Posted February 23, 2021

Benefits of Having an ISO 9001 Certification For A Custom Machine Shop

 A checkmark signifying the completion of the ISO 9001 certification process

The completed product’s quality matters most to engineers when having a part fabricated by a machine shop. The part has to be built correctly according to its specifications to work correctly. To demonstrate their ability to do this, machine shops usually list their capabilities and commitment to quality. A shop committed to quality will state that they are adhering to the ISO 9001 standard.

ISO 9001 not only sets a standard for quality, but it certifies participating companies in this standard. When you select a certified machine shop to do your work, you can expect that they’ll follow those quality standards. Here are some of the benefits of having ISO 9001 certification in the machine shop that you choose.

What is ISO 9001 Certification?

The ISO 9000 series is a set of standards applicable to a wide range of industries concerning the quality and reliability requirements of various aspects of design, manufacturing, and testing. ISO 9001 is one of the ISO 9000 series standards, and it identifies the necessary steps for implementing and maintaining a management system for quality control. With over a million organizations in the world certified to ISO 9001, it is one of the most widely used tools for managing quality and applicable to any organization.

While there are different standards within the ISO 9000 series, ISO 9001 is unique in that it is the only one that offers certification. ISO 9001 certification shows that your company’s management system meets the requirements of the 9001 standard. These requirements include the following:

  • The company has published the standard and trained key stakeholders within the staff on its requirements.
  • The company has placed a quality management system focused on evidence-based decision making, continual improvement, a process approach, and customer focus.
  • A third-party audit confirmed that the management system in place meets the requirements of the standard.
  • The company has implemented or enhanced current quality systems to provide process controls such as employee-only intranet portals, handbooks, and procedures.

With this certification in place, a machine shop demonstrates to its customers that it is committed to following the quality processes of ISO 9001. There are several internal benefits that a machine shop will also receive from having this certification.

The Machine Shop’s Benefits of Having an ISO 9001 Certification

While ISO 9001 certification demonstrates the machine shop’s commitment to quality to the customer, it also provides an assortment of benefits for the shop:

  • The ISO 9001 certification is an internationally recognized mark of quality and opens up new business opportunities that may not have been available before.
  • The certification usually improves the machine shop’s internal manufacturing processes, resulting in controlling overhead costs, improving efficiency, and streamlining production.
  • With better quality management comes more of a focus on the customer’s needs, resulting in an increase in referrals and more business.
  • According to the ISO 9001 standard, the quality management processes are designed to drive improvement in the business and its manufacturing processes continually.

These benefits require significant efforts on the part of the machine shop. ISO 9001 stipulates that the quality processes be developed and maintained for peak efficiency, and they must be readily accessible for employees to put them into practice. Certified machine shops will also designate a quality management team to oversee the day-to-day application of the shop’s quality policies in the work that is performed. In addition, to maintain the ISO 9001 certification, regular audits are performed of the quality processes. Auditors also conduct frequent interviews with the machine shop’s key stakeholders. All of this work is worth the effort, as it keeps the quality management system firmly in place and a priority for the machine shop. In turn, this continually improves the quality of the work produced.

How ISO 9001 Certification Can Help Your Machine Shop Build a Better Part

Ultimately, the most valuable benefit of this quality management standard is to the customer. By working with a machine shop that is ISO 9001 certified, you will have that assurance that your part fabricates according to an established quality control management system. With these processes, each employee in the machine shop understands how their contributions create a better customer experience and a superior product. Quality control processes like these give machinists the tools they need to achieve higher production standards, resulting in a better part.

At Plethora, we are ISO 9001:2015 certified. We take this commitment to quality very seriously and have developed an extensive quality management system that governs our manufacturing processes. We train our employees on this quality system and conduct regular reviews and audits. At Plethora, we’ve made this quality management system an integral part of our daily operation. To find out more about our commitment to quality, look at our ISO 9001 certification here. Or, if you are ready to begin a new project with us, you can upload your design files to Quote My Part or call us at 415-726-2256.

At Plethora, we are ISO 9001:2015 certified. We take this commitment to quality very seriously and have developed an extensive quality management system that governs our manufacturing processes. We train our employees on this quality system and conduct regular reviews and audits. At Plethora, we’ve made this quality management system an integral part of our daily operation. To find out more about our commitment to quality, look at our ISO 9001 certification here. Or, if you are ready to begin a new project with us, you can upload your design files to Quote My Part or call us at 415-726-2256.

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Topics: Plethora, Manufacturing, finishing, CNC machining, Prototyping, iso 9001

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