WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ISO/TS 16949?
- Satisfies the demands of current or prospective customers for registration
- Improves customer focus
- Boost international acceptance and credibility: ISO/TS 16949 is in fact an international quality management specification. It is known, recognized, and accepted without question all over the world.
- Places you in an elite category of businesses: Registration to ISO/TS 16949 puts your organization on the identical level of excellence shared by organizations of all kinds worldwide.
- Keeps you prepared for external audits and inspections – i.e. regulators, customers, etc.
- Facilitates continual improvement: It sounds like a cliche, but it really is true. In today’s intensely competitive global market, there is no such thing as a safe, protected market. Your competitors, out to eat your lunch, are striving to improve. You must do so too.
- Provides competitive advantage: When you’re head-to-head with a competitor for a piece of business — and you’re certified but they’re not — who’s going to get the nod?
- Transforms your operation from detection mode to prevention mode: Prevention is less work and less expense than detection. With an ISO/TS management system, you prevent product nonconformities. Prevent pollution by addressing the causes. Mitigate or eliminate hazards and risks to protect the health and safety of employees and others.
- Creates consistency throughout the organization built around “best practices”.
- Improves business performance: A well designed, well implemented ISO compliant management system can help improve satisfaction of customers and consumers; and boost internal manufacturing and operational efficiencies.
- Lessens dependency on key individuals: An ISO management system distributes responsibility and accountability across the work force. More people share more information and accountability for key quality tasks. Result: tasks or processes don’t collapse just because one person leaves or changes jobs. And each person carries his or her small share of the load.
- Provides blueprint for controlled, disciplined growth: Some organizations see ISO/TS management systems as a way to organize the business, systematize practices, and ensure management accountability as the organization expands.
- Ensures consistent training: An ISO system is like a collection of road maps. Each road map provides direction from one end of a process to the other. New people to the process are trained using the road map. They refer to the road map while they’re learning. Their performance is tested against the road map. And once they know their process, they don’t need to refer to the road map anymore. Except when the process changes, in which case the road map changes and people are retrained to it.
- Improves management oversight: An effective ISO management system incorporates monitoring and measurement of key performance indicators in quality and customer satisfaction. This gives management objective data upon which to base decisions. The required self-auditing function is even more powerful. Internal auditing is an “early warning system” to help you spot process problems and potential customer satisfaction issues – giving you the chance to address and resolve them before they are detected by others, rather than after. And then management review, closing the loop, provides management with solid data, enabling management to make decisions based on facts and evidence.