Homeland Security & Defense Industry Rely on The Hope Group
Since Revolutionary war days, the New England region has been an academic and manufacturing incubator for advanced weaponry design and development. In today’s current environment of heightened Homeland Security and global entanglements overseas, the push for military and defense munitions, equipment and systems continues. As a result, The Hope Group has found opportunity within the New England six-state region to bring its engineering and manufacturing capabilities to the table with the local defense contractors for weapons, communications, logistic and other support systems.
Defense Project Solutions
Our sales engineers, design team and fabricators have been working on project solutions that range from motion-simulators, to portable communications antennas, to boom-turret actuators, to smart bomb systems, weapon systems cooling and vehicle shock mitigation technologies. Each of these projects has been completed, is currently underway or reached contract stage. The growing impact of the defense market for the company has been significant and currently represents over ten percent of all sales.
Military Ground Systems
Our partnership with Parker has played an important part in identifying and securing the interest of defense contractors with the special capabilities that exist at The Hope Group. The Parker military ground systems group has marshaled all of the resources of Parker’s various specialized divisions into a integrated solution provider. For example, a military vehicle upgrade might involve an electronic cooling system, a fuel management system, a hydraulic steering system and an electronic control system, which would require the blending of skills from its Hydraulic, Mobile, Automation, Seal and Fluid Connector divisions. Tapping this powerful coordination within Parker has permitted us to bring a full-line presence to the defense contractors seeking integrated solutions for their new systems.
The Defense and Homeland Security requirements nationally have grown dramatically over the past decade and appear positioned to sustain that growth in the years ahead. Through our certification as an ISO 9001 and ITAR Certified manufacturing facility we have successfully introduced ourselves to the regional and national defense manufacturing community as a source for hydraulic, pneumatic, fluid conditioning and sealing solutions.
The US Army relies on sealing solutions made by Parker to keep the penetrating dust of the desert war zone from entering the military vehicles used by our soldiers.
The US Navy relied on motion and control technology provided by The Hope Group using Parker cylinders and controllers for its specialized motion simulator test stand.
To participate effectively in the defense contracting industry, The Hope Group sought and received its ITAR registration under the auspices of the US Department of State and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations. The Department of State interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to advance national strategic objectives and US foreign policy via the trade controls under ITAR.
For practical purposes, ITAR regulations dictate that information and material pertaining to defense and military related technologies may only be shared with US persons unless approval from the Department of State is received or special exemption is used. The regulations are designed to help protect designs, test data, processes, software codes, etc. Today, when a defense contractor asks if we are ITAR registered, the answer is yes – and proud of it.
ISO 9001 Certified
Not just for the rigors of the defense contractor industry, but for the benefit of itself and all of its industrial customers, The Hope Group sought and was upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 Certification, marking nearly three decades with the designation. The ISO designation is generally described as an established Quality Management System standard which can be customized into a powerful improvement tool. ISO 9001:2015 scope has been expanded to include “the distribution, design, engineering, service and manufacture of motion control and compressed air systems including engineered systems, pneumatic, automation and electrical control panels.”
In practical terms, to implement an ISO 9000 QMS a company seeking certification must:
- Define its quality oriented policies and objectives,
- Control its processes,
- Measure performance,
- Use the information obtained to make improvement,
- Keep a record of all pertinent upgrades and improvements. The company is subject to annual audits to assure that it is keeping its commitment to setting and maintaining policies and processes for an effective quality management system.
The Hope Group earned its ITAR registration last year to make it eligible to be a sub-contractor to many of the region’s primary military contractors.
Maintaining its ISO certification is part of The Hope Group’s commitment to a Quality program and Continuous Improvement as a routine matter for doing business with the military.