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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

  • 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.

  • SemiCon West 2019 Recap

    This month our team attended the annual SEMICON West trade show in San Francisco, held in the city’s Moscone Center from July 9-11. Every year, SEMICON West brings the best of the best under one roof to showcase dynamic products and host discussions connecting the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain industries. We were proud to showcase our newly reimagined global brand, booth and commitment to quality for our customers this year.

    Themed BEYOND SMART and presented by Semi, SEMICON West featured top technologists and industry leaders highlighting cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and quantum computing and trends in Smart Transportation, Smart Manufacturing, Smart MedTech, Smart Data and workforce development.

    For us at Fit-Line Global™, the show offered a wonderful opportunity to meet with our many industry partners, distributers and customers. We shared news on the recent development of our high purity SEMI C90-1015 compliant PFA fittings, as well as a demonstration of our Mobile TruFLARE™ technology. We also joined with industry partners Saint-Gobain and Heateflex for a fun and engaging raffle where visitors to all three company booths were entered into a contest to win a MacBook Air. The lucky winner was Rumeet Desai an engineering student from San Jose State University.

    SEMICON West 2019 was a huge success for all of us involved and the team has already circled next year’s show dates on the calendar. We’ve gone through a lot of change in the past twelve months at Fit-Line and more big announcements are coming in the year ahead! Stay tuned and make sure to follow this blog and our LinkedIn page for future company announcements.

  • 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.

  • 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.