Straaltechniek UK Ltd granted ISO 9001 2015 Quality Standard Certification

Straaltechniek UK Ltd has become one of only a handful of organisations in the Sheffield City Region that has been granted ISO 9001 2015 Quality Standard Certification.

Although Companies with the 9001 2008 accreditation have until September 2018 to implement the new 9001 2015 standard, Andy Allen (MD of Straaltechniek) said ‘’we didn’t want to wait that long. For me, if there is a new quality level out there that enables us to run our business more effectively and give our customers increased confidence, then why would we want to wait to improve our standards? I spoke to our quality consultant about time frames involved and we decided that we would make the transition to the new system and launch it on 1st December 2016.

Through a lot of hard work and interaction with all department managers, this was achieved. We started to gather evidence and after carrying out several management review meetings and some internal audits we put in for an external audit from TUV. I’m pleased to say after 2 days of internal auditing of all our systems and documented processes and procedures we were awarded the new standard.’’

ISO 9001 is the International standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Straaltechniek uses the standard to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Sarah Ward (SW Solutions) who is the Quality consultant for the company said, ‘’ Straaltechniek first became registered with ISO 9001 back in 2006 when it was the 9001 2001 standard, they then moved to a new standard in 2008 and then have just become registered with the 9001 2015 standard. In the beginning the Company wanted to have better systems of work and to show Customers that they were keeping accurate systems and had traceability.

Since then the Company has expanded and they are now doing more in house processes than ever, which brings with it the need for more documented procedures and controls. The new standard is more of a Business tool and the responsibilities fall to Andy & his Directors to manage it. There is a requirement for a quality management system, including new documentation,  document control, and determining process interaction. Management of resource forms a large part of the standard including human resources and the organisation’s work environment. Focus on Product realisation, including the steps from design to delivery & Measurement, analysis, and improvement of the QMS through activities like internal audits and corrective and preventive action.

Andy Allen said ‘’ Im proud of what Straaltechniek has achieved and i hope our Customers will recognise the effort we put in to being one of the first few to transition to the new standard’’