ISO Risk Management & your Supply Chain

A big part of ISO9001-2015 is risk management.  Once your company is ISO9001-2015 compliant, how do you manage your supply chain?  As you might imagine, they introduce new elements of risk. ISO guide 73 states that risk is the effect of uncertainty on objectives.  That effect may be positive, negative or a deviation from what…

Preparing for your ISO9001-2015 Audit

The focus of ISO9001-2015 is the adoption of a quality management system.  Compliance with ISO9001-2015 is a strategic decision for a manufacturing organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives.  It can also help increase sales. ISO9001-2015 calls for roughly 40 procedures to be written…

Introduction to ISO9001-2015

The focus of ISO9001-2015 is the adoption of a quality management system.  Compliance with ISO9001-2015 is a strategic decision for a manufacturing organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives. It could also help them get more business because many companies prefer to do business…

Process & ISO9001

Processes [procedures] are a key component of ISO compliance. To be ISO compliant, you need to be able to tell the auditor how you do business.  Your procedures describe how you do business.  You need to be able to show that you follow those procedures.  You will need to show specific documentation and appropriate signatures.…

Document Control & ISO9001

Companies can be ISO9001 compliant without PDM [product data management] or PLM [product lifecycle management] software, but it requires a whole new level of discipline and increases risk. Processes are a key component of ISO compliance as is documentation.  ISO9001 compliance requires control and visibility. Control Documents follow procedures that are tuned to document types. …

Wait or Act on PLM

Many companies are thinking about PLM.  Fewer are acting on these thoughts than those that are waiting. Waiting Companies that are waiting on PLM are thinking about their problems that are costing them money each and every month. They are investigating their options.  They are learning about PLM – what it can and can’t do. …

Thoughts from PI PLMx

Last week, I attended the PI PLMx conference in Fort Worth.  I hosted a workshop on gathering requirements. While attending many of the sessions, I saw that companies are facing the same problems that they have been for years.  They have information in multiple systems that don’t necessarily talk to each other.  Finding the information…