Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What ISO 9001:2008, UL, FM and Other Certifications Mean

We take pride in quality. Our instrumentals for monitoring, control, and data acquisition are held to the highest standards and regulations to assure customers that they’re buying the best. When it comes to manufacturing, there are four main certifications/standards that tell the world of your dedication to quality: ISO 9001:2008, FM, UL, and IEEE 232/344. We are proud to have achieved every one of these certifications and standards and wanted to break down why are they so special and what does it take to attain them.

ISO 9001:2008
The ISO 9001-2008 certification covers your company’s quality management system. The International Organization for Standardization’s website states that this includes measuring your customer focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approach, decision making, and supplier relationships. What separates ISO 9001:2008 from other certifications is the rigorous and continuous auditing system. Even if you can pass all the initial tests laid out by the ISO, you must keep your quality management system running a peak performance at all times or risk losing your certification.

FM Approvals
FM Approvals are the product certification wing of the famed commercial and industrial property insurers FM Global. These third-party certifications cover products that have a direct bearing on the safety of a company’s property, such as fire protection equipment, gas detection, and electrical equipment monitoring. Because we manufacture a wide variety of monitoring instruments, this certification is critical to our success.

If you have ever checked the label on a home appliance, odds are you have seen a UL certification label.  Of course, the UL 508 certification we have at Devar is more complex and specific to industrial control equipment.  The one thing both have in common is that they are globally accepted, extensive, and difficult to achieve and maintain.

IEEE-232 and 344
Finally, we have the most specific of our standards, IEEE C37.232 and 344. The IEEE Standards Association is made up of a number of different governing bodies that creates standards to help maintain a high-level of quality in various high-tech equipment. In this case, the IEEE 232 standards deal with equipment (digital fault recorders and power quality monitors) that produce TSD files, while the IEEE 344  standards cover equipment that is seismically qualified for use in nuclear power generating stations.

In the end, while all of these certifications and standards are unique, they all have one thing in common: Each of them is a way of proving Devar’s dedication to consistently excellent products and high-quality customer service.  As you can see, we take the extra step for our quality assurance program, so head over to our website to see how our products can help your business.