United Moulders Limited (UML) started manufacturing plastic injection mouldings in Hampshire, England over 45 years ago. The company originally specialised in the conversion of high performance engineering polymers into complicated products for the aerospace and defence sectors. Added value assembly and testing processes became firmly established in the company's culture.
The original MK3 Automatic Lifejacket Inflator was developed for the Ministry of Defence to provide lifesaving assistance for naval military personnel. After the product was launched in 1964, the MK3 inflator was subsequently adopted by the leading commercial and leisure inflatable lifejacket manufacturer, Crewsaver of Gosport, Hampshire.
In 1998 the MK5 Automatic Inflation unit was launched along with a Manual Inflator, Oral Inflator and Manifold Adaptor. The product range, having been originally approved in accordance with the requirements of the CEN lifejacket Standards, was quickly adopted by the majority of European lifejacket manufacturers.
All of the manufacturing and assembly processes are closely controlled by the company's quality system which is approved in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.
Today, our professional team of designers focus on upgrading the functionality and performance of existing products, whilst developing new devices to ensure the UML range of lifesaving products benefit from continuous, world class improvements. This continuous product development program is fully supported through all new products being approved to ISO:12402 Part 7.
UML operates a quality management system which complies with BS EN ISO 9001:2008, which is accredited by The British Standards Institution.
From the initial product development concept through to final delivery to our customers, rigid Quality Assurance procedures are followed. This includes pre-production testing and subsequent approval at Fleetwood Testing Laboratory www.blackpool.ac.uk/fosc to the relevant CEN and/or SOLAS requirements. In production clear and concise work instructions are displayed for the assembly technicians, with various sign off stages, to ensure the components are to standard and incorporating specific customers test requirements. The main body of the Inflation System is 100% function tested using automated testing equipment to ensure you can depend on our products and a percentage of finished products are test fired to ensure the optimum performance is maintained.
The range of automatic and manual inflation devices are individually serial numbered anddate coded which enables UML to maintain complete batch traceability, from the raw materials through the manufacturing process, test results and delivery history.
A copy of the UML Quality Management System Certificate of Registration is available on request.
A substantial commitment to practical testing of UML products, provides the stimulus for product upgrades and improvements. Combine these ongoing product developments with meeting the demands of the latest ISO Standard (12402 part 7) for Personal Flotation Devices and Inflatable Lifejacket Components and the result is that UML products remain at the leading edge of industry performance.
UML product improvements or new product ideas are documented and developed by our professional team of Design Engineers and Project Managers who take the individual projects through concept, prototype and then onto the tooling and production stages.
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