Merry Christmas wishes from Birk

Birk Mfg. Wishes You Merry Christmas!

Christmas is round the corner! Our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have a great share in our success. In warm appreciation of our association during the past year, we would like to extend our very best wishes for a happy holiday season. We would like to grab this opportunity to thank all those who have been a part of our success this year.

Thanking Our Valued Customers

To begin with, we would like to thank all our customers for their support. We value our partnerships and are looking forward to make them stronger in the New Year. The coming year, we would like to exceed your expectations by continuing to provide excellent customer service and superior quality. In warm appreciation of our business relationship during the past year, we would like to wish all our old, as well as new customers a Merry Christmas!

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Don’t be a Monkey

There is an old story about company policy that goes as such:

Subject: Company Policy

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.  Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result – all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

 

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

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Preparing for launch…

This year Birk Manufacturing is on a mission to improve and enhance our entire Quality Management System (QMS) and align our policies, processes and procedures in place to obtain AS9100 certification. The AS9100 standard is designed to meet stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial Aerospace Industry. Over the past decade, as the company has developed and matured, we have continued to augment and adapt our standard operating procedures and quality policies and objectives with industry regulations and standards. We are constantly committed to providing our customers with superior quality products that are safe, reliable and have proper documentation and traceability. Over six years ago the company ventured into the world of industry regulation and became ISO 9001:2000 certified before updating to the newest revision in 2008. We continued to improve our QMS further in 2009 when we obtained ISO 13485:2003 certification, which accredits our QMS for being fully capable of producing a product that is compliant to the strict requirements of the medical device industry. We take special pride in the fact that we are bestowed the honor and trust of producing a product that will affect the quality of an individual’s life. It allows us to take more value, responsibly and ownership in our jobs and makes us want to continue to grow, learn and develop as a company. Here’s to new beginnings as we start our next chapter in the improvement process of Birk’s QMS. Look for our certification on our website later this year!

Carleton Birk

Quality Assurance Manager

Problem Solving Doesn’t Have To Be a Problem

As an engineer, it is more common than not, that at some point in your day someone will come to you with a problem to solve.  It is our responsibility as engineers to help people with these problems and come up with an answer, but sometimes that is not the right mentality.  Engineers have been trained that every problem has a solution – only one solution.  This can create a huge injustice to our company and our customers.

In the interest of our customers and Birk manufacturing, sometimes it is better to have the mindset that we need to create solutions rather than just solve problems.  By creating a solution you can have a broader view of what the issue is and possibly think of everything on a larger scale.  By altering our mindset from problem solver to that of being a solution creator, we can provide solutions that are more efficient, easier to manufacture and even more cost effective.

What solutions can Birk create for you today?

Mark O’Connell

Engineering Manager