ISO Recertification Shows Quality Remains Paramount
We’re delighted to announce our team have once again maintained two critical quality standards with flying colours.
Led by Richard Walton, our Technical Director and Quality Manager, Prism Electronics have been recertified for the international ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 standards for quality and environmental management.
As well as granting recertification of both standards, the ISO 9001 audit resulted in a ‘clean sheet’ with the third-party auditors identifying no non-conformities and no opportunities for improvement.
Due to the impact of the pandemic, the process was conducted remotely with the auditors asking Richard and the team to provide images of supporting evidence and to take part in interviews by video call.
“Our superb result is due to the fact we see quality management as critical and perpetual. Far from being something we consider at audit time, ensuring high quality is everyone’s focus, every day” states Richard.
ISO 9001:2015 is perhaps the world’s best known and most widely respected standard for quality management. It ensures organisations have the processes and controls in place to consistently meet and exceed customers quality expectations.
“We’ve a strong reputation for quality. Through even greater sample-based inspection, we’ve seen even further improvement in our already high levels of production quality in the last six months” adds Richard.
Unusual for a company producing varying products in small-to-medium volumes, we target just 100 or fewer defects per million opportunities (DPMO). We are currently consistently achieving fewer than 90.
Prism Electronics has held the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management since its introduction in the 1990’s. The latest 2015 standard continues to help organisations to minimise their negative impact on the environment and comply with all applicable regulations.
“We treat our environmental management as not only a way to reduce our impact on the environment but an opportunity to explore new practises and stay ahead of legislation” says Richard.
“The pandemic has no doubt accelerated the way everyone engages with technology. We’ve further minimised our use of paper in favour of digital communication and processes. It’s more secure, more trackable and another way we can reduce our environmental impact” concludes Richard.
Our focus on reducing our environmental impact has included greater use of Vapour Phase Reflow equipment which reduces the energy required to solder components by up to 90% compared to a more conventional autoclave.
We’d like to extend our thanks to Richard and the entire production team for their tireless efforts in maintaining quality.