By Joan Honig, DocuWare – A third-generation family-owned company founded in 1953, Criterion Tool & Die Inc. in Brook Park, Ohio manufactures precise components for “no-failure allowed” sectors including the medical, airspace, and photonics industries. With its 32 employees, Criterion Tool & Die Inc. develops prototypes, builds and supplies parts for several hundred customers.
As per the “no-failure” requirement, components manufactured by Criterion Tool & Die products must work flawlessly once the devices are implanted in patients, installed in planes or in other equipment. Government regulations mandate that Criterion Tool & Die retain documentation for the lifetime of its products and instruments.
The company also must produce documentation in a timely manner for audits. These requirements resulted in the accumulation of thousands of paper documents which were stored on-site. The high volume of paper made locating documents time-consuming and difficult.