In the fall of 2012, management made the decision to pursue accreditation by the International Organization for Standardization for meeting the requirements of ISO 9001.
ISO 9001 is a series of standards, developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), that define, establish, and maintain an effective Quality Management System (QMS) for manufacturing and service industries. ISO 9001 deals with the fundamentals of QMS integration, including the eight management principles upon which the family of standards is based. ISO 9001 demands that organizations, wishing to meet the standards, must fulfill and maintain these customer based requirements.
This is a big commitment by Bull Metal to improve and document our processes, trace production of parts (product realization), prevent the unintended use and delivery of non-conforming parts, and improve quality and consistency of our products. We have hired a consultant and created a new position, ISO Coordinator, to manage and direct our efforts. At this time, we are preparing for our initial audits and anticipate applying for accreditation in the last quarter of this year.