ISO standards promote a commitment to quality, improved processes, safety, and reduced waste.
There’s no denying that quality, efficiency, and consistency are vital in a plastic injection molding project. When quality standards or processes are lacking, material is wasted, product quality diminishes, and costs rise.
Because quality control standards and processes are important for each project, it’s smart to work with a plastic injection molder that is ISO certified. This ensures that the manufacturer has an active quality management system and is striving to continually improve processes.
What is ISO?
ISO is the International Organization for Standardization. It’s currently recognized in 163 countries and has published 22,482 International Standards and related documents for nearly every industry.
ISO standards promote consistency across the board for products, services and systems along with assurance of quality, safety and efficiency.
Companies are not required by law to adhere to ISO standards or to get certified, but those that do are typically committed to continuous improvement in their businesses.
“ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality,” (www.iso.org).
There are several different standards in ISO certification, with ISO 9001:2015 being the current most common for any business type. There are additional standards specifically designed for environmental management, medical devices and equipment, gas and oil industry, and others.
How ISO Impacts Manufacturing
ISO certified manufacturers must identify, document, and continually update their processes to ensure quality controls are in place and are being followed consistently. Implementing the ISO standard helps manufacturers consistently cut costs, reduce waste, and improve customer satisfaction with quality products.
The ISO standard is built on the principle of continuous improvement; employees at every level are encouraged to always look for ways to improve. It’s important to get feedback from every stage of the process in order to continue improving.
Adopting ISO standards results in increased customer satisfaction, efficient processes, fewer errors, and reduced overall costs.
The Certification Process
One of the reasons some companies decide not to pursue ISO certification is that it can be a daunting task. Certification requires a rigorous evaluation of the company’s processes. A quality management system is implemented to outline the company’s best practices followed by strenuous internal and external audits of the newly-implemented processes and standards. The certification process – from start to finish – can easily take over a year.
After certification is achieved, there’s still work to do. Internal audits are continually conducted throughout the year and one external audit is conducted per year to ensure the company is staying on track and still effectively implementing the ISO standard.
Selmax Corporation takes pride in meeting ISO 9001:2015 standards and maintaining our certification. We believe in “People – Process – Product”. Every day, the Selmax team is committed to delivering the highest quality products to our customers. We have refined our processes over the past 47+ years to ensure we’re doing all the right things to get the best results.