Net-Inspect provides supply chain and quality improvement software to manufacturers across the world.
Net-Inspect was founded by Mike Dunlop and his team at QPM Aerospace after successfully implementing the software in their manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon. Net-Inspect is now used by over 6,000 companies in 48 different countries.
Net-Inspect was originally developed in 1999 by Mike Dunlop and his team at QPM Aerospace, an aerospace component manufacturing company. The team needed a new and responsive quality system to complement the state-of-the-art manufacturing plant they were building in Portland, Oregon. The plan was to have all 45 of the facility's Mori Seiki machines fully integrated into the quality system. These CNC machines were the basis of a planned lights-out operation that would make QPM capable of competing globally in terms of both cost and quality.
The QPM team reviewed the existing quality management systems available and realized that to achieve their quality and cost goals, they needed to design their own system. The team wanted a proactive system that would prevent quality issues from occurring rather than just documenting them when they occurred. The early versions of the software convinced them that Net-Inspect’s advanced process management, with its rigorous root cause analysis (CAPA), would significantly reduce scrap and rework costs and reduce deviation in the machining process.
This process predictability, together with lights-out manufacturing, created a very stable platform that was used as the catalyst for the company’s sales growth from $300,000 to $30,000,000 in less than ten years.
After a full year of testing at QPM Aerospace, the software was ready for prime time. In September 2001, Net-Inspect was formally launched as one of the first Software as a Service (SaaS) companies.
Minebea (NMB) becomes Net-Inspect’s first customer.
ASCO Industries records the 1,000,000th measurement entered in Net-Inspect.
Honeywell Aerospace’s Yeovil facility becomes the first company to complete a Net-Inspect First Article Inspection.
Net-Inspect signs an agreement with Vought Aircraft to implement the FAI system for all of its suppliers.
Spirit AeroSystems and its suppliers sign on with Net-Inspect's First Article Inspection system.
Airbus suppliers start to implement Net-Inspect for First Article Inspections.
Net-Inspect signs an agreement with Rolls-Royce for its global supply chain.
Bombardier signs a long-term agreement for all divisions, both internally and for their respective supply chains.
Net-Inspect’s 10,000,000th measurement is recorded by GE Unison Group.
Honeywell selects Net-Inspect for FAIs and inspection processes for all 54 divisions and over 2000 suppliers.
Triumph Group’s Long Island facility becomes the 5,000th company to sign up with Net-Inspect.
Net-Inspect’s 1,000,000th First Article Inspection Report is submitted by Eck and Eck Machine Co. to Spirit AeroSystems.
Thortex enters the 40,000,000th measurement into the Net-inspect system.
Pratt & Whitney starts to implement Net-Inspect in their global supply chain, including sub-tiers.