Commitment To Quality
Avondales various beginnings
Janet Bealer Rodie, Assistant Editor
Commitment To Quality From Avondales various beginnings more than a century ago to the present, a commitment to quality has guided the company. Quality is achieved by using the finest raw materials, machinery and equipment, and keeps customer satisfaction at a high level.Early on, the company involved its associates in a proactive implementation of quality assurance. The Zero Defects Program, introduced in 1966, encouraged the associates to suggest ways to improve quality, safety, customer service, maintenance and efficiency.Quality control is vital as Avondale modernizes operations in each of its mills. Keeping up with the latest developments in quality-monitoring technology, the company is using state-of-the-art equipment in every phase of its manufacturing processes. 24/7 On-Line MonitoringRecent upgrades at Alexander City, Coosa and Pell City include the latest Uster quality-monitoring software and equipment to provide a comprehensive real time picture of the entire operation. Twenty-four hour quality monitoring allows us to know what goes on at all points of yarn manufacturing, said Josh Morton, quality assurance manager, Alexander City Yarns. Whereas before we were checking random samples daily, now we are able to check samples every second of the day. At Alexander City, Usters Sliver Expert monitors the carding process. Ring Expert, installed on the spinning frames to monitor production and efficiency, records the number of ends down and pounds produced. Cone Expert and Quantum Clearer at each winding position ensure final yarn package quality, detecting and cutting out foreign matter, unevenness or hairiness in the yarn prior to winding.Finally, physical testing in the lab is accomplished using Usters Lab Expert. The system includes UT4 to test for evenness, Tenso Jet to test for strength and elongation, and the AFIS fiber information system.