The metalworking industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds, thanks to the constant technological innovation carried out by the sector. On the other hand, since the late 1980s there has been an international standard (ISO 9001) that is constantly being updated, which allows the elements for quality management to be standardized. What does this non-mandatory standard certify?
What is ISO 9001?
ISO 9001 is a regulatory framework to standardize quality management that every company should have. Through this standard, it is intended to establish the minimum requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS), regardless of the sector to which the company belongs.
ISO 9001 is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. The fact that a company has this certification means that it meets the objectives of ISO 9001, and that it has successfully passed an evaluation that verifies that the business has the capacity to supply products and services. following the highest quality standards at an international level.
On the other hand, having this certification allows increase customer trust and satisfaction, and of course, guarantees the quality of the products and services that the company offers its customers.
Who grants ISO 9001?
ISO 9001:2015 is an update of the previous standard from 2008. Both were created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an organization that seeks to standardize product standards and safety. It is a non-governmental entity that, although it is responsible for these standards, is not in charge of granting the certificate to companies.
Companies that want to obtain certification must undergo an inspection by an accredited entity, such as AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification). Other entities accredited to grant this certificate are: SGS, BVQi, BSI Group, DNV, etc.
Benefits of the standard for the metal industry
When it comes to the metals industry, the ISO 9001 standard also guarantees the quality of the products and services that are marketed.
In Metal Transformed Toral We are specialists in the transformation of metals, and we have had the ISO 9001 certification since 2000, which has helped us become a high level competitor in our sector.
Thanks to this standard we can continuously manage and control the quality of all the processes we carry out. Besides, ISO 9001 is a reference standard and certificate widely recognized worldwide.