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Columbia Research Labs

Columbia Research Labs

Company information:

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.