ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management
Every single collector we manufacture is subject to at least 76 Quality Control Inspections to ensure a quality product.
These QC Inspections are performed through-out the entire manufacturing process – from receiving of raw materials, to the final loading and shipping of finished product.
Aquatherm manufactures all collectors and system components under one roof at our 50,000 square foot facility in Lakewood, NJ to ISO 90001:2008 Quality Management Standards. In fact, we take great pride in being the only U.S. solar manufacturer that can make that claim.
The Proof is in the Pellets
We receive raw materials in the form of plastic resin “pellets,” which are then melted, extruded, assembled, and tested.
Products made from plastic typically start out as one-of-two types of resin blends:
Masterbatch: Natural (clear) resin pellets are mixed with a concentrate during the extrusion process. This concentrate would contain additives and fillers used to affect the end-product’s physical appearance or properties. Sometimes called a “salt-and-pepper blend,” this type of mix is less expensive for the manufacturer to use, but can often result in uneven distribution of key additives.
Precompounded: Compounding is a process of melt-blending plastics with other additives. This process alters the physical, thermal, or aesthetic characteristics of the plastic. Compounding starts with a base resin, which is blended with additives in an industrial mixer, producing a final resin ready for use in manufacturing. Additives are evenly distributed throughout the resin and subsequent end-products.