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USMI Headquarters

10011 Lorraine Road
Gulfport, Mississippi 39503
Telephone: (228) 679-1005
Fax: (228) 679-1010

 

The USMI Team

The USMI team is diversified in many fields of expertise, Program Management, Engineering, Composite Lamination, Electrical, Outfitting, Welding, Upholstery, Quality Assurance and Administration. All departments work together as one unified team to do whatever it takes to complete all contracts on time and within budget. Each department and team member at USMI plays a special and integral role in delivering a final product to our customer. Each of USMI's key personnel has over 25 years of experience. This provides a knowledgeable team with a successful background in executing military and government contracts.

 

 

Values

 

USMI’s company values are Family, Integrity and Quality. The definition of each is:

Family - Caring Relationships. These relations extend from our employees and their families, to our customers and vendors and then to the community and our nation.

Integrity – Doing right is more important than being right.

Quality – Is defined by the customer.
 

 

USMI Quality Policy

 

USMI is committed through innovative engineering and creative thinking to provide our Customer’s with the highest level of quality and value.  Please see our page dedicated to USMI Quality.

 

Quality Control/Quality Assurance

USMI’s Quality Department performs testing and inspections throughout the build process. Inspection Hold Points have been developed through the use of key metrics and trending and are performed by qualified QA Personnel. The Quality Team utilize several check lists and inspection sheets to ensure equipment is functioning properly and parts are built according to manufacturer and customer specifications.

USMI develops and provides test plans and procedures for tests and trials. Testing is performed at planned intervals and USMI’s Quality Assurance personnel are responsible for recording test results and analysis of results if required. Successful completion of test and trials are verified through the signatures of USMI QA and required Government Representatives.

Program Management
Each one of USMI's programs has an overall Program Manager. These managers have vast experience in managing government programs. The Program Manager, with cooperation of the departmental supervisors, is responsible for specific craft and the planning and control of all processes making up that craft.

This process is defined in USMI SOP 7 Product Realization. The purpose of this SOP is to provide a system and assign responsibilities for product realization and to perform production at planned and controlled conditions. Also, to establish and maintain a system which ensures continuous identification and traceability of materials and product from receipt through manufacturing.

 

Engineering

USMI's engineering department is fully CAD CAM integrated with 3D modeling, 2D drawing, structural finite element analysis and hydrostatics software as well as proprietary USMI developed software. The USMI engineering staff includes naval architects, marine engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, designers and draftsmen that execute all engineering requirements for government contracts and USMI needs. These requirements include design, fabrication, testing, quality assurance, as-built drawings and sustaining engineering of all craft and systems.

This process is defined in USMI SOP 7.3 Design & Development. The purpose of this SOP is to provide instructions and assign responsibilities for initial designs, design reviews and design changes.

Composite Lamination

USMI's lamination department has been developing hi-tech laminate craft for over 30 years. Lamination is executed in climate-controlled buildings. Parts are molded using premium vinyl ester and epoxy resins with reinforcement fibers of glass, Kevlar, or carbon. Vacuum assisted resin transfer methods and custom woven materials that are pre-impregnated with epoxies are also used in production at USMI. Cored laminates are employed extensively with the latest in vacuum bagging and post-curing technologies.

QA sheets serve as a recording method for vital statistics of materials used, batch tracking, ambient conditions, vacuum and oven profiles and part weights. They also reference work instructions which are utilized for the entire lamination process of the part. QA Hold Points have been established to allow inspections at critical points of the build. Inspection Hold Points are reviewed for effectiveness through the use of key metrics and trending of non-conformities and are adjusted as required.

The methods employed to control, maintain, approve and distribute quality system documentation and data are defined in USMI SOP 4.2.3 Document & Data Control.

 

Oven

USMI has over a decade of experience building high performance combatant craft utilizing advanced composites and has 2 state of the art curing ovens with integrated vacuum and data acquisition systems. The use of these advanced composites will yield a lightweight boat structure which allows greater payload than would be achieved using hand lay-up techniques.

Electrical

USMI's electrical department produces the finest in boat wiring systems. Systems are designed and constructed to the highest standards of safety and required regulatory bodies such as ABS standards. Water proofing, circuit protection, elimination of electro-magnetic interference and access for troubleshooting and maintenance are always emphasized. Construction of custom communication suites, and command and control functions are our specialty.
Detailed work instructions are utilized during pre-fabrication and install on the craft. Electrical testing is performed by qualified Electricians and witnessed/documented by QA personnel to ensure all equipment is labeled and functioning properly. Verification of completed production requirements is validated by the customer’s signature on the testing plans.

All controlled documents and data pertaining to the quality system, including; drawings, schematics, specifications, procedures and work instructions are defined in USMI SOP 4.2.3 Document & Data Control.

All records that are generated that contain evidence of product quality and of compliance with the quality system and contractual requirements are deemed Quality Documents. This process is defined in USMI SOP 4.2.4 Quality Records.

 

Outfitting

USMI's outfitters have developed years of experience in the outfitting of special warfare craft. These USMI custom components as well as propulsion plants and auxiliary systems are integrated by knowledgeable and professional outfitting crews. Everything is designed, constructed and installed to be rugged, corrosion resistant and functional.

Detailed work instructions are utilized by the outfitters for craft installation. System testing is performed by qualified Outfitters and witnessed/documented by QA personnel to ensure all systems and components are functioning properly. Verification of completed production requirements is validated by the customer’s signature on the testing plans.

All controlled documents and data pertaining to the quality system, including; drawings, schematics, specifications, procedures and work instructions are defined in USMI SOP 4.2.3 Document & Data Control.

All records that are generated that contain evidence of product quality and of compliance with the quality system and contractual requirements are deemed Quality Documents. This process is defined in USMI SOP 4.2.4 Quality Records.

 

CNC

With the addition of 2 new CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines, FRP and upholstery materials are able to be machine cut. The CNC is equipped with a drag knife, round knife and an air brush system for marking materials. It is also equipped with a high speed router that is capable of cutting various cores. These new CNC machine’s assist USMI in the production phase of configuration control. The high speed and repeatability of the machines allow USMI to standardize production cycles.

USMI SOP 4.2.3 Document and Data Control defines the process and methods employed to control, maintain, approve and distribute quality system documentation and data specific to CNC operations.

 

Welding

The welding department creates everything from custom weldments to complete hulls. All welding is accomplished in-house from small parts to the completion of craft hulls. USMI has a dedicated N/C cut waterjet facility for use in production. In the past three years, USMI's welding department has doubled in size, both personnel and space. This enlargement provides USMI with the capability of working on multiple production craft at a time.

USMI employs both MIG and TIG AWS certified welders. USMI's welders are experienced in welding aluminum, stainless steel, mild steel, copper nickel and titanium. Welding procedures are qualified to ASME standards and are recorded as Procedure Qualification Records. USMI Welders are experienced and qualified to specific procedures. The Quality Department performs inspections of welded components and maintains a continuity log for each welder to ensure the welder maintains certification to their qualified procedure.

The process for maintaining these records is defined in USMI SOP 4.2.4 Quality Records.

 

Upholstery

USMI's Upholstery/ Canvas division is located in a 5,600 square foot climate controlled building attached to the main outfitting facility. The division has 10 commercial sewing machines and a 64' long by 16' wide layout/ cutting table. This shop is capable of producing all the soft goods required for our boats (i.e.: covers, seats, stowage bags, custom gear stowage and restraint netting and straps, etc.)

 

Tiger Teams

USMI assistance teams are known as Tiger Teams. These teams are made up of USMI employees who are experts in their field. USMI has provided Tiger Teams to various customers, both US and International, for communication systems integration, craft maintenance and repair, incorporation of upgrades through Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) and training. Training provided by USMI includes Advanced Electrical, Craft and Auxiliary Systems Familiarization, Advanced Systems and Electrical and underway training including Boat Handling and Craft Casualty.

In short, USMI Tiger Teams are available at any time to travel anywhere to assist our customers in any way.

 

Administration

Accounting, Payroll and Human Resources are performed in-house. Accounting is capable of handling all aspects of Government contracting including DCAA audits, DFAS payment tracking and EFT and WAWF payments and receivables. The payroll department is DCAA approved and audited. Payroll department also handles all 401k functions An outside financial audit is performed yearly.

Human resources provide all employees with services for company and personal needs. At the commencement of hiring a new employee, an orientation is given covering a number of topics including; USMI’s quality policy, ISO quality system, company tour, safety precautions and rules and regulations. Employees from each of the different departments within the company must undergo distinct training programs designed specifically for that department.
Training, awareness and competency are defined in USMI SOP 6 Resource Management. The purpose of this SOP is to provide guidelines for the training of personnel having a direct affect on product requirements. An employee handbook is issued to new hires and is intended to give the employee a general overview of the company, as well as, information regarding policies and benefits.
Employees of USMI are treated as family and as a result; morale and retention are high. USMI believes that great customer service begins with great employees and great employee relations.

At USMI, we work with you, the customer, as a team! All employees are encouraged to show initiative to ensure that the product we build is the BEST! From design of prototypes … To construction of first craft… Through production of last craft… To final drawings, logistics data and contract data requirements list (CDRL's), USMI's team has the ability to conform to or exceed all aspects of your contract requirements.

 

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