5 Benefits of Being ISO 9001 Certified

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 28, 2017 11:28:11 AM

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.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality, Quality Managment System

Checklist: How to Prepare for an ISO Quality Audit

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

7 Important Standards for Your ISO 9001:2015 Journey

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 12, 2016 1:17:58 PM

The ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) – a worldwide federation of national standards bodies – recently updated its latest edition of ISO 9001, for quality management.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

How to Understand the Process Approach to Management in Less than 5 Minutes

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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?

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Topics: Quality

What Does It Take To Sustain A Successful Six Sigma Program?

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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?

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Quality

6 Areas of Improvement Every Consultant Analyzes

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 1, 2016 2:23:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Quality

My Perspective on 30 Years of ISO Quality

Posted by Eliot Dratch on Sep 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Eliot Dratch
CMTC's Senior
Quality Consultant,
Guest Blogger

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.

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Topics: Quality

Be Prepared for Your Next Quality Audit

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jul 9, 2015 2:00:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Quality

Strengthen Your Customer Base: Obtain Quality Certifications

Posted by Carrie Pittman on May 1, 2013 2:38:00 PM

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.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality

Continuous Improvement - How Six Sigma Ensures Quality (Part 4)

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Nov 8, 2012 1:41:00 PM

Written by: Jim Gilbert, CMTC Senior Consultant

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Quality

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