ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.Read More
In thinking about how to prepare for an ISO quality audit, some people may have a kneejerk negative response. If “audit” makes you nervous, then focus on “quality,” because the end goal here is to ensure just that.Read More
The process approach is a keystone feature of ISO 9001 – a globally recognized quality standard that benefits employees, managers, companies and, ultimately, the consumer.
In the latest version, ISO 9001;2015, the “process approach” is highly emphasized for mangers to practice. We’ve touched on the process approach and how it fits with ISO in a previous blog.
But what exactly does this mean?Read More
The implementation of a Six Sigma program in your manufacturing company can be the game-changer in your business. But what does it cost to make it a sustainable success?Read More
Before delving into the five areas experts target for manufacturing quality improvement, it may help to understand where manufacturing in the United States finds itself. It turns out that there’s plenty to feel optimistic about.Read More
By far, the ISO 9001 quality system standard has had more impact in the world of quality improvement than any ANSI, ASTM or other standard - or even a complete quality system. It is even more relevant today than it was when it was first published almost 30 years ago. ISO 9001 has become more flexible and is easily adapted to suit the special needs of most organizations; service, healthcare, education, etc. -- not just manufacturers. It has become the best known and most widely cited quality system because using it reduces business risks, improves a company’s operating structure and aligns the organization for continuous improvement.Read More
Very few people like to hear that they’re being audited, particularly by an outside organization. However, handling the occasional audit doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for manufacturers.Read More
Most California manufacturers are looking for new ways to obtain new customers and boost sales. A key way to do this is to improve your branding image... prove that your company is reliable and manufacturers goods in a safe and efficient manner.
Written by: Jim Gilbert, CMTC Senior Consultant