We ensure our quality processes for our grip tape is verified so you have faith in us when investing in our products. Here we explain the process.
At Heskins, we take great pride in the quality of our grip tape products. We understand that when you invest in our tapes, you expect them to meet the highest standards of performance and reliability. To ensure that our quality processes are verified and to instil confidence in our customers, we undergo regular audits and adhere to stringent quality control measures. Allow us to shed some light on the layers of quality control and continuous improvement that are integral to our grip tape production and dispatch processes.
Recently, we underwent our annual ISO9001:2008 quality audit conducted by NQA. For the past few days leading up to the audit, our production and administration staff worked diligently to ensure that we were on schedule and fully prepared. This rigorous focus on quality presents an opportune moment to provide insight into the various stages of quality control that exist at Heskins.
As an ISO9001:2008 certified company with NQA since 2001, we prioritise quality at every step of the process, starting from the initial booking in and inspection of raw materials. Our commitment to quality is evident in our comprehensive quality control procedures that extend to the final stage: the last check before the grip tape is dispatched.
Throughout the production process, our grip tape undergoes inspections at multiple intermediate stages to ensure adherence to the highest quality standards. Let’s take a closer look at some of these quality control measures:
- Length: Our machines are calibrated to precise specifications, and we have established robust procedures to ensure that the length of our grip tape meets or exceeds the specified requirements. In fact, we intentionally “over-run” the length to eliminate any possibility of shortages and guarantee that you receive the full length you expect.
- Width: We employ calibrated Mitutoyo verniers, renowned for their accuracy, to measure the width of our grip tape. This meticulous approach ensures consistency and uniformity across our product range. We also offer a wide-width version, measuring 305mm, and can accommodate requests for specific tolerances, providing you with tailored solutions based on your needs.
- Colour: The vibrant and consistent colours of our grip tape are a result of our diligent quality control measures. We compare the colours against Pantone or RAL books, which are updated annually to prevent any fading or inconsistencies. By employing strict colour-matching protocols, we maintain the visual appeal and brand consistency of our grip tape.
- Die Cutting and Slitting: Our die cutters are calibrated to an accuracy of 0.1mm, ensuring precise and consistent cuts that meet the highest quality standards. Similarly, our slitters operate within finite tolerances, enabling us to deliver grip tape with uniform widths and edges. These stringent controls guarantee that every piece of grip tape we produce meets our exact specifications.
At Heskins, quality is not just a one-time endeavour but an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement. We constantly strive to enhance our quality control processes and identify opportunities for refinement. Through regular internal audits and the active involvement of our dedicated team, we ensure that our quality management system remains robust and effective.
We understand the importance of transparency and want to assure you of our commitment to quality. That’s why our ISO certificate is readily available for download on our website. We believe that by providing you with access to our certification, we can instil confidence and demonstrate our dedication to maintaining the highest quality standards throughout our organisation.
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