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  • The Fit-Line Family Grows with New Engineering Manager

    Despite these unprecedented times, Fit-Line Global continues to operate as an essential business – and what we like to call, “a work family.” With everything going on, our work never stops; we continue to take measures to ensure the safety and health of all and remain dedicated to running all production orders and supporting our customers.

    To that end, we’re proud to announce that Bob Stellflue has joined Fit-Line as engineering manager. We’re pleased to add his experience to an already world-class team and want to share more about his role below. Take a look below to learn a little more about Bob.

    Engineering Manager
    Bob will lead the engineering department in the development of new products. He comes to Fit-Line with a track record of success managing the design and manufacturing process to maximize organizational output. He is well versed in the methodologies to efficiently and effectively analyze product development, ensure optimal design, and prioritize data management to streamline workloads.

    “In this new role, I plan to lead the engineering department toward new efficiency goals from concept to production by focusing heavily on design for manufacturability processes and implementing a new data management system. Executing new procedures as a team will be very rewarding – and our customers will continue to reap the benefits of the Fit-Line Global promise for a customer experience that is second-to-none.”
    – Bob Stellflue

     

    Experience
    Bob has the education and hands-on experience necessary to apply Design for Manufacturing principles to optimize manufacturing functions. These will help Fit-Line to reduce costs, further improve quality and enhance our ability to bring new solutions to market on time.

    In his most recent position with Associated Electrics in Lake Forest, Calif., as senior design engineer, Bob managed all phases of CPG engineering from concept to completion – including, but not limited to: R&D, design, prototyping, testing, sourcing, build, production, and commercialization.

    Fun Fact
    Bob has designed and developed high-performance radio-controlled race cars in five racing categories. With the technical and engineering leadership needed to manage his teams, Bob has won four IFMAR (International Federation for Model Auto Racing) World Championship titles as lead design engineer and participated in an additional nine IFMAR World Championship titles in design collaboration.

    The Fit-Line team welcomes Bob to the family and looks forward to him building on Fit-Line’s commitment to operational excellence and on-time delivery.

    Please join us in welcoming Bob!

  • 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

  • FLG to be featured at SEMICON West 2019

    Fit-Line Global to be featured at SEMICON West 2019 with Reimagined Global Brand and Continued Commitment to Quality

    Over the past six months we have gone through some major changes at Fit-Line Global®. From a complete company rebrand and announcing the development of high purity Semi C90-1015 compliant PFA fittings to establishing a pro-active environmental compliance process and hiring new team members, we have been working nonstop to bring our customers the best products, delivered on-time, and with the Fit-Line Global seal of quality.

    For over two decades, we’ve engineered and manufactured the Semiconductor industry’s most popular PFA and PVDF fitting configurations. From standard fittings to patented tube flaring systems and torque wrenches, to custom designs that are developed, manufactured and tested in our facility, we have the expertise and the know-how to ensure our customers get the most reliable and dependable components delivered on time. Our process is simple, but the key to everything. We leverage demand forecasting, inventory control, and how information flows between raw material suppliers and customers to ensure on-time delivery.

    That’s why we’re excited to be showcasing our reimagined global brand and process at SEMICON West, July 9-11, 2019 in booth #1950 in the South Hall at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Every year, SEMICON West brings the best of the best under one roof to showcase dynamic products and host discussions about the industry. It is a hub for new technology where everyone in attendance can gain insights, innovations and intelligence on how to get ahead and embrace the disruptive landscape of today’s microelectronic supply chain.

    With members of our team on-site for the three days, we’re excited about all the panels, product showcases, and innovations on display. Here are a few of the sessions that we are most excited for:

    • AI Design Form™: The Future of Computing – from Materials to Systems
    • Wearable Technologies Conference
    • TechTALK: Component Quality & Traceability in Microelectronics Manufacturing
    • Transportation Pavilion: Autonomous Driving: 2025 and Beyond
    • TechTALK: Materials Session – Reducing Risk for Customers
    • TechTALK: New Architectures to Enable the Intelligent Future

    We hope to see you this July in San Francisco! Stop by our booth, directly across from the SMART TRANSPORTATION showcase, to meet the team and learn how Fit-Line Global may help your business thrive. For more information on Fit-Line Global, visit www.fit-lineglobal.com.

  • Nima Taghavi - Quality Assurance Manager Nima A. Taghavi Joins the Fit-Line Family as Manager of Quality Assurance

    The team at Fit-Line Global™ is like a big family – and our family just grew in size with the addition of Nima Taghavi as the new Manager of Quality Assurance. The announcement of Nima’s hiring was made by George Alvarado at a recent staff meeting.

    As a leading component supplier for high-purity fluid processing applications, it is imperative that the products we make and ship around the world are of the highest quality. That process is a complex one that is only successful when everyone is doing their part. Nima will work to systematically improve our business and manufacturing processes, optimizing throughput, and minimizing waste through LEAN and Six Sigma best practices. He will apply this approach to the continual improvement of our ISO9001/2015 Business Management System.

    With his bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and experience in the plastic injection molding industry, Nima will help us take our quality to the next level.
    In addition, he will improve our pro-active environmental compliance process that actively engages our partners to provide a full material disclosure or FMD, which enables them to know the exact content of their products. This data will enable us to ensure compliance with local, state, national, and international regulations, while contributing to sound environmental protection on a global level.

    Nima is excited to be a part of the dynamic team here at Fit-Line Global – working with a balance of seasoned professionals and bright new minds. He looks forward to helping the company expand its capabilities and push the boundaries of the industry’s innovation, thus enabling the advancement of many technologies including artificial intelligence.

  • 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.

  • FLG Brand Fit-Line Inc. rebrands to become Fit-Line Global

    Fit-Line Inc. Rebrands with New Name, Logo, and Brand Identity

    Change is good. Change is important. Change helps to companies evolve to become something bigger and better than once perceived. For us at Fit-Line Inc., change has come in the form of a new brand identity, including a modernized name, logo, website, and refreshed look and feel for all branded experiences. We have officially changed our name to Fit-Line Global™. The name change is a result of an extensive rebranding effort designed to mirror the success and impact of our organization.

    “Fit-Line is an instantly recognized name in the semiconductor industry; however, the brand’s identity hasn’t evolved over the past 25 years,” said Frank Hayes, president and founder. “To thrive in this industry, product delivery and quality is imperative. We wanted to modernize and elevate the brand in a design that is simple, yet unquestionably Fit-Line.”

    The name Fit-Line Global takes into consideration our many partners and wide distribution network located in many countries around the world. Designing a brand mark to work seamlessly across all platforms and in multiple countries, while preserving the history was key to the overall effort. The new website (fit-lineglobal.com) is built on the latest responsive technology and is designed to be user-friendly and tell the complete story of Fit-Line Global’s history, product offerings, and service to the semiconductor industry.

    The success we have had during our 25-year history can be attributed to our commitment to quality products, delivered with the fastest lead time in the industry, and at a fair price. With these new changes, we bring forth a renewed and expanded commitment to our customers and relationship. In the spirit of rebranding, we will continue to bridge new gaps while simultaneously expanding our resources and capabilities across the semiconductor industry.

    The new brand identity is now live and will be integrated in all products, systems, and experiences over the next 60 days.

    To learn more about Fit-Line Global , contact a Fit-Line Global representative today.