Kit Pack's Quality System's Evolution

Mil-I 45208A
1961 Kit Pack operates under the quality requirements of Mil-I 45208A
Scope: Inspection System Requirements


ISO 9002:1994
December 2000 Kit Pack became certified to ISO 9002:1994 by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc.
Scope of Registration: Material Management, manufacture, assembly and testing of aerospace and land-based systems in support of their maintenance, overhaul and upgrade.


ISO 9001:2008
December 2003 Kit Pack became certified to ISO 9001:2008 by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc.
Scope of Registration: Material Management, manufacture, assembly and testing of aerospace and land-based systems in support of their maintenance, upgrade and overhaul. Upgrade from ISO 9002:1994 standard.

WHAT CERTIFICATION TO I S O 9001:2008 MEANS FOR KIT PACK'S CUSTOMERS

The following discussion details how Kit Pack applies processes certified to the International Standards Organization's standards and the benefit of this application for Kit Pack's customers.



Technical support-

  • Reviews contract requirements
  • Reviews specifications for product manufacturability
  • Reviews processes for completeness

Benefit: Complete, thorough understanding of customer requirements and the company's ability to meet those requirements means successful contract performance.



Purchasing-

  • Prepares Production Quality Plan detailing line items and processes
  • Assesses new vendor capability with QC evaluation of vendor survey
  • Monitors ongoing vendor performance
  • Locates products and qualified vendors
  • Works with vendors to meet common goals.

Benefit: The Production and Quality Plan is the step-by-step plan for contract performance. Purchasing and production rely upon both the plan, and vendor qualification, as keys to the company's meeting requirements from a delivery and quality standpoint.



Quality Control-

  • Inspects to ensure product meets contract specifications
  • Operates in accordance with procedure to safeguard inspection, measuring and test equipment
  • Maintains product and material trace ability
  • Maintains control of product's inspection status and release

Benefit: Standards for quality control ensure delivery of product meeting customer requirements.



Production and Delivery-

Benefit: Assures products meet customer specifications and requirements.

Benefit: Assures on time delivery.

ISO - Frequently Asked Questions

Why are ISO standards recognized world wide?

"ISO" is Greek for "equal". This word is the symbol adopted by the International Organization for Standards, made up of 250 countries which together, developed the original "ISO" standards. As is indicated by International in the name, this is an international concept, which serves a much needed, far-reaching purpose. The need to know what quality standards the systems of a company oceans away can meet has always been an issue, but has been even more so with today's global economy.

How could a company in Germany assess the likelihood that products manufactured by a company oceans away would meet their company's quality standards?

ISO standards provide common criteria or identical standards for measurement by which both companies can be evaluated. When companies are evaluated by the same standards, it is possible be determined whether or not they are "equal".

The standards, developed and issued in 1987, were updated in 1994, thus demonstrating the ISO concept of an environment of continual improvement.

What is a system certified to ISO 9001:2008?

The ISO quality system is based on eight paragraphs and requires that quality systems be documented with a Quality Manual, including the Quality Policy and Procedures. Procedures define the organization and operations of the Quality System. Every procedure the company carries out is documented where it can be seen that we "say what we do and do what we say and prove it" day to day.

The standards are spelled out in detail and to be certified, the business must meet the standards in all areas. Further, the certified company's operation is audited every six months to verify not only adherence to the standards, but continuous process improvement as well.

What does it mean when a company is certified to ISO 9001:2008?

Being certified to ISO means that operation of the company is carried out according to recognized standards focused on customer satisfaction. Further, certification evaluation is carried out by an objective third-party registrar. Kit Pack's registrar is Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc., a well known registrar whose Quality Policy it is: "to meet and exceed the requirements and expectations, in terms of the quality of services provided to clients, as well as the accreditation and regulatory bodies whose approval we secure and maintain."

What has been Kit Pack's Quality System's Evolution?

Kit Pack operated for years under the quality requirements of Mil-I 45208A and began their "quest for quality" with the implementation of the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) in 1991. Success in application was demonstrated by receipt of Honor Roll Recognition in the first annual Productivity/New Mexico Quality Awards that year. Kit Pack has since competed for, and twice earned recognition in Quality New Mexico's, Baldrige-based competition with receipt of the Roadrunner Quality award in 1994 and again in 1995.

Demonstrating continual improvement of its Quality System, Kit Pack became Certified to ISO 9002:1994 in 2000 and moved up to Certification to ISO 9001:2008 in 2003. Kit Pack's Quality system has twice been evaluated during competition for New Mexico Quality Awards in 1994 and again in 1995. Recognition was achieved with receipt of the Roadrunner Quality Award both years.