Top 13 reasons that you should invest in ISO 9001.
Implementing ISO’s process based approach improves processes on the shop floor, it reduces errors in manufacturing while improving the communication between the operators and the management.
There are many ISO advantages that come with implementing a Quality Management system. Advantages of ISO standards could be placed under three categories:
- Organizing processes that are currently implemented during the manufacturing
- Increasing the efficiency of your manufacturing process
- Striving for continuous improvement
But how do those translate to your day to day operation and actual working environment? Here is our take:
1. Reduces mistakes and their costs
Documenting and keeping track of changes in your work instructions and procedure manuals reduce production errors in manufacturing. Further, data tracking and documentation of your inspection process reduce the cost of mistakes by catching them earlier.
2. Build customer confidence
One of the advantages of ISO 9001 certification is to keep track of any past problems and how it occurred, while keeping a record of all maintenance performed. The an attempt to be able to predict when another problem may arise, and know how to minimize the effect of it does.
3. Improves communication on the shop floor
Since all your activities and processes are documented and work instructions are all in one place, the internal communication is improved and all operators are using the same agenda.
4. Avoid returns and reduce warranties
Due to the constant sampling and monitoring, problems with machinery are detected and solved much quicker, long before anything produced is sent to market.
5. Supplier engagement
Suppliers also become more like partners due to the constant line of communication and transparent process produced by the system, making them more involved in the entire process.
6. Employee retention and motivation
Within your company, a QMS helps you to define clear goals and ensure that you constantly review them. Having a system to clearly define employee’s tasks and constantly reduce non-conformities throughout production saves employees’ time and helps them be more productive.
Also having clear measures to provide the proper training and assess each process’s performance leads to less frustration and increased employee satisfaction and motivation.
7. Improves internal management
Having ISO certification can improve internal management as the entire process from the delivery of inputs to the exporting of the product to market is recorded, measured and monitored with the management team having a real-time feed as each step in the process is completed.
8. Ease of access to the Global market
An important advantage of ISO is that it is a globally recognized standard, meaning potential customers from any country will be aware you are committed to consistent outcomes, while improving customer relations and efficiency.
9. ISO certification signals reliable service to customers
Realizing companies that are certified prove to provide many advantages such as more reliable production scheduling and deliveries, as well as improved reporting and communications with customers and suppliers.
10. Identify trends in your process
Collecting operation data will allow you to aggregate your production data, analyze it and identify data trends in your manufacturing processes. Using the correct data collection tool and the proper reporting system helps you to use your own production data history and make informed and evidence based decisions.
11. Minimize errors
Some advantages of ISO 9001 certification provides product consistency and quality control which both aid with accuracy as well as production and delivery efficiency. The ISO system also has a list of all past mistakes and manufacturing errors, ensuring you do not encounter the same issue twice and if you do the solution is recorded. It also monitors both customer needs and satisfaction rate, helping you to improve.
12. Take charge of all internal documentation
Another important thing to highlight to all members of staff is the importance of tracking data and records. Clearly identifying which documentation is the correct one to use for a certain situation. The consolidation and monitoring of documents maintains that the latest versions of the system and work instructions are being used, and are distributed digitally to any staff whom it may concern.
13. Leads to a happier workforce
Implementing ISO comes with continuously improving the environment of your operation. This makes your organization consider a combination of physical and digital factors in providing a suitable environment for your production process. This means giving consideration to factors such as social, physiological, and physical environment. In turn creating an environment that is calm, non-confrontational, thus minimizing stress, preventing burnout, while being a comfortable (light, temperature, airflow) environment for your workforce.
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