At Diversified Metal, we are an ISO-certified business. This certification means that our metal products, such as our aluminum silicon bronze alloy, are all high-quality products that you can trust for your applications. If you aren’t sure what ISO certified means and why it’s important, take a look at the explanation below.
The ISO standard comes from the International Organization for Standardization. It is an international, independent organization that is not controlled by any governmental entity. In 1947, the ISO only had 67 committees and 25 founding countries. But today, it has 165 member countries, 800 committees, and more than 23,000 standards. It is a well-known and well-respected organization in the world of business. Its purpose is twofold:
- Develop standards that help ensure the quality of the processes and products that businesses manufacture or create.
- Creates a worldwide standard/common language with which all ISO registered organizations can more easily communicate.
Meaning of ISO Certified
Receiving an ISO certification means your business passed the ISO audit that an approved third party conducts on behalf of the organization. This audit will determine whether your business follows the latest quality standards and processes set in place by the ISO. There are numerous ISO standards that are industry-specific, so the standards you use will depend on your industry.
The Importance of ISO Certifications
Now that you know what it means to be ISO certified, let’s dive deeper into why it’s important. ISO certifications improve customer confidence by demonstrating the ability to meet the standard’s requirements. It both improves the ease of performing an onsite audit (for a customer) as well as reduce the necessity for customers to performing an on-site audit. In addition to external benefits, ISO certifications also improve your business’s internal systems by requiring operational metrics, risk assessment, continuous improvement and processes such as the Plan Do Check Act cycle (PDCA). ISO standards are meant to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness of business systems. When you and your business follow these standards, you are supplied tools to make your processes faster, easier, and more cost-efficient.
The final take-away is that ISO certification/registration helps us ensure that we create and deliver quality products. For our customers it means exceptional service experiences, reliable products that are of high quality, and a reduction of returns and waste.