TAG’s 35,000 square foot Advanced Engineering Concepts Center (AECC) features a state-of-the-art production floor for the manufacturing, and integration of our rugged computer systems. We provide unmatched reliability for your project by offering turn-key solutions designed for harsh environments. Additionally, we specialize in the ruggedization of sub-system components, reliability testing, and design validation.
All of TAG’s systems, from individual products to total integrated solutions, follow a manufacturing process that incorporates both Cellular and Flow Production techniques, both of which are key features for the lean manufacturing floor. The cellular production process utilizes groups of workstations, or “cells”, that are assigned distinct tasks in the product development cycle that can be progressively moved from one workstation to another without any delays.
On the TAG manufacturing floor these cells are dedicated to processes, sub-components, or entire products; each is conducive to one-touch manufacturing methods. Utilizing flow production, units are worked upon in stages, and then moved immediately to the next stage. Achieving this efficient production flow requires thorough pre-production planning to ensure that raw materials are purchased, and delivered,
This entire process allows TAG to manufacture, produce, and fulfill orders for multiple customers. Some of TAG’s key contract manufacturing customers include: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), Boeing, Lockheed Martin, CSC, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, SAIC, and Raytheon.
TAG's advanced engineering manufacturing facility helps maximize output of rugged computer systems, and enable the company to meet aggressive production schedules for future customer programs. The 35,000+ sq. ft. facility is located on TAG's 8-acre private campus in what is known as the Dulles Technology Corridor, and only minutes away from Dulles International Airport.
Vital to next-generation manufacturing is understanding the roles of innovation, knowledge, and people in ensuring the competitive readiness of a company. Manufacturing personnel are involved early in the design prototype process, leading to advanced product knowledge enabling them to quickly transition the product into mainstream production.
TAG’s system of verification is a Quality Assurance (QA) process that is used to evaluate whether or not a product, service, or system complies with a regulation, such as MIL-STD-810. Verification is typically carried out in development, scale-up, or production, and is a TAG internal process. Validation at TAG is the process of establishing documented evidence that provides a high degree of assurance that a product, service, or system accomplishes its intended requirements. This involves customer approval, and acceptance. Several important questions are asked during validation. One is, “Are you building the right thing?” Another is, “Are you building it right?”
'Building the right thing' refers to the customer, and end-user's needs; while 'building it right' checks that the proper development process was followed. In some cases, written customer approvals are required for each stage in addition to formal TAG procedures for determining compliance. This QA protocol allows TAG to ensure customer satisfaction throughout the engineering process.
To further provide a high-level of quality assurance the TAG manufacturing process implements self-inspection principles at each phase of the manufacturing process. Products are assembled, tested, and marked with traceability to the representative that produced the item. The collaboration of these processes yields quick turnarounds of highly reliable, cost-effective solutions.
TAG also utilizes validated modeling software to verify structural and thermal integrity prior to performing physical validation testing. What does all of this mean? TAG doesn’t just build rugged IT solutions, but makes sure the product works, and that the customer’s requirements have been met.
Supply chain management (SCM) plays a significant factor in operating an efficient, and cost-effective manufacturing facility. TAG recognizes the importance of assigning a dedicated team of professionals to oversee SCM. This enables TAG to maintain a reasonable cost price ratio, yet allows for high quality of products.
Some of the key features of TAG’s supply chain management includes "Just-in-Time” part procurement, inventory management, development of product roadmaps, evaluation of procured materials, and analysis of supply alternatives. TAG supports our customers with End-of-Life (EOL) management, legacy part modernization/replacement, logistics, and inventory warehousing.
All of TAG’s systems, from individual products to total integrated solutions, follow a manufacturing process that incorporates both Cellular and Flow Production techniques, both of which are key features for the lean manufacturing floor. The cellular production process utilizes groups of workstations or “cells” that are assigned distinct, but concurrent tasks to allow a product to be progressively moved from one workstation to another without any delays or additional handling.
On the TAG manufacturing floor these cells are dedicated to processes, sub-components, or entire products. Each is conducive to one-touch manufacturing methods. Utilizing flow production, units are worked upon in stages and then moved immediately to the next stage. Achieving this efficient production flow requires thorough pre-production planning to ensure that raw materials are purchased, delivered, and placed.