Jessica Castillo, HR Business Partner

After months of preparation and anticipation, Mini-Circuits’ facility in Hialeah, Florida was visited by DEKRA’s long standing auditor for Mini-Circuits, Mr. Bill Brown. The facility was scheduled for a three-day audit event that took place from February 21st to the 23rd. The main scope of the three-day audit event was the recertification to the ISO 9001:2015 standard, and for the first AS9100 certification for this facility. The audit was a total success due to the team’s hard work and dedication to quality and safety.

The audit was a significant milestone for the Mini-Circuits Florida (MCFL) team, and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the MCFL members who led the audit, Ana Navarro (General Manager), Jessica Abreu (QA Representative), John Alize (Quality Inspection Supervisor), and Praveen Guthinabailu (Sr. Manufacturing Process Engineer).

MCFL team after a successful audit.

On the first day of the audit, Mr. Brown gave the leadership team an introduction presentation to explain the audit itself and the outline the process. This presentation was later followed by a brief MCFL improvement presentation that was presented by manufacturing process engineer (MPE), Praveen Guthinabailu. During the presentation, Praveen highlighted some of the key improvements that took place in the past year. Those improvements highlighted the increase in productivity, efficiency and most importantly, in overall quality.

Team members at MCFL that contributed to a successful audit.

Mr. Brown later proceeded to walk the facility to conduct floor audits. The first department that was audited was the general assembly department, lead by MCFL’s general manager, Ana Navarro. He looked at the process, asked quite a few questions that were all properly answered by Ana, and later interviewed a few of the members on her team, who also did very well in providing accurate responses. He later proceeded to Maria Elena Castillo’s (General Assembly Supervisor) department, taking the same approach. As the first day came to an end, Mr. Brown audited the newly established Testing Department that was managed by Erika Garofalo (Testing Supervisor). While performing the Testing Department’s audit, Mr. Brown found no major issues or concerns and complimented the team for having all processes well kept. 

On the second day, he audited Raquel Brito’s (General Assembly Supervisor) department and Raquel Sanchez’s new Incoming Inspection Department. Both departments were also well managed, with no issues found. He then audited the reflow room, where he made a few recommendations and observations that were well noted, and MCFL was already planning on implementing soon.

On the third and final day of the event, Mr. Brown summarized the audit and delivered the outstanding news that MCFL received NO FINDINGS! The results were shared with everyone on the team, and they were overjoyed with the outcome, after months of preparation and anticipation.

In conclusion, MCFL’s achievement of receiving both ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification is a significant milestone for the company, demonstrating its commitment to meeting the highest standards of quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems. The entire team deserves recognition for their hard work and dedication, and the company looks forward to building on this success in the future.

MCFL team members gathered after the audit.

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