Welcome back to the NCA blog where we bring you the latest developments from our company and offer insights from our experienced teams. In today’s blog we examine a topic which has become increasingly visible within the last few months – the importance of holding a quality certificate.
A quality certificate is of great importance to both the vendor/ supplier and to the purchaser – sourcing company. Independently assessed and granted, a quality certificate is both a reward to the maintenance and implementation of high standards to the producer and offers assurances to the buyer.
As one of the leading providers of plastic and acrylic engineering, it is of great importance to both our teams and clients to ensure that the work we provide is certifiable to industry standards. As such, quality management certification has assisted our teams to implement systems and controls that help to ensure fewer defects and more, high-quality consistency in our methods of production. Central to our approach is our commitment to each client to uphold scalable, manageable and consistent standards.
Within most industries there are certification programs that set the standards of quality and management – the industries that we work in are no exception. The codified, quality standards that we adhere to have been developed over time to reflect the needs of each industry and the application of the products produced. By implementing these quality standards, the teams at NCA have become certified and can reliably demonstrate to our clients that our practices and products conform to a higher level of quality than those of companies who are not certified.
ISO (The International Organisation for Standardisation) certification is one of the world’s most important manufacturing standards. ISO describes the importance of its certification as follows: “For consumers, conformity of products and services to international standards provides assurance about their quality, safety, and reliability.”
Certification, as defined by ISO, refers to the issuing of a written certificate by an independent organisation that has audited a company’s management system and verified the system conforms to the requirements specified in the standard. The auditing body then records the certification in its client register, making the business both certified and registered. This means the quality management of a company has met the standards set by the international community. In particular, NCA Ltd have ISO 9001:2015. ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organisation:
- needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
- aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
All the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organisation, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides. ISO 9001:2015 defines the guiding principles that we as manufacturers use to create efficiencies by aligning and streamlining processes throughout our company, the objective of which include: bringing down costs, creating new opportunities, meeting regulatory requirements, and helping our team to expand into new markets in which clients demand ISO 9001 certification.
NCA Ltd are extremely proud to be able to meet the requirements of such certification. It follows our exacting ability to maintain and raise standards, provide excellent and scalable quality items and to improve our own practices and efficiencies as a business. All of which enable our flexible, dedicated and experienced teams to offer the very best to our clients. For more information about our acrylic machining services and engineering, contact our team on 01928 790209 or via firstname.lastname@example.org