In 2014, Golden West Technology achieved another major milestone in company history by reaching 3 million units delivered to our customers. As a testament to how consistently busy we’ve been over many years and how increasingly busy GWT has become recently, it took only 8 years to reach the last million as compared to 18 years for the first million, and 13 years for the second million.
In an effort to improve and continually produce safe and reliable products, Golden West Technology is now certified per the IEC/TC 62239-1 Specifications for Part 1: Preparation and maintenance of an Electronic Component Management Plan (ECMP) – Process Management for Avionics. At the heart of the plan is the SAE AS5553 Rev. A – Aerospace Standard for Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronics Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation and Disposition. This standard was created in response to the growing concern of increasing volume of counterfeit electronic parts entering the aerospace supply chain. In addition to adopting the overall plan, GWT has implemented the proper procedures and practices to address procurement, inspection, risk mitigation and acceptable public reporting of counterfeit components.
Golden West Technology opened for business back in 1974 serving just one customer in the beginning. Now 40 years later, we serve multiple industries like the medical, industrial and aerospace markets and well over 20 active customers. GWT has been very successful developing long-term relationships with our customers…22 with our largest industrial customer, almost 15 with our largest medical company, and 7 years with our largest aerospace customer.
Derek Bannon, who recently joined the Company as a Quality Manager, has completed the rigorous, 5 day training course with a local vendor… and is now fully qualified to administer internal workmanship training at GWT. GWT employees currently undergo an internal training program for IPC—610 revision E workmanship training.
GWT has just acquired a CRTechnology, CRX-2000 xray machine that immediately upgrades our present capability. This machine has a larger xray chamber comparatively speaking and the ability for 360 degree rotation and 30 degree tiit aliows for better overall viewing and inspection.