Many manufacturers requesting roll forming services ask first and foremost: Can you prove your competence?
One of the easiest ways for your roll former to do that is point to the fancy ISO 9001:2015 certification hanging on its wall (or website). The name’s confusing, but 9001:2015 is the most recent certification available, and it’s a great indicator of reliability.
The original deadline for businesses in all industries to transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015 was Sept. 14, 2018. That is still true with the exception of companies who initiated the certification audit process by that date -- those companies still have until March 15, 2019, to complete any outstanding activities.
In other words, come March, roll forming companies that have not adopted ISO 9001:2015 are no longer ISO 9001 certified.
Why does this matter to you when you’re seeking a metal roll former or other manufacturing partner?
ISO 9001:2015 Certification: Taking Business Seriously
Simply put, being ISO 9001 certified means a business focuses on producing goods and services that meet high standards of quality and conform to regulations. The ISO 9001 guidelines give business a road map that helps them become better organized, more efficient, and fully dedicated to continuous improvement.
For manufacturers, including roll formers, ISO 9001 addresses some fundamentals, such as:
• Ongoing improvement in all aspects of the business
• Product and service quality standards
• Appropriate staffing
• Continuous monitoring of products and processes
• Methods for addressing problems as quickly as possible
In other words, ISO 9001 – and, specifically, ISO 9001:2015 certification, means a company has met high standards for performance in all areas of its business. It’s an important indicator that the company values its customers and wants to be a strong representative of its industry.
ISO 9001 Changes From 2008 to 2015
Change can be rapid in manufacturing. Over the past few years, globalization has advanced, supply chains have become more complicated, and customer expectations have risen. At least in part because of the changing business environment, the International Organization for Standardization (yes, it’s properly abbreviated “ISO”) decided to update ISO 9001 to make it more relevant to current industry.
ISO 9001 changes from 2008 to 2015 include some important improvements:
• Adopts a high-level structure that accommodates companies using a variety of management system standards.
• It hones in more closely on assessing risk, both short- and long-term.
That second point is particularly important because it puts the focus on measuring systems. In other words, it’s more about business results and less about processes and procedures. It helps the companies that use it understand how they intersect with stakeholders inside and outside of the organization.
From the Customer’s Perspective
ISO 9001:2015 certification demonstrates the long-term viability of your roll forming company as a supplier. It shows that the company is paying attention to its health instead of getting caught up in trying to make this or that particular procedure more efficient. Instead, it works toward the highest efficiency of the entire system.
Although individual procedures and their efficiency are important, what’s needed is a concentration on strategy and planning. It’s necessary to see risks and work to prevent poor outcomes. Your own supply chain and lead times could take a real hit if suddenly your roll former was unable to come through with an order.
9001:2015 certification sends a message to all its stakeholders, including management and other employees, customers, and even the bank and the landlord. That message is that your roll former is a reliable partner providing a high-quality product for the lowest price possible. In short, certification shows that your vendor understands and works to achieve real value.
Shopping for a Roll Former? Check for ISO 9001:2015 Certification
ISO 9001:2015 certification isn’t the only reason to go with a particular roll forming company, of course. But it should be high on the list of qualifiers. A company not organized or proficient enough to keep up on industry standards is probably not a reliable choice.
It’s also easy to find out if a company has the certification. Most businesses display it proudly on their website.
Dahlstrom is ISO 9001:2015 certified, so if you have any questions about these regulations, get in touch.
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