When looking for a manufacturer, you want one who can offer efficiency, consistency and quality control. An ISO 9001 certified company can offer each one of these three key things — and then some.
At the most fundamental level, an ISO 9001 certification indicates that a company has a quality management system (QMS) in place. This looks different across industries, but for an engineering manufacturer services (EMS) company like Alert Tech SMT, it means there is a well-documented system in place for streamlining processes, improving efficiencies and working to ensure consistency from board to board. Driven to provide 100% customer satisfaction and 0% item failure, we have built-in checks and balances that allow us to spot check for quality at each stage of the process.
Want to learn more about how this can benefit your business? We’ve outlined five key benefits of partnering with an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer below.
Quality Control + Consistency
As mentioned above, quality control and consistency are two of the most critical things when it comes to manufacturing processes. With a reliable QMS in place, you know that each one of your components is being manufactured following the same specs, with the same materials, in the same way each and every time.
The ability to trace and verify that all components are approved and qualified is an essential benefit. When working with an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer, they can trace distributors, manufacturers, date codes and lot numbers for each component in your assembly. While this is beneficial for all projects, this level of traceability is critical for clients whose assemblies will be used in harsh environments or permanent installations.
An ISO 9001 certified manufacturer will also document the full process related to your project. This not only provides important data, but also allows your work to be iterative and replicable. Each change or revision that is made to the project should be documented and stored in your file so that you can easily reference them as you scale up or down production.
By providing transparency into the manufacturing and procurement process, an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer puts you in control of your projects. This allows you to have insight into the processes, from start to finish. Inconsistent processes or protocols open the door for cut corners, irregularities, faulty products or, in extreme causes, counterfeit parts.
The process of getting certified comes with a hefty price tag, which can create a financial barrier for many smaller businesses, startups and non-profits. Working with a third-party ISO 9001 certified manufacturer allows your business to get the benefits — allowing your products to wear the “badge of honor” without the financial hurdles.
At Alert Tech SMT, we are always looking for ways to improve our processes. Not only is this an important step required by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), but this also allows us to remain active and engaged with our workflow. We don’t believe in doing something simply because it’s the way it’s always been done. In a fast-paced industry like electronics manufacturing, adaptability is essential. If you’d like help on your next electronic manufacturing project or have more questions about working with an ISO certified company, reach out to us. Our team of in-house engineers is happy to talk through the process and what it means for your business.