Ensuring the sheet metal fabrications in your supply chain are sourced and manufactured through tight quality controls is crucial for manufacturers in today’s hyper-competitive production ecosystem. According to a Geodis survey, 28% of manufacturers are pressured by global competition, and a further 27% are having trouble adapting to consumer demands.
Consumers crave higher-quality products, and manufacturers demand quality controls that ensure regulatory compliance and consistency. To help combat these needs, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) utilizes an international standard for quality management systems (QMS) that allows manufacturers and customers to find high-qualified manufacturers that follow best-practice QMS principles.
This standard — ISO 9001:2015 — is awarded to businesses that showcase a commitment to quality control principles and a willingness to iteratively improve their processes, year-over-year, to deliver a superior product. For OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers looking to source sheet metal products in today’s demanding and increasingly-transparent supply chain, ISO 9001:2015 has become a beacon of hope.
What is ISO 9001:2015?
Established in 1987, ISO 9001 is a certification that acknowledges a company’s adherence to certain quality management system (QMS) standards. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) — a national standards body comprised of over 160 countries — administers ISO certifications to businesses that emulate best-of-breed practices and the highest quality of management.
5 Reasons You Should Choose an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Sheet Metal Product Supplier
1. Standardized Quality
An integral component of ISO 9001:2015 is standardization. The road to achieving certification can take months — indeed, even years. Every business must prove its ability to produce and provide consistent products and services to its customers. To start, all processes under the ISO framework have to have a well-documented quality management system (QMS). From processes to procedures and work productions, ISO certified manufacturers follow strict quality control procedures that are consistent and standardized.
For the steel sheet consumers, this standardization means that OEMs and T1 manufacturers can expect high-quality products consistently — reducing headaches in the supply chain. You want to work with a manufacturer that can deliver a consistent product that allows you to create your own processes. Any inconsistencies in quality and production can quickly cripple your output and breed agitation between your business and your clients or customers.
2. Overall Reliability
ISO’s highly-structured framework provides built-in processes for data management, strategy execution, and quality control on both broad and granular matters in the process chain. This means manufacturers adhering to ISO frameworks consequently reduce waste and achieve objectives. Through robust and highly-architectured processes, ISO certified manufacturers have a clear pipeline of delivery that involves data analysis from the start and plans for failures.
This ability to adjust processes on the fly gives manufacturers the ability to provide superb reliability. Do you need additional orders placed? Do you have a new revenue stream that requires a significant sheet metal product commitment? ISO certified manufacturers have the processes in place to handle those rapid adjustments.
3. Constant Improvement
ISO certifications aren’t permanent. Not only do you have to identify weaknesses and implement better processes to become ISO certified, but the certification ensures that you have QMS in place to consistently improve upon those processes. We all want to work with supply chain players that are committed to long-term improvements — not just in-the-moment deliverables.
You want a relationship that lasts for years. Establishing solid partnerships can help you predict and react to changes in your industry without worrying about procurement.
4. Better Shipping Logistics
As consumers demand faster shipping, getting materials to your manufacturing plant on time is essential. But not all suppliers use the same shipping and logistics strategies. While many supply chain players are trying to reinvent the wheel and implement faux “Industry 4.0” strategies, ISO 9001:2015 provides frameworks for highly-tested and highly-repeatable processes. This means better shipping procedures backed by technology and smart data analysis.
5. Higher Levels of Credibility and Trust
ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognized standard of quality for businesses. When you work with an ISO-certified manufacturer, you’re working with a company with the highest level of credibility and trust. For example, Staub would have never been able to maintain ISO certification if it wasn’t absolutely dedicated to creating best-of-breed production, procurement, and shipping. ISO certification should be the first thing you ask for when you’re evaluating a new sheet metal product supplier.
If they have the certification, you know that they’ve (at the very least) created systems to ensure quality. Of course, some ISO certified companies have superior production and material quality than others; the ISO certificate is the handshake that opens the door.
Staub Manufacturing is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Sheet Metal Product Manufacturer
Do you want to work with a credible manufacturer you can trust to work hard, constantly improve, and provide you best-in-class customer service? Staub Manufacturing is an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer that you can rely on. For us, ISO certification is just the beginning. Correspondingly, we go above-and-beyond our certification requirements, and we’re the hardest working sheet metal fabrications providers in the business. Are you ready to call us your supply chain partner? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you help your clients.