IPS Ceramics Reaccredited for its Quality Management Systems
IPS Ceramics, headquartered near Stoke-on-Trent, has successfully been reaccredited under the updated ISO 9001:2015 standard for quality management systems.
The ISO 9001 has its roots in the BS 5750, and has been updated a number of times over the past decade. The current version was published in September 2015, the certification to the previous 2008 version will cease to be valid once the transition period ends in September 2018.
ISO 9001 is based on the plan-do-check-act methodology and provides a process-oriented approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organisation. It is often described as a business improvement tool that helps organisations to:
• monitor and manage quality across the organisation;
• provide products and services that meet all customer needs and relevant requirements;
• continually improve products and increase customer satisfaction.
Brian Wycherley, Technical and Development Manager at IPS Ceramics explained that “the 2015 update introduces a much more integrated approach to the quality system, with a much greater emphasis on leadership involvement and a focus on the organisation’s key objectives.”
Lucideon/GB – the renowned development and commercialisation organisation specialising in materials technologies and processes – carried out the independent audit of the IPS Ceramics quality system required for ISO 9001 accreditations in June 2018.
In addition to being well-known as a provider of an extremely broad range of cordierite kiln furniture, IPS Ceramics is also a global supplier of technical ceramics, with bases in Europe, North America and Asia. After a buoyant first half of the year, the company’s sales team will shortly be out on the road again participating in Furnaces North America (8–10 October 2018, Indianapolis/US).