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Quality Management One of Allied Fastenings' Principle Functions
Monday 17 July 2017, 5:00PM
By Beckie Wright

Quality Management is one of  Allied Fastenings Limited’s principle functions and a role taken seriously. Phil Turner, Company Director, last week returned from Asia, meeting key suppliers and visiting manufacturing plants. Phil travels overseas at least twice a year inspecting factories and respective testing facilities. Unless factories and suppliers can demonstrate they meet AFL Quality Management expectations, they are not engaged.

AFL expects product supplied to be price competitive; however AFL will not compromise quality for price. All tensile products are batch tested in New Zealand independently by OPUS and the relevant supplier/factory sent copy of reports. Hot-dip galvanizing must comply with AS 1214 or AS/NZS 4680 (as applicable). AFL own a Magnetoresistivity thickness meter for finish testing of fastenings. Galvanizing facilities engaged in China have also been inspected for compliant practice.

Imported galvanized product lines can be traced to source batch by batch. Traditionally, AFL has imported Stainless Steel products from Taiwan, Germany and Italy. AFL has quality certification of all stainless steel products. The same traceability procedures apply to Stainless Steel as they do for Galvanized products, except head markings include the ‘type’ and ‘tensile strength’ i.e. A2-70/80 for 304 or A4-70/80 for 316 grades.

Assembly of Stainless Steel components are prone to ‘galling’ if anti-seize is not applied. Allied Fastenings have recently taken the initiative to ensure all Stainless Steel Nuts are precoated with anti-seize compound. This product is now part of our mandatory distribution.

Allied Fastenings Limited has strict quality control procedures which include for all consignments:

  • Mill tests for all tensile steel grades imported
  • Batch testing certificates from overseas manufacturers
  • Onshore batch testing by OPUS International in order to certify manufacturers report.

These standard procedures for Quality Assurance enable AFL to guarantee all products supplied.

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