When manufacturing is done in any type of product, the overall quality and customer satisfaction are considered to be extremely important factors. This is especially critical in case of complex products like vehicles. Quality assurance can thus be further complicated when the components and the assemblies for the end product are thus manufactured at different plants around the world. This practice is common for the molded plastic parts that however make up the vehicle’s interior such as air-conditioning vents and the cell phone trays.
Because these items are considered as highly visible and are used daily by the customer, robust designs and also proper fabrication are considered to be absolutely essential. ISO and also other standards challenge the manufacturers to continually measure, evaluate, and also improve the systems that thus ensure overall product quality and also reliability. As a result, the manufacturers are challenged in order to verify that all the products fit together properly and also function flawlessly each and every time.
This article talks as to how are ISO standards and manufacturing linked to each other.
There are several quality system processes or the programs that are available to follow in the manufacturing operation. Regardless of the flavor of choice, one thing is thus certain, and he should better have one. It is thus quite common for a manufacturing operation to be visited for a full-scale quality audit more than once a year. However, depending on the industry, there are thus various requirements that would thus mandate the certification which the manufacturer must have in order to do business with certain customers.
What is ISO?
ISO, or the International Organisation for Standardisation, is a non-governmental body which consists of over 162 countries. They are also responsible for developing the standards for various industries which thus aim to promote quality, safety, and efficiency.
While no company is however compelled to adhere to the ISO standards, selecting a supplier who is ISO registered ensures that your supplier is managing its business with the consistent standards that drive waste and also costs down and thus drive product and the delivery quality up.
Benefits of ISO 9001 in Manufacturing:
Conforming to the ISO 9001 standard also has many benefits to the manufacturing industry. ISO 9001 helps to inspire the companies to find more effective ways so that they permanently resolve the quality and also the other cost-related problems while encouraging businesses in order to find creative ways to exceed the customer-specified requirements. This standard thus helps the businesses to identify, document, and also improve systems that address both written and “implied” customer requirements such as:
- Safety standards
- Dimensional and functional specifications
- Expected production efficiencies
- Environmentally-friendly manufacturing
- ISO and the Consumer
While ISO 9001 certification is an important consideration when the customers choose a supplier, the end-consumer however ultimately enjoy the benefits! Automotive assemblies such as air-conditioning vents are at an eye level and are thus functioned often by the customer.
ISO is an international body and thus as a result, it’s standards help to ensure that the products that are manufactured by different companies and/or countries manage their businesses in a way that therefore promotes collaboration. This thus improves both national and international trade, while reducing costs to all parties.
Since ISO standards mandate the process of continuous improvement, ISO 9001 registered businesses, therefore, tend to reduce overall errors which, in turn… eliminates waste. Companies that embrace ISO standards as a part of their culture generally enjoy fewer errors, reduced costs, higher customer satisfaction and a competitive edge.
Regardless of the fact whether your industry requires these standards or not, being ISO certified may avoid you having to go through the process of customer audits. Customers also feel comfortable that the manufacturer is paying for a 3rd party to certify their processes. Therefore, they feel safe doing business with you.
However, If none of these certifications fit into your business model, then you can always become an ISO compliant. This thus simply means that you can follow to the letter any of these roadmaps. But then you would not be awarded the certification that allows you to prove your certified. Many of the reasons that the manufacturers chose this route are to save money and time.