Guardian Manufacturing Solutions Founded?
Where is GMS located?
Number of Employees?
Why would companies outsource to GMS?
What is Guardian Telecom Inc.?
Telecom given preferential treatment?
What Services does GMS offer?
What does Quality Service mean?
What is LEAN Manufacturing?
Do I need to go Lead Free? (What are the
implications of lead free?
Do I need to provide my own parts?
What do I need to do to get accurate quotes
and get ready for production?
Can I provide feedback?
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1 - When was Guardian Manufacturing
Building on the
strength of OEM capabilities and a
successful track record providing
electronics manufacturing to a number of
major, international companies, GMS was
created in the 2002 as a wholly owned
division of Guardian Telecom Inc. to enhance
2 - Where is Guardian Manufacturing
Manufacturing Solutions is located in modern
facilities in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We
are ideally situated near the Calgary
International Airport and major shipping
3 - Number of Employees?
has a team of over 200 dedicated and
involved personnel from technicians,
engineers, sales, specialists and
management. As our sales have grown so has
our workforce to better position the company
in serving our clients.
4 - Overall Capacity?
need to serve our customers better,
Guardian’s new 2044 m² (22,000 sq. ft.)
facility has over 1115 m² (12,000 sq. ft.)
of manufacturing space with room to grow.
Our production floor is designed to optimize
efficiency and reduce board handling by
implementing true continuous flow lines
resulting in higher, more consistent output
5 - GMS Customers?
GMS has an extensive and diverse
customer base across a broad spectrum of
products, applications and end markets.
Customers serve a wide variety of markets
including oil & gas, wireless
communications, medical, agricultural, GPS
navigational, entertainment, geophysical,
consumer, and the list continues to grow.
6 - Why would companies outsource to GMS?
Lower investment in capital and
Access to more
manufacturing tools and equipment
Provides improved quality and
Access to trained staff
Allows them to focus on core
Allows them to react
quickly to environmental changes
7 - What is Guardian Telecom Inc.?
Guardian Telecom Inc. is a fully integrated
OEM and Contract manufacturer. The OEM
division manufactures and distributes world
class Industrial Telephone Equipment.
Because of our own experience in design,
manufacturing and marketing since 1986, we
understand the importance in building your
electronics products with results that you
can be proud of.
8 - Is Guardian Telecom given
Telecom Inc. is treated the same as all of
our other clients. In fact every customer,
regardless of size, receives the same high
level of quality, focus and level of
service. At this time Guardian Telecom Inc.
makes up less then 10% of our total volume.
9 - What Services does GMS offer?
GMS has extensive capabilities and can
provide services during all stages of the
GMS has the proven ability to
provide a variety of product development
and design support services from new
product development, qualification
testing and regulatory submissions.
Board level to
complete system integration
Rapid development of prototypes for
quick transition to production
Simplify outsourcing with one trusted
partner for high quality based
Mixed technologies and multi-level
Through-hole population, surface mount &
back plane assembly
Fine pitch, leadless chip carrier, BGA
and micro-BGA placement
JIT, Kanban or demand-pull inventory
Module build, box build and chassis
Complete system integration
Cabling, harnessing and power supplies
Printed circuit board & final
10 - What does Quality Service mean?
Guardian believes that “Quality
Service” is the ability to provide value
that exceeds our clients' expectations. We
keep you in the loop with timely responses
to all of your questions throughout the
manufacturing process, from quotation to
delivery of your product.
It also means
that we implement, adhere and surpass
GMS has a policy of continuously improving
manufacturing processes to meet or exceed
customer requirements. Continuous
improvement programs, Investment in
training, employee empowerment and new
automated equipment have improved our
capability to provide a more accurate and
cost effective solution to all our builds.
Not only is the Quality Policy embraced by
everyone at Guardian, it is also embraced by
all of our vendors and suppliers. The
results are passed on to you in the form of
higher quality and on time deliveries.
11 - What is LEAN Manufacturing?
Quality, speed, and low cost are factors
that are tightly linked and together provide
for world class performance. To help achieve
them Guardian has implemented a customer
We aim at
rapid responses, faster process times, zero
defects, on time deliveries, higher quality
and lower costs. Our teams care about
following their work to a successful
12 - Do I need to go Lead Free? (What
are the implications of lead free?
ROHS, the European Directive for Restriction
on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances
in Electrical and Electronic Equipment bans
the use of lead, mercury, cadmium,
hexavalent chromium, poly-brominated
biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl
ethers (PBDEs). The compliance date in
Europe was July 2006. Other countries and
individual states have introduced similar
bills, widespread adoption in future is
anticipated. While there are a number of
ROHS product exceptions that can be applied,
full compliance must be achieved by the 2010
13 - Do I need to provide my own
Customers can supply their
own parts as kits or have GMS supply the
parts. In fact, purchasing your own parts
can be very time consuming in both sourcing
your components and finding the best price.
By providing us with the manufacturing part
numbers, we can utilize our buying power and
vender support to provide that service for
you. This turn key service can also be
extended with your final product. We will "KanBan"
your finished product so you don't have to
stock what you don't need today.
14 - What do I need to do to get accurate
quotes and get ready for production?
providing quality, detailed, accurate and
sufficient information you can assure
accurate quotations and timely responses.
Guardian had developed a
guide to help you through the process.
15 - Can I provide feedback?
of the keys to a successful organization is
listening to its clients. We encourage
customers to provide constructive feedback
at any time. Your input on business
functions ranging from manufacturing
quality, communications, engineering support
and shipping will provide invaluable insight
from a customer’s perspective. It can help
us deliver high quality, lower cost products
to our customers.
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