ISO 9001:2015 Six Months Ahead of Plan

Robinson Manufacturing is delighted to announce that it has achieved the transition to ISO 9001:2015 a full six months ahead of the Autumn deadline.

Making the shift to the new version of the standard was seen early on by the management team at Robinson Manufacturing as a great way to add real value to our operation, rather than just ticking boxes.

MD Mark Smy commented: “We’re hugely proud of this achievement which is further evidence that our ‘excellence as standard’ ethos is working, helping us deliver even greater value to our customers.”

ISO 9001:2015 Six Months Ahead of Plan

The strategy which has led to making the transition comfortably ahead of the deadline – which still looms for many ISO 9001:2008 certified businesses in the autumn – was designed by our Risk Management team.

And very much in the spirit of the new standard, implementation has seen process quality becoming taken on board by managers and teams across the business.

Preparation for the audit gave us a useful opportunity to review targets and goals across the Company. It also helped us to identify where we might improve processes in line with the continuous improvement theme of the new standard. One of the most important changes within the new standard is that Quality must now be viewed as something a Company must engage with proactively. Just ticking boxes is no longer good enough.

As a result – and key to our success – it has become a central theme in every part of the operation. The auditor from Exova BM Trada was pleased to see so many of the senior leadership team at the transition meeting – the largest he has yet seen.

Presentations by the team which resulted in the business achieving ISO 9001:2015 six months ahead of Plan included:

  • Managing Director Mark Smy, spoke on the origins and ethos of the Company as it has moved through its MBO, and the vision for the future of its stakeholders – suppliers, staff and customers.
  • Design Manager Matt Korny gave an overview of the design processes which are evolving in line with the new standard
  • HR Business Partner Andreya Ashwell outlined how upcoming GDPR risk is being managed within the recruitment and contract sphere.
  • Mark Gibson, Key Account Director, spoke about how his team manage expectations in line with our customer charter as well as identifying the internal and external risks which inform the strategy of business development.

The upshot of the day is that it has been recommended that Robinson Manufacturing’s ISO 9001:2008 certification is upgraded to the 2015 standard. Click here for more information on Quality within Robinson Manufacturing.