Certifications & Awards

Did You Know?

In Tolerance has manufactured parts for the International Space Station, Mars Rover, Hubble Telescope and the Space Shuttle.

Quality Requirements

In Tolerance continues to innovate in the marketplace by adding capabilities to eliminate waste and reduce cost to maximize our customer’s value proposition. In Tolerance has implemented leading edge capacity planning technology, as we continue to raise the bar in our commitment to Customer On-Time Delivery. Due to the growing regulatory requirements and thus customer requirements for documentation, specifically First Article Inspection Reports (FAIR), In Tolerance has found a way to provide the highest quality reporting without impacting the product delivery timeline or cost to the customer.

In Tolerance has been recognized as one of Iowa’s outstanding precision contract manufacturers and has received numerous awards and recognitions from organizations such as the Small Business Administration (SBA), Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Rockwell Collins, Carleton Life Support Systems, Trans Technology Electronics, and second tier Boeing Aircraft suppliers.

In October of 1998, In Tolerance was one of the first precision machine shops in Iowa to become ISO certified. In Tolerance has maintained that certification and has since added the AS9100 certification, and in 2015 became Nadcap certified for the special processes of paint, passivate, and chromium conversion with the unique capability to support its own salt spray corrosion testing.

A leader in the manufacturing of tight tolerance, low volume, high mix machine manufactured products for the aerospace, defense and medical markets since 1947. In Tolerance’s 68+ years of industry leading performance has supported many significant achievements in the industry.

With parts on the International Space Station (ISS), Mars Rover, and Space Shuttle to name a few, In Tolerance’s dedication to the production of high quality parts, on-time, and at a competitive price has made us a preferred source of precision machined parts.


Certificates and Accreditations

In Tolerance maintains the following key certifications and accreditations to allow us to meet our customer requirements for Quality Management Systems, Special Processing and Government Regulation:

  • ISO 9001:2015
  • AS9100 Rev D
  • Nadcap
    • Wet Paint
    • Chromium Conversion
    • Passivation
    • Salt Spray
    • Wet Tape Adhesion
  • ITAR

Since its inception, supporting a customer request of Arthur Collins, founder of Collins Radio, In Tolerance has been a star performer in the industry – receiving annual recognition as a leading supplier and/or supplier of the year from Rockwell Collins.

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AS9100 is designed to be used by firms in the aviation, space, and defense industries.

AS9100D is based on the ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard.

ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization:

  • needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
  • aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.



ISO Certification

All requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations, regardless of type, size and product provided.

Where any requirement(s) of ISO 9001:2015 cannot be applied due to the nature of an organization and its product, this can be considered for exclusion.

Where exclusions are made, claims of conformity to ISO 9001:2015 are not acceptable unless these exclusions are limited to requirements within Clause 7, and such exclusions do not affect the organization’s ability, or responsibility, to provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Nadcap (formerly NADCAP, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) is a global cooperative accreditation program for aerospace engineeringdefense and related industries.

The Nadcap program provides accreditation for special processes in the aerospace and defense industry.

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The Nadcap program is administered by the Performance Review Institute (PRI). Nadcap was established in 1990 by SAE International. Nadcap’s membership consists of “Prime Contractors” who coordinate with aerospace accredited Suppliers to develop industry-wide audit criteria for special processes and products.

Through PRI, Nadcap provides independent certification of manufacturing processes for the industry. PRI has its headquarters in Warrendale, Pennsylvania with branch offices for Nadcap located in LondonBeijing, and Nagoya.

International Traffic in Arms Regulations(ITAR) control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). These regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and are described in Title 22 (Foreign Relations), Chapter I (Department of State), Subchapter M of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to safeguard U.S. national security and further U.S. foreign policy objectives. The related Export Administration Regulations (Code of Federal Regulations Title 15 chapter VII, subchapter C) are enforced and interpreted by the Bureau of Industry and Security in the Commerce Department. The Department of Defense is also involved in the review and approval process. Physical enforcement of the ITAR; and all import and export laws of the United States is performed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents (formerly U.S. Customs) under Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, Customs and Border Protection Officers, also under the Department of Homeland Security, inspect imports and exports at U.S. Border Crossings and International Airports and enforce import and export regulations.

ITAR Certification

For practical purposes, ITAR regulations dictate that information and material pertaining to defense and military related technologies (items listed on the U.S. Munitions List) may only be shared with U.S. Persons unless authorization from the Department of State is received or a special exemption is used.

U.S. Persons (including organizations) can face heavy fines if they have, without authorization or the use of an exemption, provided foreign persons with access to ITAR-protected defense articles, services or technical data.

The U.S. Munitions List changes over time. Until 1996–1997, ITAR classified strong cryptography as arms and prohibited their export from the U.S. Another change occurred as a result of Space Systems/Loral’s conduct after the February 1996 failed launch of the Intelsat 708 satellite. The Department of State charged Space Systems/Loral with violating the Arms Export Control Act and the ITAR. As a result, technology pertaining to satellites and launch vehicles became more carefully protected.

Awards Over The Years

  • 2013: Rockwell Collins Supplier of the Year – Mechanicals/Plastics and Rubber
  • 2012: XACT Wire Outstanding Supplier Award
  • 2011: Rockwell Collins Lean Award
  • 2011: Rockwell Collins Supplier of the Year – Mechanicals
  • 2007: Rockwell Collins Top Performing Supplier
  • 2006: Rockwell Collins Supplier of the Year – Machined / Sheet Metal Commodity
  • 2006: Rockwell Collins Top Preferred Supplier
  • 2005: Rockwell Collins Top Preferred Supplier
  • 2002: Rockwell Collins Top Preferred Supplier
  • 2000: Rockwell Collins Top Supplier
  • 1999: Rockwell Collins Top Supplier
  • 1996: Rockwell Collins Supplier of the Year – Machined Commodity