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  • Celebrating Women & Diversity in STEM

    In 1918, Edith Clarke became the first woman to earn an electrical engineering degree from MIT; she also received a patent for technology that solved electric power transmission line issues and became the first female professor of electrical engineering in the United States.

    Emily Roebling served as chief engineer during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, completed in 1883; Martha Coston created signaling flares, still used by the U.S. Navy today; and Stephanie Kwolek, one of the first female research chemists, created Kevlar. These women throughout history have one thing in common; they were engineers – and many of their accomplishments live on today, having successfully paved the path for future female engineers.

    However, in modern times – still, only 13% of engineers are women¹. We at Fit-Line Global (FLG) think that needs to change and are grateful for our CEO, Ronni Levinson, who started the company 27 years ago and has led the business through multiple stretches of growth and success. She has built Fit-Line into a company that thrives on diversity and inclusion for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

    One of Fit-Line’s mechanical engineers, Nichole Ortiz, is a shining example of what it takes to be an engineer at FLG. Nichole works alongside the team at Fit-Line to ensure that current products and innovations are thriving and propelling Fit-Line Global to the next level.

    Read below for a Q&A with Nichole – and join us in celebrating the women of Fit-Line Global on International Women’s Day today, March 8th. We are grateful for everything she does, as well as the rest of the strong and brilliant women employed at Fit-Line.

    Q: What are you passionate about in your practice?
    Nichole: I am passionate about the impact that engineers have in this world and for our future. Designing, planning, and testing the technology and key components that will shape how our world advances is very exciting. Every project, no matter how big or small, impacts how things will be done in the future. Engineers are the people who carry the responsibility of making things better, faster, easier, and more efficient. Every project is meant to create and build a better future. At Fit-Line, I am able to work alongside different departments to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of our processes and products – paving the path toward a world where our products are integral in the advancement of technology.

    Q: What can we learn from having diversity in the workplace?
    Nichole: Diversity in the workplace is essential to stimulate the most abundant and creative ideas. Every person has value to add to their team and company. By creating a diverse environment full of passionate employees with different views, experiences, and knowledge bases – companies can cultivate a team more valuable than any single-minded entity. Here at Fit-Line, the integration of genders and races of people from different backgrounds has allowed for a broad spectrum of knowledge and perspective that is utilized to advance the goals and values of Fit-Line. The women at Fit-Line play a crucial role in executing the vision and demands that make Fit-Line a leader in its industry; demonstrating how women – especially women in STEM – are key contributors to growth and progress.

    Q: Tell us about a key moment that defined your career.
    Nichole: A key moment that defined my career occurred during my graduation ceremony from the University of Arizona. The Dean of Engineering gave a speech where he stated, “Engineers are the people who are responsible for guiding our future but will never be known for it.” The words he spoke resonated with me. They made me understand that what I achieve in my career is not only a personal accomplishment but also a service to a future for everyone; it is a responsibility that cannot be made selfishly to succeed.

    Q: What project at FLG are you most proud of and why?
    Nichole: I don’t believe there is a single project that I value more than others. Every project at Fit-Line Global adds value to the company’s growth and ability to be an industry leader. Finding ways to improve and excel at all facets of our manufacturing process is what allows Fit-Line to stand out among competitors. Every project improves our ability to continue making advances in the semiconductor industry, and I am proud to be part of the amazing team of engineers, executives and staff at Fit-Line that collectively contribute to our success.

    Q: Why did you join FLG? What excites you about working with this team?
    Nichole: I joined Fit-Line Global because I viewed my position and the company as an opportunity to learn and grow. Our team focuses on working together to execute the advances that will take our company to the next level – and it’s an honor to work alongside my colleagues. Collaborating with a team of individuals who share a passion for growth and hard work make our successes and achieving company goals rewarding.

    To learn more about Fit-Line Global, visit: www.fit-lineglobal.com.

    Note: [1] According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm

  • Fit-Line Global’s Ultra-High Purity Fittings Shows Commitment to Quality

     

    Fit-Line Global fittings demonstrate their leak-free quality by withstanding a three-month copper sulfate thermo pressure test. 

    At Fit-Line Global, we are committed to delivering cost-effective products that are reliable for practical use in the semiconductor industry. In line with this vision, our standard fittings are specifically designed for high-purity fluid processing applications that meet and surpass industry standards. We provide over 3,000 fittings that are SEMI F57 compliant and manufactured from virgin high-purity PFA or PVDF resin. While we are proud of our commitment to quality, we want to make sure that our products ultimately serve our customers well.

    For more than 92 days, we conducted a thermo pressure test on 40 different PFA flare fittings, under the following conditions:

    • Liquid: Copper Sulfate, 80% molar solution
    • Pressure: 60 psi
    • Temperature: 80⁰F

    Upon the conclusion of the test, none of the fittings leaked. No leaks are remarkable, because, like frozen water, copper sulfate forms crystals once it encounters oxygen and begins to evaporate. After testing for more than three months, we found that our fittings were not only compatible but also ideal for plating systems using copper sulfate within the semiconductor industry.

    “The system worked out well,” said Frank Hayes, president of Fit-Line Global. “We didn’t have any leaks or any impending issue through the whole thermal cycling of everything we did.”

    Further, copper sulfate usually runs at a higher temperature, which is why we had to consider thermal cycling to determine the compatibility of the fittings. With that in mind, the results of the test, showing no leaks or thermal issues, demonstrate the quality of Fit-Line Global’s products.

    To learn more about Fit-Line Global’s product line or to speak with a representative, visit www.fit-lineglobal.com.

  • Marco Miranda FLG Prepares the Next Generation of Innovators

    At Fit-Line Global investing in the future of our industry is at an all-time high. Our global economy is changing daily, and with it, the talents, skills and experience needed to be a part of the growth cycle are too. We understand the importance of empowering the next generation of thinkers, doers, and innovators, because they will be the ones to push us to new frontiers in the sciences. The internship program at Fit-Line Global is a comprehensive dive into the world of engineering, design and manufacturing.

    We recently sat down with Marco Miranda, a 20-year-old senior studying chemistry at the University of California, Irvine for a quick Q&A session on what he likes about his internship experience at Fit-Line Global and how it is helping him prepare for his future.

    FLG: What does your internship at Fit-Line Global entail?

    Marco: My internship at Fit-Line Global includes adding changes to existing parts to create a drawing for each, as well as their respective PNG renderings. In addition, because Fit-Line encourages versatility, I assist in their five-stage component clean room process.

    FLG: Why did you pursue an internship at Fit-Line Global?

    Marco: I pursued this internship because I wanted to learn more about how properties of certain materials and purity (examples PVDF/PFA), are affected based on temperature and pressure applied. As a chemistry major, these are the types of studies and hands-on work that I appreciate the most.

    FLG: What’s your favorite part about interning at Fit-Line Global?

    Marco: My favorite part about interning at Fit-Line Global is being able to see my work when a final project is complete. Furthermore, I am appreciative that I can continue my education at school without having to stress about not having enough time to work. The company is very flexible with hours and continuously encourages me to complete my educational journey.

    FLG: What advice would you give other students who are looking for an internship?

    Marco: My advice would for other students would be to not feel like you must know everything or be the best. Just be prepared to work hard and not shy away from challenges.

    After graduation, Marco plans to work on a water purification engineering site in hopes of acquiring enough knowledge and training to become an innovator within the industry.

    For more information on internship opportunities at Fit-Line Global, please contact our administrative office.

  • A Pro-Active Approach to Sustainable Practices

    For over 25 years, Fit-Line Global™ has been a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, patented and cost-effective fitting solutions for high-purity fluid processing applications to the semiconductor industry. While Fit-Line Global delivers innovative engineering solutions to our customers, we are also cognizant of the need to minimize our global environmental impact. We view these industry challenges as an opportunity to invest in sustainable and socially responsible solutions for our multi-stakeholder community.  As such, Fit-Line Global takes a comprehensive approach to managing its impact on the environment and local communities. The Company’s commitment to environmental consciousness benefits our people and the planet, while at the same time, it just makes good business sense.

    To this end Fit-Line Global has a pro-active environmental compliance process that actively engages our partners to provide a full material disclosure or FMD that enables us to know the exact content of our products.  We then use this data to ensure compliance with local and international regulations that are focused on human and environmental protection. This ensures our customers are also in compliance and that our products can be properly stored, used, recycled, or discarded to minimize any potential impact on our local and global environments.

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    At Fit-Line Global our supply chain works for our customers and for our planet.  Our process enables us to produce a FMD for our products at the time a product is released to the market or upon customer request.  This process meets the needs of our customers, while minimizing our global footprint.

    Quality without compromise of Our Planet; that’s the Fit-Line Global way!

  • Innovation is Key to Success

    INNOVATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS

    At Fit-Line Global we constantly push ourselves to develop the highest-quality products, achieve efficient processes, and meet the evolving needs of our customers.

    For over twenty-five years, we’ve worked tirelessly to understand those customers’ needs and develop solutions to support their KPIs and “go-to-market” strategies. That’s why we expect our associates to be innovative. We want to find ways through our business practices to change the way we do business. That’s the culture we are trying to drive. Where everyone feels free to express themselves in areas that bring out the best in Fit-Line Global.

    We believe in the importance of innovation and the spirit of human ingenuity. By supporting innovation to push the limits of what can be done, we enable advancements in technology on a global scale.

    In 2015, SEMI published the new industry standard for measuring the amount of iron contamination in PFA materials (tube, valves, fittings, resin) used in the semiconductor industry for liquid chemical distribution. And, in response to that, we made several capital equipment investments to push the boundaries of what we can offer our clients.

    In 2018, only two and half years after the new standard was published, we successfully announced that our innovative manufacturing process was successful in meeting the SEMI C90-1015 standard. Meeting the standard has officially made Fit-Line Global the first organization in the world to become C90-1015 compliant for PFA fittings. The announcement was recently posted to the SEMI website (http://www1.semi.org/en/press/fit-line-global-becomes-first-develop-high-purity-semi-c90-1015-compliant-pfa-fittings)

    Our goal is to have a culture around innovation where every associate feels like their efforts help to make Fit-Line Global a better place and help make our customers more successful. That way they really feel engaged in what they’re doing every day and what they do matters.

    To learn more about Fit-Line Global, visit www.fit-lineglobal.com.

  • First to Develop High Purity Semi C90-1015 Compliant PFA Fittings

    Fit-Line Global becomes first to develop High Purity SEMI C90-1015 Compliant PFA fittings

    There are certain moments in an organization’s history that define the company and the path it is on. Monumental moments of accomplishment and innovation. At Fit-Line Global, one of those moments has occurred.

    Fit-Line Global is proud to announce that it has become the first high-purity component supplier to become SEMI C90-1015 compliant.

    SEMI C90-1015 is the new industry standard for measuring and limiting the amount of Iron contamination in PFA materials used in the semiconductor industry for liquid chemical distribution systems. The company achieved this monumental development through its proprietary manufacturing process, which includes injection molding, a 5-stage cleaning process, and packaging in a Class 1000 Clean Room.

    Several PFA fitting samples were tested by Balazs™ NanoAnalysis in accordance with the SEMI C90-1015 specification. All samples passed well below the limits of 5 µg/m².

    “At Fit-Line Global, we are committed to meet the future needs of industry leading integrated device manufacturers that require consistency and quality control of all the products for high-volume manufacturing use,” said George Alvarado, vice president and general manager. “Becoming C90 compliant was achieved through a significant capital equipment investment by the company and amazing ingenuity from our team of engineers and process technicians. This is a proud and momentous achievement for Fit-Line Global and the semiconductor industry.”

    The new industry standard for measuring the amount of Iron contamination in PFA materials (tube, valves, fittings, resin) used in the semiconductor industry for liquid chemical distribution was first published by the SEMI organization in 2015.

    To learn more about this break-through achievement, contact a Fit-Line Global representative today.