Industrial automation company Aspex Corporation, a part of FEI Company, recently announced it had received an ISO 9001:2008 management system certificate from SRI Quality System Registrar.
Pennsylvania's ASPEX received the certification for its work in designing, manufacturing, servicing and selling scanning electron microscopes. The company also performs analytics for academic, industrial and manufacturing applications.
"Awarding of this certification acknowledges that ASPEX Corp. has demonstrated effective implementation of a management system," says A. Joseph Falcsik, vice president of certification for SRI. "ISO 9000 certification provides evidence to customers, suppliers, employees and the community of a company’s commitment to producing a quality product and providing customer satisfaction."
The certification is a process-based award that is given to organizations that show a strong ability to implement operating effectiveness into an existing business agenda. Typically, companies that are awarded the certificate demonstrate a few top qualities.
First, the organization must show effective implementation of documentation and records management. Upper management must also show a strong commitment to customers, and the company must establish a clear process to implement policies and planning. The certificate is only given to organizations that display efficient resource management, process control, measurement and analysis, and to those that continually improve their systems.
"We are proud to have received this particular ISO certification," said Ernie Emmerling, quality manager at ASPEX. "ASPEX has worked hard to earn a reputation for the highest level of customer satisfaction in the SEM market, and this ISO certificate further assures our customers that our products and services are not only safe and efficient, but backed by a company that puts quality first throughout all levels of the organization."
In addition to all of the qualities that must be demonstrated, a company must conform to and comply with any regulatory requirements. This includes the Environmental Protection Agency's Best Practices for Laboratory Quality Systems.
These programs are in place to ensure data used to make decisions is of the utmost quality. Labs that do not perform proper procedures and best practices outlined by the EPA are at risk of providing incorrect data that could lead to human or environmental health problems.
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