In the old days of Kodachrome film (before digital cameras) ISO was used as a measure of how receptive your film is to light as indicated by the numbers – 100, 200, 400, 800 for film speed. A higher ISO number meant more sensitivity, but more noise or a larger grain in the resulting photo, which in turn required more light (longer shutter or wider f stop). Continue reading What Is ISO?
Developing an advanced ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) requires a lot of effort to create a system, change employee behavior (management and workers), and obtain the desired results. Many companies have successfully built an ISO QMS, passed their initial registration audit, and later failed to maintain all of the documents, records, and quality process activities. Creating an ISO QMS is one thing but maintaining it can be just as difficult for your organization. You need advanced Quality Management System solutions support. Continue reading Advanced Quality Management System Solutions Support
How useful is your Quality Management System (QMS) if the ISO 9001 Procedures Manual is a burdensome book, with tons of detail, but little real value? How do you create ISO 9001 procedures for a QMS? Continue reading How Do You Create ISO 9001 Procedures for a QMS?
Corrective and Preventive Action are key elements to a Quality Management System (QMS) that is focused on Continual Improvement and Customer Satisfaction. Indeed, any ISO 9001 QMS should have this type of focus, unfortunately many do not. What’s the difference between corrective action and preventive action? Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Corrective Action and Preventive Action?
What do you think of when you hear Lean ISO Quality System? Actually, what is the first thing you think of when you hear the term “ISO 9001”? Lengthy policies, complicated procedures, and miles of forms to fill out? A bureaucracy that rivals the US government in size and complexity? Intense, week-long audits that make waterboarding seem like spa therapy? You may be misinformed — ISO 9001 is based on sound business practices and is designed to help your organization improve incrementally. What’s a Lean ISO Quality System? Continue reading What’s a Lean ISO Quality System?
Getting ISO 9001:2015 Certification of your Quality Management Systems (QMS) that fulfills the requirements of the ISO Standard can seem like a daunting task, but the ISO 9001 certification process doesn’t have to be. Creating an ISO 9001 quality plan should be done like all projects. Priorities need to be established, responsibilities determined, and milestones set. But what priorities? How do you create ISO 9001 quality management systems? Continue reading How Do You Create ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems?
A Quality Management System (QMS) is a management system pure and simple. It is not quality’s management system; it is a management system that, if done right, produces quality products. A Quality Management Systems is built for ISO registration, to satisfy customer requirements, or to produce better products. Building a Quality Management System in 10 easy steps is not hard if you follow these steps. Continue reading Quality Management System in 10 Easy Steps
There is no simple answer to the question of the time commitment for an ISO Quality Management System (QMS). There are a number of variables to consider including the ISO standard you are registered to, the number of employees, the capability of your management team, the complexity of your business processes, and your knowledge of quality. The answers to such questions will determine the level of effort required to maintain an ISO system. How much time do you spend on your ISO QMS annually? Continue reading How Much Time Do You Spend on Your ISO QMS Annually?
If your are Starting ISO Certification, you will be moving into implementation. You will need to have already established a Quality Management System (QMS) that meets the basic general requirements described in Clause 4, plus implemented the continual improvement processes described in Clause 9 and 10. Now is a good time to begin Implementing ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership. Continue reading How to Implement ISO 9001 Clause 5 & 7 Leadership and Resources
Many people ask ISO 9001 questions wanting to know what is ISO? What does iso mean? What is ISO 9001? And what are the different ISO 900x quality standard versions? Your ISO 9001 frequently asked questions answered. Continue reading ISO 9001 Frequently Asked Questions Answered