUV.
"The ISO 9001 certification is of course a minimum standard today, and the DGUV classification is a request from our customers," comments Magnus Pålsson, Sales & Marketing Manager at Optoskand, "but we feel that these systems provide a sound basis for the structured quality work within our company."
The continuing development towards higher power levels in the laser systems increases the demands on the components. A tiny speck of dust on an optic surface can cause serious damage to a fiber optic cable when power, in the kilowatt range, passes through it. Optoskand has a 1000 m² Class 7 (Class 10 000) clean room where the most sensitive components are assembled.