The manufacturing ethos is small-scale and bespoke services, typically undertaking in terms of quantities of a given
product/project would be in the region of a dozen to fifty at a time.
Some we are able to manufacture
more of in parallel, a few a lot less. So we actively work with UK MoD to determine on those programmes as the technology-readiness
level is matured the most credible way forward. This may be to sub-license manufacturing to a mutually agreeable third party
or prime or it may be the transfer and sale of the IP to third party.
Clearly we work with the customer
procurement teams (DE&S) to ensure the best interests of national security and UK MoD are upheld. If DEFCON 703 work
is transferred without discussion, we will offer support and assistance on sensible commercial terms to ensure the innovation
is taken forward and that maximum leverage can be achieved from the IP for the benefit of UK MoD.
processes are defined in our Quality Management System and range from aviation/military standards for cable assembly manufacture
right through to complex special surveillance complete systems such as our manpack ESM system. Each part, sub-assembly and
assembly has a part number, revision number, item history, certificate of conformity and has the traceability through our
ESD-protected stores, assembly, integration, testing and shipping teams. Similarly any data and software loads are very carefully
configuration-managed and traced to ensure both quality and repeatability.
Our Support and ILS teams are appropriately involved
in the manufacturing phases to ensure that they are well versed in the construction of every product (cognisant of approvals
and need to know). They are able to have direct input into averting in-service problems and are able to change
the manufacturing processes to mitigate 'seen' problems to drive up quality and reliability.
take quality very seriously and as such we have a rolling audit programme. A selection of our most recent audits has been:-
| PAT Electrical
Safety Testing || now....|
| Commercial Audit [MoD CDs]|| Aug-2017|
| Full Site Documentation Security Audit|| Aug-2017|
| RF Safety Audit [LAB] || Aug-2017|
| Electrical Safety & Earth Loop Testing|| Aug-2017|
| Asset Audit and Verification || Aug-2017|
| ESD Calibration & Workbench Testing|| July-2017|
| Stores DB upgrade and Audit|| July-2017|
| COSHH Audit|| Aug-2017|
| Network & Data Security Audit|| Sept-2017|
| ISO 9001:2008 Full QMS Audit|| July-2017|
| Article 296 and WEEE 2002/96/EC Audit|| July-2017|
Any testing that says "now...." is underway and its final date will be updated when the audit
and any non-conformities are fully resolved / undertaken.