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1-Source Electronic Components Receives ISO Certification

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Hauppauge, NY – Electronic components distributor 1-Source Electronic Components announced that it has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. Although 1-Source’s business practices have conformed to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard for several years, certification is internationally recognized proof to potential clients and suppliers that the company conforms to the ISO standard for quality. It is a valuable business credential that opens up much opportunity for the company. As an ISO certified electronic components distributor, they can now offer much broader product lines to many large manufacturers that require ISO certification of their approved vendors. A copy of 1-Source’s certificate can be viewed on their website at http://www.1sourcecomponents.com/quality/ISO-Certified.htm.

ISO 9001:2008 is the international standard for quality management, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Certification means that 1-Source has demonstrated a commitment to product and service quality as well as customer satisfaction. It also shows a commitment to continuously improving the company’s operations and performance.

To obtain ISO certification, also known as ISO registration, a company must engage the services of an independent certification organization, which assesses the company’s quality policies and performance. To qualify for certification, the company must have such things as a quality manual, documented procedures, and a quality plan with objectives and quantifiable targets. In order to maintain its certification, periodic audits are required to ensure that the company continues to comply with the standard. 1-Source was assessed and certified, and is registered through QMS Global of Boca Raton, FL. 1-Source’s certification information will soon be available in QMS’s searchable Directory of Certified Clients at http://www.qms.net/iso-9001.

The ISO is an international standard-setting body which sets worldwide proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards. It is composed of representatives from various national standards organizations. The ISO 9000 family of standards represents a consensus on good quality management practices. ISO 9001:2008 is the latest revision of the ISO 9001 standard which was adopted in the year 2008 with an emphasis on measuring customer satisfaction.

1-Source President, Richard Lodato, COO, Bruce MacArthur, and Mil/Aero Division Director, Debra Criveau, answered questions about the certification:

How does ISO Certification benefit 1-Source’s customers?

Lodato: “It gives our customers peace-of-mind knowing that we uphold a high quality standard. They can be confident that their orders are handled well, that standards are upheld while processing their orders, that our quality standards are verified, and that they will receive quality products.”

MacArthur: “We can now expand the list of products we offer our customers, and handle more scheduled orders, because whereas our dealings with some organizations were formerly limited to sole source contracts, now they can come to us for anything.”

What does ISO Certification mean for 1-Source?

Criveau: “ISO Certification for 1-Source shows a solid commitment to conformance, quality, and continual improvement. It bolsters company morale, improves teamwork, and builds trust on an internal level between core departments.”

MacArthur: “As a result of ISO certification, we can now have full AVL [Approved Vendor List] status, rather than provisional AVL status, with elite manufacturers, government contractors, government agencies, aviation, automotive, and large capital equipment manufacturers who require ISO certification for their approved vendors.”

Is there anything else you would like to say about 1-Source’s ISO certification?

Criveau: “1-Source’s determination in reaching this goal has been challenging and rewarding. This is a true turning point in our company’s history, and we are dedicated to continually uphold and improve our methods annually, to remain ISO certified.”

Lodato: “We are constantly developing and growing in ways to better serve our customers and to be a resource to them. It’s important to us to instill confidence, provide quality service and products, and make sure our customers get the kind of service they want.”

About 1-Source Electronic Components

1-Source is an international distributor of board level electronic components, such as transistors, capacitors, resistors, and connectors. Founded in 2001, 1-Source has been operating continuously for over 10 years. It is now an international organization with its world headquarters in Hauppauge, New York, USA, where it employs about 30 people, including Quality Assurance staff who are responsible for ensuring that 1-Source’s business practices conform to the ISO 9001 standard for quality management.

For more information about 1-Source Electronic Components, its ISO certification or quality management policies, or to speak to a customer services specialist, call 1-800-966-8826 (U.S.) or 1-631-642-2479 (International) or visit www.1sourcecomponents.com.

Honoring Veterans Through Innovation

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High-technology is used extensively in military applications — we all know that. But it is also being used to improve the lives of veterans.

An example of this effort was shared by Dean Kamen, inventor and founder of DEKA Research and Development Corp., at a recent industry conference.

Kamen’s company, DEKA, was asked by DARPA to develop a better prosthetic arm. In spite of the advancements made in robotics and rehabilitative technologies, prosthetic arms are largely non-functional and cosmetic, and those that are functional still use a hook as the primary grasping tool. Kamen wanted to develop a prosthetic that not only looked like an arm, but rotated, bent, and had the tactile capability of picking up a grape without breaking the skin.

Men and women return from combat every day missing their limbs. Kamen and DEKA operated under the belief that it is not enough to replace arms and legs with a device that doesn’t restore the kind of functionality soldiers had before being harmed in battle.

The DEKA arm is incredible. It can be strapped on by a user and operated with very little training. It bends and flexes and has fingers that can pick up a dime. Kamen shared some video of a veteran using the arm for the first time.

Most importantly, the arm was developed first and foremost with the user in mind. Kamen’s measurement of success: Using the arm, a combat veteran was able to feed himself for the first time in 12 years.

DEKA ran into some regulatory issues with the FDA, but that’s a story for another time. It’s the effort that is inspiring – enabling individuals to do the things that we all take for granted (dressing ourselves, feeding ourselves, getting a drinking glass off a shelf, etc.).

Giving back to people what they lost in service to our country should be the very least we can do. That’s not easily accomplished, and there are many reasons why. But as long as we continue to work toward that goal,we are honoring our veterans, in a small way, through innovation and invention.

[Article republished from EBNOnline.]


1-Source’s Take: The editorial staff of the 1-Source E-Newsletter in preparation for this November edition found this rather innovative and human-spirited article relating to our brave men and women in uniform. We wanted to feature it this month and we know you will agree.

For a moment we all need to stop and appreciate what our high-technology does for the lives of our veterans. We at 1-Source were moved by the efforts of DEKA; we find it is inspiring. It is the type of effort and innovation that is often lost in the day-to-day grind of business. It is about impacting lives and allowing for the small things to occur again with our returning injured veterans and improving their quality of life. We thank DEKA for living and breathing the big picture.

As always, 1-Source operates with a company-wide commitment to the men and women in uniform — past and present U.S. military personnel and our U.S. government subcontractors for:

  • Quality product and services
  • First-rate response
  • A 100% time and quality rating with DMCA, LMCO, Raytheon, NASA, and others
  • Specializing in kitting and buying services for such best-in-class brands as National Instruments, Altinex, Niedax, and many others

To speak with a member of Military Account Management Team, please e-mail us.

Woman Gets 38 months In Prison For Selling Counterfeit Circuits

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A federal judge has sentenced a woman to 38 months in prison for her role in selling the U.S. military counterfeit electronic circuits from China and Hong Kong.

[This photo of Chinese chip manufacturing was found in one of the computers at VisionTech’s offices. Government investigators concluded that it likely portrayed the production of counterfeit chips for the company.]

The Justice Department said the case against Stephanie McCloskey of Clearwater, FL, was thefirst federal prosecution involving trafficking of counterfeit integrated circuits, according to an Associated Press story.

The government said McCloskey, an administrator at VisionTech Components LLC, conspired with the company’s late owner to advertise name-brand, trademark-protected integrated circuits and sell hundreds of thousands of them to the U.S. Navy, defense contractors, and others. The Justice Department says that in a three-year span, McCloskey and others generated $15.8 million in receipts from the sales of the counterfeit circuits.

Integrated circuits control the flow of electricity in items ranging from consumer electronics to spacecraft and weapons systems.

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