Many reasons support why an organization should pursue ISO 9001 certification. Often, it’s because a client requests it, or a contract requires it, or the Management Team sets it as a strategic priority.
Whatever the reason for achieving ISO certification, here are the Top 10 Benefits you will experience when implementing this standard as a good practice in every facet of your company.
Increased Productivity and Quality Companies with ISO certification experience an improved level of quality in products, processes and services. The ongoing verification of the system and processes occurs through an independent third-party. The thoroughness of an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, can increase efficiency and make the most of your organization’s time and resources.
Worldwide Quality Ruling The ISO 9001 standard is recognized around the world and is governed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), in Switzerland. Obtaining an ISO 9001 certification elevates your organization placing it in a very elite category.
Increased Business Opportunities Many times, companies will require that their suppliers must be ISO 9001 certified to earn or keep their business. If your business doesn’t meet this criterion, you could be losing out on sales.
Manage Risk Utilizing the requirements set forth in ISO 9001 will help you identify and mitigate threats to your business model.
Increased Level of Customer Satisfaction Your customers can expect a high level of quality which equates to fewer complaints and swift and effective resolution of those you receive. This results in repeat business and increased sales. In addition, maintaining quality in your organization minimizes the chance for mistakes that could damage your reputation.
Thorough Understanding of Your Organization’s Processes Adapting to the requirements of ISO 9001 will help you control your processes allowing you to better manage your organization and provide a deeper understanding of your business. When done effectively, the business processes are the same as the quality processes, expanding the responsibility for quality across all business processes.
Raise Employee Morale Having well-defined job descriptions, expectations, and objectives gives employees the confidence they need to empower them to perform their duties at the highest level. An organization will experience an improved company culture, better teamwork, and a more proficient workforce.
Maintain Focus for All Employees Consistent process audits done with the ISO 9001 QMS keep an organization focused, while providing the necessary feedback when a company deviates from its path.
Continuous Improvement Establishing a rigorous ISO 9001 Quality Management System, can improve processes, reduce inefficiency and waste, and assist in achieving an organization’s objectives. Most importantly, as your company grows, becoming certified is vital to fostering continued success in the future.
Obtain Higher Rates for Your Services Earning an ISO 9001 certification will allow you to market this distinction to prospects and respond to RFQs that mandate companies have it. Studies show that ISO 9001 certified organizations are paid 7% more on average, have better sales growth, and an improved Return on Assets. (source: iso.org)
As an ISO 9001 certified company, simpleQuE’s experts are qualified to assist you in achieving ISO 9001 certification so you can also experience these benefits.
Micro-Poise Measurement Systems (a business unit of Amatec, Inc.) provides a complete line of high performance production and laboratory equipment used by manufactures globally to meet their test, measurement and inspection requirements. This equipment allows customers in the Tire, Wheel, and Automotive industries to assess and correct the balance, uniformity and geometry of tires, wheels, tire & wheels assemblies, power train components, and other products.
Recognizing the value of a solid quality management system, Amatec Micro-Poise began working with simpleQuE consultant, Jen Briese in March 2018 to implement ISO 9001. By July they passed their certification audit with Smithers Quality Assessments with no findings. It’s evident this team works hard to provide exceptional craftsmanship with every machine they build. And by designing and manufacturing quality products, they will always strive to exceed their customers’ expectations.
With sites in 33 countries on six continents, Dana Incorporated is positioned to serve customers worldwide. In 2016, Dana was named to Forbes’ List of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies. That kind of trust and quality has earned Dana an impressive list of automotive customers including Ford, FCA, Renault-Nissan, GM and Toyota. That’s why IATF 16949 quality management system certification is so important to automotive suppliers like Dana and required by the OEMs. SimpleQuE has consulted with multiple Dana sites in the U.S. to prepare them to successfully transition from the old standard to the new and we’re very proud of their success. Congratulations to Dana, Inc. and their Quality Teams who have an important role in making our vehicles reliable and safe!
Dana, Inc – Gordonsville, TN
From left: simpleQuE Operations Manager, Barb Dodson and Dana Quality Team – Will Lanham, Jose Arras, Guy Buckner, Debbie Oldham, Shannon White, John Billingsley
Dana, Inc – Louisville, KY
From left: Jason Van Over, Quality Manager; Natalie Sheflyand, simpleQuE Consultant; Tim McDevitt, Plant Manager
Dana, Inc – Dry Ridge, KY From left: Todd Perry, Production Manager; Greg White, Quality Manager; Natalie Sheflyand, simpleQuE Consultant; Carol Locke, QE – Audit Lead; Sara Meyer, QE; Mike Hirsch, Plant Manager; Frankie Wuebbling, Quality Team Leader
SimpleQuE President, Jim Lee, recently attended the joint meetings of the SAE G-14 including Americas Aerospace Quality Standards Committee (AAQSC) and Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) in New Orleans. The summit provides access to the committees that create the aerospace standards and guidelines with the high level players in the industry including Space and Defense.
Of interest to many companies are Certification Body audits and the areas where most non-conformances are written. The Traditional NC chart on the left shows the typical audit non-conformances certification body auditors are finding with the AS9100, AS110 and AS9120 audits to the new standards. These are the top 10 majors and minor findings by clause. The right side displays the high risk and concern areas that NASA, DCMA, FAA, and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (i.e. Boeing, GE, Rolls Royce, Northrup, Raytheon) see as supplier problem areas.
The Risk Area chart shows that the certification body auditors are writing fewer findings against these problem areas affecting the major customers. However, all of these concern areas have new requirements in the new AS standards. Jim Lee advises, “It should be noted that certification bodies are training their AS auditors to focus on these industry identified risk areas. It is not yet clear whether the AS suppliers were well prepared for these new requirements, or the certification body auditors were not auditing as deeply or effectively against these new requirements. Be prepared for greater focus and scrutiny on future AS audits in these areas.”
IATF 16949 is the global standard recognized by the automotive industry. IATF 16949 defines the quality management system requirements (QMS) for the design and development, production assembly, installation and services of automotive-related products including products with embedded software. The focus of this standard and IATF16949 certification is the development of a QMS that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of waste in the supply chain. Combined with applicable Customer Specific Requirements, IATF 16949 is also fully aligned with the structure and requirements of ISO 9001:2015 which was designed to assure effective quality management systems for manufacturing and service industries around the world.
Reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain
Customer focus and satisfaction
Identification of risks and problems in the production process
Management of resources
Responsibility of management
Measurement, analysis and improvement
There are over 68,000 suppliers worldwide which currently have ISO/TS 16949 or IATF16949:2016 certification. The standard can be used by any supplier, large or small who manufacture customer-specified production parts, service parts, and/or accessory parts.
How do you cross the finish line to become IATF Certified?
If you’re searching for an IATF 16949:2016 consultant, our team at simpleQuE is well positioned to support your IATF 16949 and MAQMSR consulting (Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements), certification, maintenance, training and internal auditing needs. Our consultants arequalified, certified, competent and are experts on the automotive standards, customer specific requirements, and AIAG or VDA core tools. In addition, many are current or former 3rd party auditors who bring valuable insight because of the knowledge gained from auditing for certification bodies.
SimpleQuE also offers a full line-up of IATF 16949 training courses which includes AIAG and VDA Core Tools, Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving, Requirements and Implementation. With IATF also putting a major focus on internal auditor competency, it is essential to have IATF 16949 Internal Auditor Training. Our IATF 16949 auditor training utilizes the process audit approach. Contact us to learn more about the customized services offered to match your certification and training needs.
Serving aerospace and defense manufacturers, suppliers and distributers since 2005, simpleQuE offers customized AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120, or ASA-100 (FAA AC00-56) consulting, internal auditing and training services.
Our lead AS9100 series consultants are International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) certified lead auditors with aerospace experience and know what it takes to help clients achieve their goal of establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving their Quality Management System. As 3rd party auditors for registrars they have first-hand knowledge of what is required to pass an AS9100 certification assessment.
Using this knowledge and experience along with the required tools and techniques, all of our clients have had successful AS9100 certification audits on their first registration assessments and have attributed that mostly to our consulting and training. That’s a major accomplishment and many of these companies continue to use simpleQue for their internal audits and continuous improvement needs, freeing up limited resources and benefiting from the other advantages to outsourcing these services.
If you are already AS9100, AS9110 or AS9120 certified but are struggling to maintain and improve your Quality Management System, or just need to update the knowledge and skills of your quality team, simpleQuE can help. We offer several courses including AS9100 Internal Auditor Training that have proven to be very beneficial to our customers. Executive Overview, Requirements, Risk Management, and Problem Solving/Root Cause Analysis are some of the AS9100 Training Courses available that can be customized and held on site. We believe in experiential learning where you go beyond lecture and incorporate exercises to apply the learning, and use actual workplace examples from your company; thus allowing students to better learn, retain and apply their knowledge.
Visit simpleQuE’s website to see the many services we offer for your AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 needs. Contact us for a customized path that will put you far above the competition.
Many companies aren’t sure where to start when it comes to implementing ISO 9001 or a new quality management system, so ISO 9001 resources and tools are useful. SimpleQuE has been around since 2005 and over the years, we’ve developed some tools for organizations to utilize to “make quality excellence simple”. After all, that’s what our name stands for. So see if one or more of the options below is just what you need to be on the right path.
Understanding what you need – A short video providing guidelines for choosing an ISO 9001 consultant.
Customized consulting services – ISO 9001 Gap assessment is one of the many tools we use to support and improve an organization’s overall processes. A thorough ISO 9001 Gap Analysis identifies what needs to be implemented or changed based on the extent to which a company already complies with their current systems. The gap assessment results in an action plan that functions as a road map for each task that needs to be accomplished and is a great project management tool, as it assesses their own timing expectations based on the resources available. Additionally, using our gap analysis as a pre-assessment tool or readiness audit rather than a certification body’s allows our ISO 9001 consultants to coach and consult when problems are found.
Whether you have a mature system and an experienced quality team or are new to the quality arena, simpleQuE has the resources and expertise to help you achieve your objectives and ISO 9001 standard certification. Contact us to learn more.
The ISO 9001 standard exists to provide organizations with the opportunity to develop baseline quality management systems, improve processes and meet the needs of customers. Achieving ISO 9001 certification is an important step for manufacturers and service providers, as it emphasizes performance while proving a dedication to quality and customers.
As ISO 9001 certification has been adopted across a wide range of industries, the standards have been altered to fit specific industry requirements. From the automotive and aerospace industries to telecommunications companies, laboratory settings, medical device manufacturers and more, each industry has adopted its own set of standards that all derive from the basic principles of the ISO 9000 series.
What are the Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification? There are a variety of advantages to having ISO 9001 certification. It creates a more efficient, effective operation for a company, if implemented properly, and also improves employee awareness and motivation, and increases customer satisfaction. Here are some additional reasons to get ISO 9001 certified:
Client Requirements – More and more customers are demanding that their vendors be certified. If your business doesn’t meet this criteria you could be losing out on sales.
Increased Revenue – Studies show that ISO 9001 certified organizations are paid 7% more on average, have better sales growth and an improved ROA. (source: iso.org)
Reduce Waste – By establishing the rigor of an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, you can reduce inefficiency and make the most of your business’ time and resources.
Brand Image – Maintaining quality in your organization minimizes the chance of a slip up or error that could hurt your reputation.
Manage Risk – ISO 9001:2015 is all about managing risk. By adopting these standards you will learn how to best identify and mitigate threats to your business model.
Most importantly, as your company grows, becoming certified is vital to fostering continued success in the future.
SimpleQuE – ISO 9001 Certification Experts
SimpleQuE (an ISO 9001 certified company) assists organizations with implementation, improvement or transition of the standards by providing customized ISO 9000 consulting, training and internal auditing services and solutions. Contact us for more information or to hire an ISO 9001 consultant.