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What Does it Take To Be a Qualified Producer?

Jul 15, 2020 07:57 AM

We have mentioned time and time again that we are proud producers of military specification wire rope, strand, and aircraft cable. We take this responsibility very seriously, not only because we offer the largest quantity of Mil-Spec products of any cable manufacturer, but also because we are committed to maintaining high quality standards across our entire company. With over sixty years in business, we have adapted our skill set and experience to become Qualified Producers of MIL-DTL-83420, MIL-DTL-87161, MIL-DTL-83140, and more, which allows us to manufacture products for mission-critical applications worldwide. To better understand how these specifications differentiate us from traditional manufacturers, here is a closer look at what it means to be a Qualified Producer.     

Qualified Producers of military specification cable products are listed in a government database known as the Qualified Producers’ Database. Formerly called the Qualified Producer’s List, these designations are commonly abbreviated as QPL or QPD and they are controlled, updated, and actively managed by the military. In order to produce certifiably Mil-Spec products, such as MIL-DTL-83420 flexible wire rope for aircraft control, companies must be listed on the QPL/QPD. If a manufacturer produces wire rope “in accordance to” MIL-DTL-83420 but they are not a Qualified Producer, then their product does not technically comply.

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Each Mil-Spec cable, wire rope, or strand receives its own individual specification, which outlines manufacturing requirements such as construction, material, coating, and wire diameter. These details are specific and thorough, and they ensure products are continually manufactured to the same stringent standards. Military specification products also require extensive testing to ensure appropriate performance, which is why each document includes sections committed to testing procedures for endurance, stretch, strength, etc. The military regularly reviews manufacturer data to ensure that each procedure is accurately documented and performed, and that each product meets specification standards. It should also be noted that manufacturers must acquire and maintain their QPL/QPD status for each individual specification, and that being on the QPL/QPD for one product does not automatically qualify them for others.

As you can see, we take our military specifications very seriously as a testament to our quality commitment. To see our full range of specifications, visit the resource library on our website or contact us for more information.