Document Management Helps to Organize the Nuts and Bolts of a US Navy Manufacturing Company

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Level 1 Fasteners implements Questys Solutions Document Management software

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When we wanted to retrieve a drawing, we would have to go pull a folder with a particular sequence of numbers, and search through that entire folder until we found the drawing that we needed

When creating products that keep the men and women of the United States Navy safe, Level 1 Fasteners has been trusted to produce the finest quality parts for over forty years.

With this trust also comes the responsibility of complying with the record-keeping regulations of the United States Navy, where Level 1 Fasteners must create, store and archive all material drawings for the products they create. After 40 years, the records of Level 1 Fasteners had grown unruly. With a room full of filing cabinets and a numbering system to find files, it had become burdensome and time consuming to pull a single file. "When we wanted to retrieve a drawing, we would have to go pull a folder with a particular sequence of numbers, and search through that entire folder until we found the drawing that we needed," explains Susan Adkins, a sales representative, Level 1 Fasteners. That is when Level 1 Fasteners began looking for a solution to help organize and track their records in a more efficient and effective way.

With Questys Solutions Document Management System, Level 1 Fasteners has a means of document archival with quick search and retrieval access to any record they need, meeting federal record keeping regulations. Level 1 Fasteners uses scanners to import drawings directly into their Questys database, filing them away quickly and in the appropriate location, avoiding misfiling and time consuming retrieval. "All we have to do now is search a drawing number and it automatically comes up. We can either view it on the screen, or print out a copy," states Adkins. By storing documents electronically, files are retrieved instantly upon request. This not only increases employee productivity by freeing up valuable time to focus on other projects, but it also reduces physical storage requirements, and saves money that was previously spent on file cabinets, folders and copier paper.

About Level 1 Fasteners
With over 40 years experience of producing "LEVEL 1" certified fasteners, Level 1 Fasteners ( is a manufacturing company that produces parts for the US Navy and its subcontractors like General Dynamics for its "Seawolf" attack submarines. Level 1 Fasteners is a member GD's Source Delegated Inspection (SDI) team and a part of Newport News Shipbuilding team of cognizant suppliers. Level 1 Fasteners also manufactures and stocks fasteners for aerospace, aircraft, medical, and oil drilling applications and is approved by Boeing Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin Marietta and Raytheon, and an approved supplier of fasteners to Defense Industrial Supply Center (DISC) in support of their QSLM/QSLD Procurement program. Level 1 Fasteners' products are qualified by Dept of Defense (DOD)/Naval Warfare Division to produce certain products listed in the Qualified Products Lists (QPL).

About Questys Solutions
Founded in 1980, Questys Solutions ( is an award-winning, technology-driven company providing advanced content management, automated data capture, and electronic agenda management solutions. Questys product suites are ideally suited to meet the varying needs and budgets of today's small businesses and mid size enterprises, including: corporate, government, healthcare, financial services, education, legal, law enforcement, manufacturing, and retail. A pioneer in the ECM industry, Questys Solutions was among the first to bring document imaging to a PC. At the heart of the Questys Solutions' family of products are Questys Enterprise Document Management and Questys Pro Document Management, both complete document imaging and content management systems scalable from stand-alone and departmental systems to enterprise-wide solutions.

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