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.