American Inks & Coatings Quality System Overview:
 
Quality Policy / Commitment
Investment in Property, Plant, & Equipment
Design
Manufacturing
Purchasing
Quality Assurance & Testing
Shipping  & Warehousing
Management Review
Six Sigma Black Belt Certified staff
Lean Manufacturing Principles
5S Methodology

 
Quality Policy: 

 American Inks and Coatings is committed to the manufacture and service of inks and related products of the highest possible quality, consistency, and predictability of performance for the rotogravure, flexographic packaging, and specialty printing industries.  We are committed to the thorough understanding of our customers manufacturing processes and requirements through our considerable investment in research and development, as well as, our ever escalating high manufacturing quality control standards.

Quality Commitment:

Conformance to customer requirements.
Consistency of the products we sell to the customer.Continuous improvement of our products, processes, and services we offer to the customer.

Investment in Property:

Particle size analysis
Color development & consistency
Uniformity 
State of the art milling equipment
Basket mill technology
Color segregation.

 
Design:

Customer requirements and their marketplace
Formulation/Design Customer Requirements
Meets Manufacturing Ability
Raw Material
Conformance to specifications
Availability
Consistency

Purchasing:

Vendor Performance and Selection
Supply
Delivery
COA’s
Storage
Identification
Manufacturing:

Process Control
SOP’s (Batch Ticket)
Time, Temperature, Amps, RPM
Traceability
Lot Tracking
Rework and Control
Segregation
Identification

Quality Assurance & Testing:

QC Testing Procedures
Customized QC Test Procedures
Instruments & Equipment
Calibration Log
Statistical analysis
Batch to batch
Particle Size
Color
Variation Reduction
Shipping & Warehousing:

Inventory Control
Customized WMS (Warehouse Management System)
Inventory Management using barcode techonolgy
Quarterly tag control inventory
Labeling
Identification (internally and customer)
Proper Storage
Safety First
Segregated by type
Organized for Efficiency
Rotation and Aging
FIFO Method (First In First Out)
6 month shelf life must be QC’d before shipment.
Management Review:

Quality Manager
Customer Complaint review and analysis
Statistical performance review
Corrective actions
Internal Audit findings
Procedural review and changes
Training needs
Capital Equipment and Budget needs
Lean Manufacturing:

Reduce Inventory
Reduce Waste 
Reduce Costs 
Improve Efficiency and Response