Saturday, 20 June 2015
Electronic technologies have come a long way in such a short span of time; it was just a decade ago when cellular phones were still bulky devices devoid of touchscreen functionalities, and computers just started using dual-core processors. Today, electronics are quite ubiquitous, and almost every single person owns at least a mobile phone that can access the Internet. Manufacturers and OEMs that handle the assembly of electronics continue to develop new technologies for the gadgets they create. With the immense popularity and need for electronics, opportunities abound for a manufacturing business aimed at producing parts for devices. It is important for these businesses, however, to strive to achieve ESD 20:20 accreditation and other industry certifications through registered auditors such as International Standards Authority, Inc. The benefits these certifications have for manufacturers can figure greatly in business’ success.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
Improving pilot competency is, of course, paramount. While airline authorities can’t do much in the way of weather, aircraft manufacturers could make sure that components and parts come from AS9120 certified vendors and distributors. AS9120 is a quality management system (QMS) certification given to suppliers of aerospace parts and assemblies, among other industries, that meet specific standards of quality. QMS certification is done to guarantee reliability in product performance. The AS9120 standard assures clients that the parts and components have undergone rigorous testing and inspection before being sold. In the case of the aerospace industry, having AS9120 certification lessens the risk of future accidents resulting from defective equipment.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
For many people, the term “quality” is rather subjective; what one person defines as a “high-quality product” may differ from how another person defines it. What cannot be disputed, however, is that once a process has been approved by a recognized ISO 9001 registrar, that particular process is on par with global quality standards. Of course, ISO 9001 isn’t a requirement for businesses, but it does make a company look impressive. After all, being ISO 9001 certified tells consumers that your business cares about the quality of your products and services. That alone can improve the number of customers you see and the profits your business enjoys.
Sunday, 14 June 2015
ISO 9001 is a global standard that discusses requirements for quality management systems, and organizations make use of this in order to improve their performance, product quality and customer satisfaction. The standard is constantly revised in order to keep up with the times and to improve organizations further. ISO 9001:2015 continues to undergo the revision process, and while it is not quite there yet in terms of replacing the existing standard, it is still on schedule to be released before the end of 2015. Organizations don’t have to make drastic changes right now, but small changes here and there can help when the new standard finally gets here.
Friday, 12 June 2015
The AS9100 standard was created specifically for the aviation, space and defense industries. It serves the purpose of achieving significant improvements in those industries in areas of safety, quality and customer service. Companies that are certified with this standard can be confident that they have an effective quality management system, and by extension, so can their customers. According to Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, “Thermacore Inc., a provider of advanced thermal and material solutions, has received full recertification to both AS9100:2009 Rev. C and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards at its Lancaster, Pennsylvania, headquarters and manufacturing facility.” The company received recertification for their design, manufacture and distribution of thermal management components and systems.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
A legitimate ISO 9001 certification is an absolute boon for any business, provided that each and every aspect of it is fully understood and appropriate related practices are put to work. A good understanding of what such a certification really means for a business, however, escapes a lot of people. For one, realizing the full benefit of a management system by viewing and managing real processes affecting service and product quality relies on a crucial concept called “process approach.” Such a concept is not new—in truth, it’s specifically how the coveted ISO 9001 certification is designed to work from day one. The thing is: not everyone is taking a process approach these days; they’d rather take a standard-based approach, which is born of a misconception.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
Electronics has become one of the leading industries in the world, which should not come as a surprise, given the rising popularity and ubiquity of devices such as smartphones and tablets. To meet increasing demands for these trendy devices, the OEMs that put them together and brand them will need to source their parts from even more manufacturers. If you own a manufacturing or electronic supply company, this could mean more business opportunities for you to capitalize on. Of course, manufacturers and part suppliers cannot just churn out parts with abandon; they need to ensure that they are creating components in the approved manner before sending their products over for final assembly. They need to secure permits and required certifications. Many OEMs choose to work only with suppliers who have an ESD 20:20 certification, to ensure that the parts used were manufactured with the highest quality standards.
Monday, 18 May 2015
Dismissed as a minor accident at first, the ultralight plane crash last April 22 that occurred in the middle of Delta Highway was recently opened for further investigation by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB). The pilot, Paul Deane-Freeman, reportedly suffered a fractured vertebra and is still recovering from the accident. What is an ultra-light plane? The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association of Canada (LAMAC) defines a basic ultra-light aeroplane as an aircraft that has at least two seats, with a take-off weight of 544 kg and landing configuration of 45 mph (39 knots). An ultralight aircraft is for recreation purposes only, although it may also be used for pilot trainings in conformity with the Canadian Aviation Regulations. Although manufacturers of ultra-light planes are not required to meet any standards in their products, the LAMAC recommends that they apply materials and practices accepted in general aviation.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
Receiving an ISO certification is a way for companies to establish better control over their operation and management of business processes, to improve customer satisfaction, and to enhance their image. Going through the ISO registration process motivates companies to make changes to their management system and improve their business operations further. It’s not just about getting the certification, but also preparing for quality management systems. The best way to prepare for ISO is to use the standard as a guide. One of the tasks is to develop a quality management system. This is a big challenge for most companies, but with on-going commitment, it can be successful. A quality management system seeks to create policies and objectives to control the company in terms of quality. It is important that top management is fully on-board for the creation and execution of the quality management system as well as for maintaining it.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Business owners seek to improve every day. They want the best business processes, for everyone to understand what they do and for their business to run better overall. The ISO 9001 standard is built upon the fundamentals of quality management, and being certified ensures that the business knows what it’s doing and is being run well. The ISO 9001 is a standard for business quality management that is internationally recognized, and businesses go for it because of the benefits it brings them. Some of these benefits include customer satisfaction, cost saving, marketing aid, corporate governance and international quality recognition.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
The coveted AS9100 revision C aerospace standard, also known as the AS9100:2009 Revision C standard, has been out for quite some time. To date, numerous companies have undertaken the process and successfully transitioned to the new standard—having conformed to new deadlines, rules and requirements presented within. If your company is looking to get accredited and an audit is in sight, you have to prepare for the processing ahead. Here are a few pointers to help you avoid mishaps and facilitate a smoother audit process. Prior to the Stage 1 audit, you’ll have to ensure that your registrar has access to relevant information. For starters, you need to determine which percentage of your total revenue is from the aviation, space or defense industry as well as the number of your employees who work for such industries. You also have to name your top 5 customers from said industries and identify any customer specific approval status (i.e. limited approval, probation, or suspension).
Monday, 11 May 2015
It’s not uncommon to see and learn of companies who recently earned ISO 9001 certification. Once in a while, however, some company will step in and claim that they have a self-conferred certification of sort—claiming that they themselves have assessed their inner capabilities and “officially” deemed their business compliant with the ISO 9001 certification. These self-certifying companies, however, don’t really have an idea of how things should go. While they’re technically reaping several benefits associated with an effective management system without the stiff fees of registration and company audits, the flip side is that they’re paying a price for it—all they can do is make a point that their quality management system (QMS) is on-par with traditionally certified competitors. They can’t prove that somebody else with the conventional authority to confer such certification did it for them, and can vouch for it.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
The Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA) announced last February that the 9th Annual International Electrostatic Discharge Workshop (referred to as IEW hereafter) will be held from the 3rd to the 7th of May this year. The venue will be the Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge located in Lake Tahoe, California. The IEW will feature a technical program divided into sessions dedicated to several topics. There will also be keynotes and talks on the theme of the workshop. In addition, seminars about technology challenges will be conducted, along with discussion and special interest groups.
Monday, 20 April 2015
Aerospace commodity items are essential in the proper functioning and guaranteed safety of aircraft. The distributors of these products—raw materials, bearings, paints, fasteners, coatings and gaskets—may not have a role in the development of these components, but these players certainly have an effect on the final product. This is because there would be significant effects on the finished aircraft’s performance if there is improper handling of parts and materials, as well as the loss of traceability from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to the customer. That is why the industry put strict regulations in place. For pass-through distributors of aerospace commodity items, they have the AS9120 QMS (quality management systems). The standard is based on the ISO 9001:2000, with the addition of almost 100 specific requirements for aerospace distributors.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Getting an ISO 9001 certification certainly does wonders for your business. Not only will it add to your credibility and establish you as a business, it will also be a selling point for your customers, investors and stakeholders. If your business does not have an ISO certification yet and you’re thinking about getting one, you will need to start by registering. The first thing you need to do is find a certification body to get started on the ISO registration process.
Saturday, 18 April 2015
Small businesses have it rough in their own industry. Not only are they duking it out with larger corporations but they are also competing with hundreds, maybe thousands, of other SMEs in their niches. If you’re a start-up business owner looking to get big, you need something that can set you apart from your competition. That’s exactly what ISO 9001 certification can do for you… and more.
Friday, 17 April 2015
When you’re seeking to make your company perform better, quality management systems are your best bet. There are two popular systems available for those in the aerospace industry: the general purpose ISO9001 and the industry-specific AS9100. Though some companies can afford to implement both, it would be more cost-efficient to choose only one.
Customer satisfaction is vital for a business to continue thriving. Gone are the days when people barely knew other options as monopoly was the name of the game; with multiple competitors vying to get a dip from their wallets, the interest of today’s customers have become volatile as vapor on a hot summer day. Customer satisfaction is inarguably a key indicator of a business’ health. Basically, more customers mean higher sales. The benefits of customer satisfaction, however, go far beyond the initial purchase; it creates resonance that can increase profits for your business. A Forbes.com article citing Larry Freed’s “Innovating Analytics” says that not only do businesses benefit from customer satisfaction through retention and product upsell, they also attract more customers through “word of mouth”, when customers talk positively about them in channels of wide coverage like social media.
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
ESD is comparable to this situation: if you attach a smaller garden hose to a pump with water pressure as strong as a fire hydrant’s, the garden hose can explode because it’s not equipped to handle the pressure. Moving to electronic terms, electricity in computer components travel through extremely delicate lines of copper. If those lines suddenly receive a voltage surge more than they’re able to handle, the lines can fail, causing damage to the component. Fortunately, ESD can be prevented with a few precautionary measures. The trusted ISO certification ESD 20:20, offered by certification companies such as the International Standards Authority, Inc., can help organizations with the safe design, development, and maintenance of the (ESD) Control Program to protect ESD-sensitive electrical or electronic parts, assemblies, and equipment from damage.
Monday, 23 March 2015
Commercial flights in America are relatively safe for several years now since the last accident in 2009, but the same couldn’t be said with general aviation. A Washington Post report cited 440 fatalities in general aviation flights since 2012, in which pilots were held responsible for the accidents. However, a recent investigation found that pilots are, in fact, victims in most crashes. Washington Post published an investigation by the online news source, USA Today, which reported that the actual fault in many of these accidents lies with manufacturers or distributors of aviation parts, and not human error. Manufacturers have reportedly been covering up their mistakes by saying that pilots failed to follow their advice and recommendations. With increasing aviation deaths every year, strict implementation of AS9120 certified parts is an appropriate response for effective prevention of fatal crashes due to faulty parts.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
UniFirst, a company dealing with uniform rentals, recently saw two of its industrial laundry facilities (in Dothan, AL and Titusville, FL) awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. According to the company report, this was due to their “quality management systems for cleaning and servicing customers’ work apparel and for providing facility service products.” They were able to earn the certification through an ISO registration process that required them to document their workflow processes in detail in order to show their efficiency. According to Francis Finlan, general manager of the Titusville facility, “Being awarded this certification underscores our commitment to that objective.” He also said that it is their business objective to give customers the best service possible, which is one of the key factors to see to in order to become ISO-certified.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
Some organizations may already have gotten a quick look at the proposed changes for ISO 9001: 2015 but they may have paid more attention to specific words instead of what the requirements state. The biggest visual change is in the new structure, but the standard will also make use of different words to explain requirements that have existed since the birth of ISO 9001. The requirements themselves have not changed, just the terms that refer to them. Some changes include terms such as “supplier” being switched to “external provider” and “exclusion” being switched to “applicability.” It is important to take note that there is no reduction in requirements, but organizations must know what the new terminologies are and what requirements they represent.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the technology was significantly less than what it is today, leading to a higher number of crashes. Nowadays, aircraft manufacture is governed by extremely stringent quality criteria like the AS9100 standards, which partly regulate the procurement and supply of aviation parts. These standards have enabled the aerospace and defense industries to increase operational efficiency by lowering production costs; leading to reduced rework, fewer rejections, and ultimately only top-quality products. Furthermore, remember the long-standing tale that birds can completely jam plane engines if they get caught in the fans? That’s absolutely bogus. Modern aviation testing processes involve throwing foreign objects through the jet engines to ensure they maintain full functionality. Additionally, even if the engines were to stop at a cruising height (35,000 feet), a plane is designed to glide for 30 minutes before it lands.
Monday, 16 March 2015
In the world of business, reputation is everything. After all, no customer in his right mind would want to do business with a company whose reputation is sour, no matter how minute the issue is. This is where quality certifications come into play; eliminate the guessing game altogether, and work, instead, to obtain the highly coveted ISO 9001 certification. A company that has received an ISO 9001 certification demonstrates to potential clients its commitment to above-standard quality management that focuses on efficiency to meet the needs and wants of its customers. ISO 9001-certified companies are bent on improving the critical processes related to their business. It is one thing to claim that your company’s products, services, and processes are top-notch, and it’s quite another to prove such claims.
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Technology is growing more sophisticated but less resistant to electrostatic discharge (ESD). Even a weak zap can fry a device's sensitive electronics and render it useless. However, the danger ESD poses comes even before a circuit board finds its way to a smartphone or tablet. For Timothy Puls, product marketing engineer for Semtech, it's ""kill or be killed—protect components from ESD charges, or suffer the loss of your products.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Fighter aircrafts like the F-15 are subjected to extreme G-forces in the air. Sharp turns can pull as much as 7 Gs, which both pilot and aircraft should be able to withstand. Aircraft parts like wing pins must be designed to handle these stresses with ease, or the risk of losing an aircraft to high G-forces than in actual combat would be greater. It goes without saying that many of the Air Force's aircrafts have established a long-standing reputation for ruggedness, with the F-15 as no exception. In fact, in 1983, an Israeli Air Force F-15D lost its right wing after a mid-air collision with an A-4N Skyhawk during a mock air battle. While the Skyhawk pilot ejected, the Eagle pilot—Zivi Nedivi—maintained control long enough to land safely.
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) has established a set of internationally recognized standards that a company or organization needs to meet in order to be certified for its quality management processes. These standards are known as ISO 9001. When a company or organization achieves an ISO 9001 certification, this means that its operations have achieved the highest form of efficiency and productivity. So what can an ISO certification mean for your business? For starters, it can help you achieve a new level of performance. Take a look at your company’s operations and ask yourself if it has issues that occur time and time again. Recurring problems are hindrances to your productivity and effectiveness, and should therefore be resolved. An ISO certification can do just that.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
Businesses always want to break into a larger market; more potential customers mean higher possible profits. And there is no larger market than the global one. However, this can be difficult to do, mostly because a wider market means more competition. You’ll need to ensure that you’re ready to play with the big boys, which is why your business should undergo a thorough ISO 9001 certification process with the help of certification agencies like International Standards Authority, Inc.
Friday, 30 January 2015
While seeking AS9100 certification is not really considered a necessity in the aerospace industry, obtaining the guarantee that your company has passed the standardized quality management system speaks volumes about the merchandise that your business produces. The AS9100 (BS EN 9100) was developed in 1999 by the International Aerospace Quality Group, a global organization committed to providing products related to aerospace, defense and aviation. The IAQG implemented the AS9100 in an effort to improve the practices used in the supply chain, which would then affect the evolution of the industry as a whole. This set of standards is broadly accepted worldwide, and its effectiveness in assuring quality of production and services helps uphold its relevance until today.
Thursday, 29 January 2015
Of their lawyers, law firms expect nothing but the best representation available for their clients. It’s a plus when the practice surpasses world standards in ways that underline its quality service. In an article for the International Bar Association, corporate lawyer Oleksiy Bezhevets wrote that law firms aiming for the ISO 9001 certification label have a lot of work cut out for them. Some people may think that ISO9001 is only for manufacturing or technology-based companies, but it can actually apply to any business, especially law firms. One Chicago-based law practice proved this right when a major certification auditor awarded it the ISO9001:2008 standard – the first in the international legal services circuit – back in 2009. With the impending activation of the ISO9001:2015 standards, law firms may need to set a higher bar, which is possible with the help of bodies such as the International Standards Authority, Inc. (ISA).
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
In the field of aviation, systems have become smaller and more compact, thanks to the emergence of integrated circuits, microelectronics, and microprocessors. These components make up for more reliable aviation systems that improve upon the performance of aircraft such as helicopters and airplanes. However, along with the benefits that come along with these small yet complex electronic devices is the danger brought upon by forces such as electrostatic discharge (ESD), more commonly known as static electricity.
Monday, 19 January 2015
The Pentagon is setting up ""maintenance bases"" in different parts of the world for its Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the F-35 Lightning II, specifically in client countries which are also participating in its development. Among these countries are Japan, Australia, Italy, Turkey, and Israel; all of which showed interest in procuring the stealth multirole fighter in the future. Dubbed as the regional Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) by the Defense Department, these maintenance bases will be responsible for repair and replacement work on an array of hardware and software components. By delegating maintenance roles to the partner countries, the JSF program hopes to reduce the aircraft’s costs for the benefit of the client partners.
Saturday, 17 January 2015
The ISO (or International Standards Organization), is a Geneva-based body that created the ISO 9000 Series Standards for Management Quality and Assurance. Such standards were made to ensure that businesses are producing top-notch products and services, by putting an excellent quality management system in place. The ISO9000 standards do not measure product quality, but the quality of the procedures in place to manufacture a product. It is premised on the logic that any product made through strictly regulated processes is better guaranteed of having exemplary quality.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
Growing businesses are often tasked with the challenge of proving themselves as reliable and trustworthy to their target market. Passing ISO 9001 accreditation is one way to do that. In an article for accountingweb.co.uk, blogger isoinabox discusses how companies and clients alike can benefit from standards accreditation.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
People who’ve been told that flying is the safest mode of travel in the world may have reacted in two different ways: they took the assumption for granted, or howled in disbelief. Despite how some may doubt the safety of air travel, however, there are solid facts to back up the claim. Aurelio Locsin of Demand Media cites data from the National Transportation Safety Board which indicates that flying accounts for nearly zero accidents per million flying miles; and that driving is technically more dangerous--5 million accidents to a mere 20 for aircraft, with 1.27 fatalities and 80 injuries per 1 million miles compared to flying’s zero deaths and almost zero injuries per 1 million miles.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Some companies may hesitate at undergoing a thorough ISO 9001 certification process because of the amount of preparation it takes. However, firms that have received the certification have benefited greatly from being accredited: In a recent survey, 81 percent of responders have claimed that ISO 9001 certification has definitely helped them become more competitive. This comes in the form of getting more contracts, increased internal efficiency, and higher client confidence.