How would a machine shop benefit from a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001 certification? Would it make sense to pursue formal certification after that? Would the benefits outweigh the costs and could enough savings be found to satisfy a cost-benefit analysis of your business? This article explains how to best use ISO 9001 for machine shops.

Why and how ISO 9001 Certification principles can support?

The ISO 9001 was established to help organizations of any size implement a standardized QMS across any business or service-sector. Despite this, many consultants and QMS managers can attest to the belief that the standard can be especially effective in some manufacturing sector businesses, where establishing lean processes and eliminating waste can bring significant and measurable results. Previously we looked at Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) in the ISO 9001 Certification and this type of methodical cycle can also be central to driving continual improvement through the QMS performance and manufacturing output of a machine shop. Given that, let’s see what clauses of the standard – and activities we can undertake to meet them – can help justify the implementation of an ISO 9001 type QMS in a machine shop.

Aligning your processes to ISO 9001 Certification clauses:

Clause 4: Context of the organization
Clause 6: Planning
Clause 7: Support
Clause 8: Operation
Clause 9: Performance evaluation

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