Columbia Research Labs
Columbia Research Laboratories manufactures a broad variety of sensors and associated signal conditioning electronics that include force balance inertial-grade accelerometers and inclinometers, piezoelectric vibration and pressure sensors, strain gage aircraft mainframe fatigue sensors, precision linear variable differential transducers and fiber optic sensors. CRL is a privately held, woman-owned small business that has been dedicated to providing the most reliable sensors and systems for the military, commercial and industrial markets since 1953.
As a small company Columbia’s progress is not hindered by a large bureaucracy. Instead Columbia management has fostered a sense of community in the workplace that encourages and supports innovation in developing and improving products and driving manufacturing efficiencies.
Throughout the years CRL has remained a customer-driven organization. Our philosophy of responding to the specific needs of our customers for performance, cost, size and timely delivery has resulted in a competitive advantage that has enabled long-term sustained success.
CRL strives to limit our dependence on outside subcontractors by building and expanding in-house capabilities. It is this type of thinking that has allowed CRL to respond to our customer’s product development and production modification needs with substantially less impact to lead time schedule and associated costs than our competition. CRL presently houses 20,000 square feet of modern clerical, management and engineering offices, product development and environmental test laboratories, and efficient production hardware manufacturing and test centers.
Every year since 1957, Columbia transducers and systems have been flight qualified and performance proven on major United States Government military programs, in-flight missile systems and/or interplanetary manned and unmanned space vehicles. These transducers and systems have been subjected to the most technically demanding in-flight qualification test requirements for performance and reliability under the most severe environmental conditions. In addition, CRL transducers are used extensively in industrial control and monitoring systems, where rugged construction, low OEM cost and long accurate performance life are the criteria.
Our policy at Columbia Research Laboratories is to manufacture and deliver quality products that meet and earn customer satisfaction through reliability, good performance, competitive prices and in accordance with contractual requirements. The objective of Columbia’s Quality Assurance Department is to make certain that all products furnished to our customers conform to the quality standards specified by the customer in conjunction with Columbia Research Labs’. These objectives are accomplished by means of a Quality Assurance Program, which is integrated and coordinated with other company functions and results in a total management system. Quality guidelines and procedures are outlined in our Quality Control Manual.
Columbia is currently an AS-9100 and ISO 9001:2000 with design Certified Company that is registered in the Oasis Database. This certification was obtained by adapting our long standing Quality Standards of MIL-Q-9858, MIL-I-45208, MIL-STD-45662, and ANSI Z540 into the ISO standard.