Monthly Archives: September 2017

DECC's ISO 9001:2015 QMS Manual

The Impact of the New ISO 9001:2015 Standard: Part 2

Last week we covered what the three most impactful changes to an organization would be when certifying to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. This post is geared towards its application in automotive manufacturing.

Applying ISO 9001:2015 Standards to Automotive Manufacturing

The ISO standards are deliberately general so that they can be applied to businesses in every industry. However, that adds complexity when it comes to incorporating the ISO 9001:2015 standards in automotive manufacturing.

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DECC's ISO 9001:2015 QMS Manual

The Impact of the New ISO 9001:2015 Standard: Part 1

Thriving companies know that producing a quality product is the only reliable path to success. Most are well-versed in the International Organization for Standardization’s detailed program for incorporating quality throughout the business.

After three years of diligent work, experts around the world created a revised version of the ISO 9001:2008 requirements: ISO 9001:2015. Certified companies were permitted three years to upgrade their certificates, and by September 2018, all businesses will be operating at a new level of excellence.

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Cookie die roller

How to Pick the Right FDA Acceptable Coating

A good amount of commercial food grade processing equipment comes “out of the box” with non-stick, FDA acceptable coatings applied to the appropriate machine mechanisms (learn why we say “FDA acceptable” and not “FDA approved” here).

As is with all new purchases, everything works great for a period of time. However, food ingredients can be surprisingly abrasive or acidic and coatings are not impermeable to wear, even the most robust ones.

Conversely, when the equipment does not come with a coating and sticking ingredients start impeding production for extended periods of time for cleaning, it is determined only after processing that one is needed.

In both instances, it is probably more cost effective to contact a local coating applicator to apply an FDA acceptable coating than it would be to contact the manufacturer for a replacement component or to have them locate an applicator.

However, it should be noted that there is no one cookie cutter FDA acceptable coating (no pun intended) that can solve every issue.

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Welding fixtures

Weld Spatter Causing Problems? A Coating Can Fix That…

Ideally, today’s digital welding equipment can be fine-tuned to the point of producing almost zero spatter and weld engineers and technicians can lay a beautiful weld at the start of production with brand new equipment.

However, in a real world production setting, weld variables rarely stay tuned to a laboratory type setting. Weld fixtures become misaligned. Component tolerances vary over time. Weld equipment becomes worn. Weld variables change with every new trouble shooting attempt. Ultimately, these all contribute to the buildup of weld spatter.

There are multiple solutions to preventing mig weld spatter from building up and causing quality or productivity issues in your high volume welding environment.

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