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GET AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION: Changes to Look for With ISO 9001:2015

9/11/2015 - THE CENTER
ISO standards help make the world safer and more efficient. The sparked interest in the new ISO 9001:2015 revision is significant, given that the draft has notable changes vs. the current 2008 version.


ISO 9001: Two Important Changes Coming to a QMS System Near You

8/14/2015 - THE CENTER
ISO 9001 is the world’s most utilized management system standard, and currently, all eyes are on its revision. The anticipated release date later this year of the revised version, ISO 9001:2015, has many companies asking how the revision will affect them. Specifically, what are the key changes required for existing ISO 9001-compliant quality management systems to achieve compliance with the revised standard?


Root Cause Analysis: Identify the Source of your Challenges

8/7/2015 - THE CENTER
Every business has its fair share of problems. Equipment breaks, deliveries arrive late, or production quality waivers. Overcoming challenges is a normal part of business. However, schedules are often so busy that we can only apply a “quick fix” to our issues.


ISO 9001 Changes: Do I Wait Until 2016 or Get Certified Now?

5/22/2015 - THE CENTER
There have been many questions circulating from our manufacturers regarding ISO 9001 certification. One of the most prevalent questions was whether a company should register to ISO 9001:2008 now, or wait until ISO 9001:2015 is released. Although it may sound counter intuitive, the best option may be to register to ISO 9001:2008 now and then plan to transition to the 2015 version at a later time. 


ISO 14001:2015 Revising the Standard

5/8/2015 - THE CENTER
As most of you have probably heard, ISO 14001 has an updated version due out in late 2015. So after 11 years of getting used to the present requirements, it’s all about to change. ISO 14001’s major revision will reflect what is called the “High Level Structure” based on ISO’s Annex SL. If you don’t understand it, don’t worry as it will all be explained soon!


How Obtaining ISO Certification Helps When Exporting

2/20/2015 - THE CENTER
Did you know that 95% of the world’s customers live outside the U.S.? If your company isn’t exporting – you’re missing out on a lot of potential business. Exporting is a great way for smaller manufacturers to increase sales, diversify their customer base and embrace new innovations and product developments.


Looking Under the Hood, ISO 9001:2015 Changes

2/13/2015 - THE CENTER
After looking over the Draft International Standard (DIS) for ISO 9001:2015, it appears that ISO did more than just move things around. ISO 9001, the world's leading quality management standard, is under revision, with an updated version due by the end of 2015.Listed below are some of the changes that were made.


The Competitive Advantage of Quality Certifications

4/4/2014 - THE CENTER
A Michigan business that provides high-quality design and engineering concepts to the aerospace industry experienced a 30% increase in revenue. The reason? The organization obtained AS 9100 certification, a recognized and well-respected quality management certification.


Food Manufacturers: Improve Efficiencies and Quality to Overcome Challenges

5/17/2013 - THE CENTER
Michigan is known for a lot of things…beautiful lakes…automobiles…college basketball…but many people out of state would be surprised to learn that Michigan is prominent in another key area – food and agriculture!


Increase Customers by Obtaining Quality Certifications

4/19/2013 - THE CENTER
If you’re a manufacturer in Michigan, there’s a pretty good chance you’re looking for ways to appeal to new customers and increase sales. A lot of this has to do with your position in the market and your audience’s perception of your credibility. You need to demonstrate that your company is reliable and manufactures products in an efficient and safe way.


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