DuPont™ Kalrez® perfluoroelastomer parts and DuPont™ Vespel® parts and shapes have earned Nadcap accreditation, an international benchmark of excellence in meeting the stringent technical requirements of the aerospace industry.
Following an in-depth and extremely rigorous audit of manufacturing and quality control systems, the Performance Review Institute (PRI) awarded accreditation to a DuPont plant in Newark, Del., that makes Kalrez® parts, and to a facility in Valley View, Ohio, which manufactures Vespel® parts and shapes.
“Getting Nadcap accreditation underscores the strength of our quality systems and commitment to the aerospace industry,” said Mark Forkapa, global aerospace marketing manager for the DuPont™ Kalrez® and Vespel® business. “We not only are investing in the science to deliver friction, wear and sealing material solutions; we also are investing in the special processes to deliver parts our customers can trust to meet their requirements.”
Nadcap accreditation of the Valley View facility marks a global first for compression molding processes. PRI also accredited the Valley View plant’s nonmetallic material testing procedures. The Newark plant’s accreditation for elastomer seals covers compounding operations and the manufacture of compression seals, molded parts and O-rings.
Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) oversight of special process and product suppliers and is an integral part of the supplier management system for most of the world’s aerospace manufacturers. The accreditation program is administered by the Performance Review Institute, a not-for-profit entity based in Warrendale, Pa. Both Nadcap and PRI were set up by SAE International Inc.