Conversation On A Plane Spreads The Mission Of Blue Star

adt-story-10-16On a recent flight to Denver, Chris Fagnant, President of Qualtek Manufacturing, struck up a conversation with Glen Smith, Director of Dealer Operations for ADT, the home and business security services company. Chris asked how ADT recycled their old security devices and suddenly the two businessmen were discussing how Blue Star Recyclers creates jobs for people with autism and other disabilities by recycling electronics.

They also found a shared interest in security when Chris mentioned how Blue Star Recyclers shreds data devices to protect personal information. Glen was so impressed he shared Blue Star’s story through a newsfeed with the ADT Authorized Dealer Group nationwide.

Thanks for spreading the word about Blue Star Recyclers and helping to create more jobs for people with disAbilities!

Qualtek Achieves ELP Gold

GoldELPlogoSmQualtek received notice from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that they reached all compliance criteria to be named a Gold Leader in the Environmental Leadership Program.

ELP is a statewide program that recognizes organizations that voluntarily go beyond compliance to continual environmental improvement.

Read the press release.

Qualtek is 2016 Top Company Finalist

Top-Company-Event-2015For the second year in a row, Qualtek Manufacturing has been named as a finalist for the 2016 Top Company award. The winner will be announced on August 25 in Denver. Qualtek is one of three finalists in the manufacturing sector. Over 100 nominations were received and a panel of cross sector judges will select the Top Company. Qualtek President, Chris Fagnant, said this award represents the consistent quality and hard work of all the people at Qualtek.

Not Too Much, Not Too Little, Heat Treat Just Right

by Matt Seebeck

Heat-treating is part of a multi-step manufacturing process to get just the right shape, thickness, and hardness for your metal part. Some people use a rough rule of thumb of adding 20 thousandths (0.020”) on each side of the part for intermediate processing. Depending on variables such as material type, part size, and final application, that may be too much or too little. A part may grow or shrink during the heat treat process and this too can affect material usage. So how much intermediary volume should you allow?

We’ll answer your question with questions: What do you want to achieve? What other machining operations are required? What material are you using? Each material has a unique set of properties, which influence the heat treatment process. Tell us why you need to use that material and we can help you determine how much waste to allow for. Alternatively, we can recommend a different material that may achieve your goals.

Whether annealing a drill bit to increase its ductility or carburizing a part so that the outer layer is strong enough to withstand repeated use, we love working with machinists during the design phase, to help them meet the needs of their clients. Whatever your project, a quick call to Qualtek will help you determine specifications that save waste and increase efficiency.

Qualtek Volunteers Cleaned Up the Fountain Creek Watershed

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The Qualtek Volunteers set out to clean up the Fountain Creek Watershed north from Portal Park this morning. We picked up ~12 bags of wrappers, bags, plastic bottles, golf balls, baketballs, tennis balls, bouncy balls… you name it, we found it! Thanks to all the kind bikers, runners, and walkers who offered kind words while we were out working. The Colorado Springs Community is getting stronger every day!

Colorado Springs Business Journal Profiles Qualtek President

Chris-Fagnant-PresidentChristopher Fagnant grew up in the manufacturing industry, as the grandson of a heat-seal lid manufacturer in Illinois called LMI. His parents, Mary and Tony Fagnant, worked there many years before going out on their own. In 2000, they bought Qualtek Manufacturing, a manufacturer of custom-stamped and treated metal component parts for larger products. Earlier this month, Christopher, 33, took over as president of the firm. Read more.

Qualtek’s Q-munity Partner, Colorado Springs Conservatory Receives Nonprofit Award

spirit-of-the-springs-linda-weiseLinda Weise, founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, received the William Funk Award for Building Strong Communities from the Colorado Nonprofit Association. The Conservatory promotes access to the arts for Title 1 school districts that serve students from different socioeconomic levels, ethnic backgrounds and disabled students. Qualtek’s Q-munity programs strongly support the Conservatory efforts. Read more about the Conservatory.Read about their prestigious award.

Qualtek Supports CAMA Workforce Initiative

Did you grow up playing with Legos? Always taking things apart to see how they work? Perhaps a career in manufacturing is calling!

Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA) is committed to working with students to rebuild the manufacturing workforce pipeline. CAMA has created this short video showcasing Qualtek and other Colorado companies who are creating opportunities for students pursuing a manufacturing career. Young creative thinkers might try an internship or apprenticeship, or get involved with a high school or college program offered in collaboration with local manufacturers. Follow the trend of manufacturers making smart investments in their future workforce.

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Collaborating for Efficiency

Mike Williams
By Mike Williams

As professional engineers, our clients design parts to function in a certain way or meet a specific need. In a typical development step, we receive final designs that include detailed specifications about how the part should be produced and request costs to deliver the product as stated.

While our client-partner engineers are experts in function, we work with manufacturing tools and metal materials every day. Our experts often see opportunities for efficiency or cost savings if the part were produced in a slightly different way than specified. As an example, the specifications may define multiple stamping and forming steps that we know can be accomplished by a different single process.

Let’s talk! Rather than going back to the drawing board to improve efficient production of a part, a better option is to talk to us very early in your design phase. Tell us what you are trying to achieve, why you need a certain material or how you want the part to function. You know your product requirements. We know metal manufacturing.

Bringing our expertise together at the beginning of your design process helps develop a part that is extremely efficient to produce. We are happy to share ideas but you always make the call. Together we meet the needs of your customers.