The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has long been a road map for companies like Perfection Spring & Stamping, who are interested in providing products that are reliable, safe, and of high quality. Purchasing a product from a company like ours, that adheres to ISO standards, means the customer knows they are getting a product that has met rigid standards when it comes to minimizing waste, creating fair global trade, and that are manufactured in a socially and environmentally friendly way.
When it comes to the automotive industry, ISO is the common international standard used for many years. This includes common standards such as TS-16949 (2009), ISO-14001 (2004), & ISO-9000. But, like anything “Change” is inevitable, and by the end of next year, these certifications will be “Null and Void”. All companies that require these as part of their minimum customer requirements must apply for and get recertified with the following replacement certifications: ISO9001: 2015, IATF16949: 2016, ISO14001: 2015, & ISO13485: 2016.
In 2016, the industry began to discuss changes from ISO/TS, to the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) as the new standard. This effort was not to replace the current standards, but to enhance them even further. The goal of the IATF standard is to improve quality management, address defect prevention, and reduce waste even further. The addition of the IATF standards will enhance standards for companies that require more than one system of quality management. The goal for implementation of the new IATF standard is September 2018.
Companies will have one chance to make the transition: during a transition audit that falls during the time of the company’s regularly scheduled surveillance or recertification audit. It’s recommended that companies wanting to make the transition familiarize their employees with the new guidelines, understand the differences in standards by conducting an organizational gap analysis, design and implement a plan for the transition, properly train all employees involved, and update their system to prove compliance with the new standards.
Risk mitigation is a prominent part of the new standard and will help to lessen the chances of failure. The new standard also clearly defines customer requirements vs. customer-specific requirements, with the latter being directly linked to clauses in the standards. Product safety and manufacturing feasibility will also be addressed, and is where PSS is directly linked. We will still offer our clients world-class service, with products that directly fall in line with the new standards and updates.
When it comes to custom metal progressive stampings, coiled springs, fourslide parts, wireforms and mechanical assemblies for global markets and OEMs, Perfection is already hard at work to adjust its systems and certifications to the new standard. In addition to the automotive industry, we also service a wide range of industries such as agriculture, construction, HVAC, plumbing, optical and everything in between.