A reliable manufacturer is the backbone of any successful company, especially in the piering industry. The best suppliers provide you with consistent value in every facet of interaction; value that companies can rely on. But when you are searching for the right manufacturer, there are certain qualities to look for. Companies and contractors in the industry need to ensure that they will receive the high-quality products they expect and that their time is focused on big projects instead of chasing after the supplier after a shipment is delayed.
One way that companies and contractors in the industry can ensure they are working with a reliable manufacturer is to look for an ISO 9000 series certification that was developed by the International Organization for Standardization. At Magnum Piering, we operate a manufacturing quality control system that is ISO 9001:2008 accredited. Due to the high level of quality control, our customers frequently comment that Magnum’s high-quality steel piling and foundation repair products meet or exceed manufacturer ratings more often than other brands do. An ISO 9001 certification is more than just a piece of paper, and in this article, we are going to take a closer look at the ISO 9001:2008 standard and what it represents.
What The ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation Represents
One way businesses can ensure high-quality standards is by demonstrating to accredited organizations that they can meet or succeed specific quality management system requirements. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was founded in 1947 and handles setting and promoting guidelines for proprietary, commercial, and industrial standards. ISO currently is established in over 160 countries, becoming the biggest promoter of international standards and a reference in almost every sector of the manufacturing industry.
The ISO 9000 series was launched in 1994. This series of QMS standards is designed to help companies to not only meet the needs of customers and clients, but to meet specific requirements for product statutory and regulations. ISO 9000:2008 is an update that outlines the main modern principles of quality management and requirements companies must meet or exceed to emphasize customer satisfaction, including business motivation and continual improvement. Manufacturers that are ISO 9001:2008 focus on providing high-quality products and support to their clients.
The initial stages of becoming ISO 9001:2008 certified involve fundamental assessments of the company’s quality system, defining the areas that comply as well as the areas in which improvements need to be made. Once everything is set by the standard, a certification body will then conduct a number of audits to ensure conformance with the requirements. If approved, the company then has to subject to a three-year surveillance cycle. As you can see, the ISO 9001:2008 accreditation process can take more than a year. Yet, any company that understands its value knows it is well-worth abiding the process.
Why Choose An ISO 9001:2008 Certified Manufacturer?
When looking for a new supplier, it is essential to determine whether or not they can meet or exceed your expectations. Some traits you should look for are:
- Delivers your desired results consistently.
- Is able to solve problems quickly.
- Provides a maximum return on investment (ROI)
Manufacturers and suppliers that become ISO 9001:2008 have done so on a voluntary basis, seeking to improve their products, service, and taking accountability for the quality of their operations and procedures. Additionally, with this certification, potential companies and contractors interested in their products or service will gain peace of mind knowing that they can expect the same high-quality products, experiences, and results each and every time.
To expand, here are a few of the benefits of working with an ISO 9001:2008 certified company:
Faster Problem Resolution
Should companies encounter an issue while working with a ISO 9001 certified organization, the policies and processes integrated into their QMS will quickly enable a fast resolution of the issue. The QMS will include a means of gathering customer feedback, analyzing it, and beginning fast and efficient reformatory actions. Instead of waiting a few weeks or months for a resolution to your problem, an ISO 9001 accredited supplier will already have a procedure in place to handle the problems your company encounters.
Meeting Customer Expectations
One of the main focuses of the ISO 9001 standards is for suppliers to adopt a QMS that includes preventative measures in order to maintain continuous quality. When a QMS is maintained and implemented correctly, it will ensure that all of the customer’s expectations and needs are met or exceeded while also complying with regulatory requirements.
Choosing an ISO 9001 accredited supplier ensures that your products undergo a consistent workflow process, each and every time. The decreased variation rate in operations translates to consistency in the final product and the ordering process.
It is one thing to obtain a secure ISO 9001:2008 accreditation, but it is another to maintain the status. An ISO certification is not a lifetime membership. Each ISO 9001:2008 certified company is regularly audited to ensure their compliance with the QMS standards. This ongoing process of continued inspections actually increases their effectiveness and helps improve the quality of products, making these suppliers an incredible option to work with.
Continual improvement is one of the main pillars of the ISO 9001 standard. Assuring regular audits, the ISO 9001:2008 standard also guarantees that companies expand and find new ways of addressing different types of issues in order to improve over time. Continuous improvement means that all manufacturing and operation processes must be run efficiently, all policies must be monitored continually, and results must always be improving.
The ISO 9001:2008 Certification is only given to suppliers that are capable of proving efficient quality management systems. Therefore, suppliers and manufacturers that work hard on obtaining this certification show potential clients that all of their services and products meet and exceed the highest level of ISO standards.
Magnum Piering is a ISO 9001:2008 certified supplier of high-quality steel piling equipment that is backed by top-notch support and service. Gaining the ISO 9001:2008 for our manufacturing quality control system has improved our ability to provide our customers with consistent, cutting-edge, and quality products and supplies that offer a working solution. Adhering to the core principle of putting client needs first, Magnum’s dedication to achieving the highest quality experience possible is not driven by certifications and accolades, but our innate commitment to improve, enhance, and innovate.
If you are interested in learning more about Magnum’s ISO 9001 Accreditation or any of the high-quality products and supplies that we manufacture within these standards, feel free to contact us!