GSQA Helps Ensure Safety for U.S. Army Parachutes

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GSQA provides supplier material accountability with ANSI Z1.4 sampling for the manufacturing of U.S. Army T-11 and RA-1 Ram-Air parachutes.

EMNS, Inc. has signed an agreement with Airborne Systems North America Inc. (Airborne Systems), a division of HDT Global to provide the state-of-the-art supply chain quality management system GSQA®.

Driven by U.S. government regulations and executive expectations, Airborne Systems’ products must be of the highest grade of performance and safety requiring an extraordinary focus on quality. Since the bulk of materials are sourced, supplier quality is paramount.

The implementation of this system will ensure Airborne Systems continues to manufacture military parachutes of the highest quality. With GSQA®, suppliers will enter their test data online using a number of methods into a standard ANSI Z1.4 sampling format in GSQA® for immediate specification validation and approval for shipment. The company’s receiving locations will then be alerted automatically by advanced ship notices to help plan production more efficiently.

They will know what materials are arriving, when, and that they are guaranteed to conform to company/ANSI/U.S. Army specifications barring any in-transit damage. Analysis of the shipments and material test results will provide insights into supplier problems and corrective actions before a serious mishap can occur. This eventually improves processes and increases efficiencies.

The implementation of GSQA® supports the U.S. Army’s T-11 replacement project for nearly 50,000 existing T-10 parachutes as well as the RA-1 Ram-Air parachute system which will begin fielding in January 2014.

About Airborne Systems: Airborne Systems North America Inc., a division of HDT Global Inc., is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of emergency escape parachutes, parachutes for air vehicle and spacecraft recovery systems, aircraft deceleration and spin/stall systems, personnel, and cargo parachute systems. Airborne Systems is a global company, supporting customers from around the world, with operations centers in Pennsauken, New Jersey; Santa Ana, California; Belleville, Ontario; and Llangeinor, South Wales.

About EMNS, Inc.: SaaS* GSQA® provides manufacturers quality and compliance control previously unobtainable through conventional methods. GSQA’s highly automated SaaS solution simplifies your quality assurance and compliance activities with customers, suppliers, co-manufacturers, and internal production facilities. GSQA® produces the unique e-COA® with ASN by electronically collecting supplier COA and production batch test results 12 different ways, and immediately validates COAs/batches against your specs. GSQA® provides automatic SPC analysis, supplier regulatory document compliance, web-based nonconformance management and forward/backward/where-used traceability. Real-time analysis and alerts help reduce plant disruptions, improve yields, and reduce manufacturing variability. Deployed for finished products, GSQA® provides full product genealogy with a click. (*SaaS: Software-as-a-Service)

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