August 25, 2005
Welding Technology Corporation (WTC), a resistance welding
solution provider, announces that it has achieved conversion
to ISO 9001:2000 certification from BSI, Inc., a quality management
systems registrar, having previously been registered to ISO
9000:1994 and QS 9000 with TE Supplement.
The ISO 9000:2000 standards, released in December 2000 as
the successor to ISO 9000:1994, is an internationally recognized
quality management system standard developed by the International
Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 9000:1994 was
a procedure based Quality Management System (QMS). ISO 9000:2000
is process based and enables organizations to link business
objectives with business effectiveness more directly.
To be certified to the standard, companies must implement
a QMS embracing the activities of the company from staff training
to taking the instruction from the customer, the design and
development of products, the purchasing of materials and services
and the delivery of the products and services. This is done
using proven quality principles and process management, demonstrating
steps taken to provide customers the products and services
pledged by WTC. Certification to ISO 9001:2000 reinforces
to customers through an independent third-party, that WTC
operates a QMS in accordance with the standard.
"WTC has always been committed to providing the highest levels
of sales and service excellence, as demonstrated by our ISO
9000:1994 certification" stated Durrell G. Miller, WTC's Chairman
& President. "We are proud to now be certified to ISO 9000:2000.
This demonstrates that our focus remains on quality, world-class
performance, and continuously monitoring our business operations
to ensure that we deliver on the promises we make to our customers,
team members, suppliers, and partners."
As part of the registration process, BSI performed an on-site
assessment, examined WTC's documented procedures, and audited
its overall operations. To determine continued compliance
with ISO 9001:2000, as with ISO 9000:1994 and QS9000 / TE
Supplement, BSI will periodically conduct routine surveillance
audits of WTC's business operations.
"WTC Team Members worked diligently to review the procedures
based QMS and re- implement it on a processes basis, while
other team members also performed internal audits to ensure
conformance," stated Miriam Kmetzo, WTC's Quality Director.
"We are very proud to have gained certification. This activity
has benefited greatly in further improving our systems, as
well as greatly reducing the documentation required. By basing
our system around processes, reducing our documentation and
using ISO 9001:2000 as an extra set of eyes, WTC, will be
able to improve quality and remain at the cutting edge of
our industry. ISO 9001:2000 certification can only serve to
improve an already top-of-the-line business."