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  1. O’Keefe Controls Aids COVID-19 Healthcare with Innovative Solutions

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     In this period of uncertainty, no one has been left untouched by COVID-19. It is important—maybe more than ever—to remember that we are here for one another. At O’Keefe Controls Co., we are taking action to address the ongoing needs of our employees and our business so that we may continue to provide the technologies that are so vital to our world. Our leadership has been working tirelessly for our employees, for our customers, and for our community. Below are some of the actions we are taking as an organization.

    Providing Our Customers with Innovative Solutions

     O’Keefe Controls Co. products and systems are helping with the front-line effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 and support treatment around the world. We have been working with a variety of customers to supply them with precision orifices for ventilator and other breathing equipment to support hospital workers. With the limitations on supply chains we are seeing, we have found innovative ways to be able to assist customers in developing precision orifices that fit the form, function, and performance requirements needed, and which we can manufacture. During these trying times, we want to do what we can to make our country stronger, get products to hospitals faster, and do our part to help save as many lives as possible.

    Helping Our Community

     In reaction to the shortage of PPE for healthcare workers, O’Keefe Controls Co. has stepped in to utilize our 3D printing capabilities to provide face shields for local area hospitals. Using open-sourced shield designs, engineers at O’Keefe Controls have been iterating through configurations to provide protection to the nurses caring for our community. “Healthcare workers are on the front-lines every day dealing with this crisis, we want to do our part to support them,” says John Butala, VP of Technology & Engineering.

    Safeguarding Our Employees

     At O’Keefe Controls Co., the health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. As a company that supplies product to the OEMs of the medical community, our employees are essential to providing equipment that is needed to save lives. “We are enormously proud of our employees who have stepped up and have worked tirelessly to deliver technologies used in ventilators to treat those who are sick, while balancing their own safety at this time,” says Patrick O’Keefe, President of O’Keefe Controls.

     While we have had no cases of COVID-19 among our workforce, we have taken early and aggressive action to help prevent the spread of the virus in our workplace. Several weeks ago, we installed individual computer stations for each manufacturing employee to check-in and check-out parts. This action eliminated the need for the use of common workstations. Out of an abundance of caution, we have now transitioned to split shifts to further reduce contact and interactions and have implemented factory wipe downs between shifts. With Team A working in the mornings and Team B working in the evenings, O’Keefe Controls is working around the clock to serve our customers.


  2. O’Keefe Controls Co. Announces ISO 9001:2015 Registration

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    O’Keefe Controls Co. announced it has received ISO 9001:2015 registration for its Quality Management System (QMS). The registration was received after an independent audit conducted by American Systems Registrar, an accredited ISO registrar based in Wyoming, MI. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization.  O’Keefe Controls Co. is a manufacturer of fluid control devices, including precision orifices.

    Through its ISO 9001:2015 registration, O’Keefe Controls Co. joins an elite group of companies in 170 countries worldwide that adhere to established criteria defining a Quality Management System.  The ISO 9001:2015 registration is a strong validation of a focus on quality, according to Patrick O’Keefe, President of O’Keefe Controls Co. He stated, “As a lean enterprise, continuous improvement is paramount in how we approach business. We emphasize a systematic approach to ensure product quality with an eye towards continuous improvement that provides customer satisfaction.

    “Essentially what this registration conveys is that when customers turn to us as a resource for a fluid control device, they can have full confidence that the product they specify is of consistent and repeatable quality due largely to the quality management system that we have deployed,” O’Keefe said. “The QMS structure encouraged by the ISO 9001:2015 standard and our emphasis on lean culture have had a positive impact on our success in increasing customer satisfaction.”

    ISO 9001:2015 is the most updated version of the standard; it focuses on a quality management system’s structure and performance. It assists companies in developing a robust quality management system that aligns quality with a wider business strategy. The current version of the standard emphasizes risk-based thinking and accountability in all organizational processes in order to improve effective communications and to facilitate continuous improvement.

    A copy of the O’Keefe Controls ISO 9001:2015 certificate is available for download at www.okeefecontrols.com  For more information on O’Keefe Controls Co.’s registration contact Jim Fleming, Lean Quality Coordinator, by email at jfleming@okeefecontrols.com or call 800.553.3285. Based in Monroe, CT, O’Keefe Controls Co. is a world-class producer of precision orifices and fluid control devices used in a wide range of liquid and gas flow metering applications.