If you’re thinking about outsourcing subassemblies or even full assemblies, you can narrow your search for a suitable contract manufacturing partner by looking for a supplier that is ISO 9001-certified.
ISO 9001 is a quality management certification awarded by the International Organization for Standardization. It’s a critical indicator that the supplier’s products are safe, reliable and of good quality. It also ensures that their service consistently meets customer requirements.
To receive ISO 9001 certification, a supplier must develop a system of repeatable processes that ensures all aspects of a project are consistent and complete, and that issues are appropriately identified, prevented or resolved. The processes also serve as guidelines and efficiencies to help improve workflows and accuracy. As such, an ISO 9001-certified contract manufacturing partner is uniquely qualified to benefit your company in five key ways:
1. Consistent Quality
Because ISO 9001 standards require proper and repeatable workflows and protocols, customers are assured that consistency is maintained in the final product. Any variations from one order to the next are minimized.
2. On-time Delivery
An ISO 9001-certified supplier has efficiencies in place to get your project done right the first time. Fewer mistakes, reworks and do-overs result in faster time to market – giving your company a competitive edge, increased profitability and better results.
3. Improved Customer Satisfaction
Because your final product is designed and manufactured following ISO 9001-certified processes, it is robust, reliable and able to consistently meet corporate compliance or regulatory specifications, if necessary. This will enhance customer confidence and brand loyalty.
4. Continuous Improvement
An ISO 9001-certified supplier is required to conduct audits to ensure all processes, procedures and policies are performing at optimal levels. This allows a supplier to monitor and assess each phase of production and adapt to evolving technological innovations, and helps establish a comprehensive culture of continuous improvement.
5. Proven Results
It’s important to note that ISO certification is not a one-time designation. Each ISO company is audited regularly to ensure compliance and guarantee that they’ll continue to deliver top quality and outstanding service. Therefore, becoming ISO 9001-certified is a major undertaking that requires a significant investment of time and money as well as an ongoing commitment to complying with ISO regulations. If the contract manufacturing partner you select has gone through this rigorous process, you can be certain that they are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards possible and providing exceptional products and services.
MCL has held ISO 9001 certification since 1999 and recently updated to ISO 9001:2015, which ensures that each one of our projects is approached with the same unwavering dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. By choosing MCL as your contract manufacturing partner, you’ll benefit from our innovative processes and have peace of mind that your project will be done right and on time, every time.
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