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Quality People, Quality Results

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What Is Source Inspection, and Why Is It Important?

Source inspection companies provide supplier audits to confirm that a product or component meets their specifications. An audit can involve any combination of testing the finished item, reviewing the supplier’s quality control systems or inspecting the applicable machining and manufacturing equipment, among other checks.

Source inspection companies deliver value for clients in several ways:

  • By eliminating or reducing the risk of production errors, leading to improved efficiency and overall profitability
  • By reducing product delays, ensuring parts are delivered on time and in conformance with end-user expectations
  • By minimizing liability and providing a clear auditing trail in the event of a product recall
  • By providing insights into the manufacturing process that can help you streamline operations and position yourself for growth in a sustainable manner

A source inspection is only as useful as the company providing it. This is something we believe strongly at NTS Unitek. It’s something that informs our slogan, “Quality people, quality results,” and it speaks to the overall value we provide for our clients. When you work with us, you are working with a company that delivers on its promise of unparalleled industry expertise.

We have a long history of serving clients in the defense, aerospace and aviation industries. With AS9100 certification, we are an approved partner to OEMs that must meet DOD, NASA and FAA quality requirements. Ultimately, however, regulatory compliance is only the first step in running a more effective business. We will provide comprehensive solutions that keep your costs down, improve productivity and strengthen quality controls across the supply chain.

Related Services

As a leading source inspection company, we provide various related services that support your business goals:

  • Process auditing to confirm your suppliers’ adherence to your requirements
  • Program auditing to assess your suppliers’ ability to meet future requirements
  • Supplier development using lean manufacturing/Six Sigma and related programs to improve supplier capabilities
  • Management system auditing to evaluate supplier capabilities and engage a commitment to continuous quality improvement

At NTS Unitek, we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Our services are customized to meet your unique needs and can include any combination of the above. Visit our individual service pages for details about our capabilities, or contact a representative to discuss your needs directly.

Why NTS Unitek?

Supplier Funded Programs

NTS Unitek’s supplier funded programs transfer the cost and responsibility of quality assurance to your suppliers. Participating suppliers work with us to achieve self-release status based on your requirements, and they are rewarded for producing products of a consistent quality. Our team oversees everything, coordinating activities with each supplier and performing all records management and reporting. 

  • Supplier funded services can include any of our core program offerings. Benefits of participation include:
  • A reduction in non-value-added costs and administrative responsibilities
  • Better coordination between supplier and stakeholder objectives
  • Clearer documentation of technical requirements
  • Improved overall quality of individual parts and components

More than 1,000 NTS Unitek customers participate in supplier funded programs. Regardless of the extent and complexity of your supply chain, we can develop a plan that saves you money, improves accountability and streamlines the quality management process.

NTS Unitek has distinguished itself among source inspection companies based on our experience, our in-house resources and our proven approach to quality management. Our technical specialists have an average of 20 years’ experience, while our support staff includes seasoned engineers and subject matter experts. Drawing from this global pool of talent, we can develop solutions that manage risk and optimize product quality. 

The key to our ability to serve clients is our “Command Center” approach. Clients work exclusively with a dedicated project manager, who is their principal point of contact for any questions or issues related to source inspection or other quality management issues. With this approach, we can share resources between business units, standardize program activities and deliver more value for your money. 

A suite of web-based tools complements the Command Center system and gives clients access to real-time support and data collection. Through these and other products, our goal is to make information accessible and provide complete transparency over what we do and the results we achieve.

Who We Serve

Supplier funded programs and the Command Center approach are both NTS Unitek exclusives developed as a result of our deep industry expertise. Since 1973, we have been providing quality system surveys and other supply chain management services for clients in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Defense
  • Energy (wind and power)
  • Medical
  • Transportation

Our core values include organizational integrity, respect for the individual, quality customer service and a strong desire to embrace and promote change. We believe that a successful team can only be driven by quality people, which is why we’re highly selective in who we work with. 

Visit our Testimonials page to see some of the praise we’ve received from major clients around the world.  

We Engineer Success

NTS Unitek provides comprehensive source inspection, program auditing and other supply chain management services. Our team includes engineers, quality management specialists and project coordinators — all of whom possess an extensive background in risk management and product optimization, with an emphasis on serving the aerospace, aviation and defense industries.

With our services, your company can move beyond regulatory compliance to run a leaner, more productive and ultimately more profitable business. Keep exploring our website to learn about who we are and what we can do for you. To arrange a consultation with one of our project managers, submit a request using the form on this page. 

Getting Started

Get in touch with NTS Unitek to get started today. We can assist with general quality improvement across-the-board, or lead a structured response to a current issue with one of your suppliers. In everything we do, our goal is to be an effective extension of your business. We’ll work with you to determine the best combination of systems and services for your organization. 

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What Our Clients Are Saying:

"There is not a member of our team that does not agree that NTS-Unitek has proven that one individual really can make a tremendous impact."