metrology software products ltd (MSP) has become one of the first manufacturing software companies to be certified with the latest version of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management standard. The assessment was completed recently by BSI staff, who found that MSP’s procedures and controls for both software development and implementation met all the requirements of the new standard.
MSP uses metrology to help their clients reduce costs and increase profitability by maximising machine productivity, reducing times for part setup and minimising, or even eliminating, scrap. Since their founding in 2002, the company has used their expertise in machine tool optimisation and five axis metrology, to support some of the most respected names in manufacturing. MSP software is
used across many areas of engineering but has enjoyed particular success in the aerospace industry, where it benefits companies ranging in size from multinational primes to independent suppliers.
The approval process for the new ISO 9001:2015 standard took MSP two years, beginning with training in the latest version of the standard by BSI specialists. Eighteen months of internal development work followed, with guidance from BSI to ensure that MSP’s processes were compliant with the standard across all parts of the company’s activities. Finally, a six-month review was carried out by BSI to ensure that the new processes were fully compliant with the requirements of the new standard.
“With validation of the ISO 9001:2015 certification, our customers can be confident that they will receive a world-class level of software customisation, system installation and integration,
with trace ability at every stage of the process, from placing the order up to the first parts coming off the machine. The work we have done to meet the requirements of the standard has already improved the ways in which we support our customers; we now have better systems for recording information throughout the life cycle of any project, and for distributing data around our company and to the customer,” explained Commercial Director, Tony Brown.
Work on MSP’s NC-PerfectPart software is also within the scope of the certification, with all new feature development and enhancements assured to the same level of detail. Customers opting for the forthcoming enhanced support package will be able to see the status of their requests – both for new options and for enhancements to existing functionality – right through to their delivery in the software.
With ISO 9001:2015 in place, MSP offers a clear, approved process for all orders, new feature requests, process developments and support questions. All information for each type of customer
interaction is kept in a traceable, archived database so that the history of the development can be
accessed in detail. For example, if an unexpected problem arises after any changes to a process,
then the entire history of the development can be examined to help identify a solution.
“Our investment in gaining ISO 9001:2015 is a clear indication of our ambition to continue the growth of our company and provide the best and most efficient service we can for our customers. As well as making it easier for both our existing clients and our potential customers to place orders, it will give them confidence in our ability and overall give us greater appeal to companies looking to improve their manufacturing processes,” said Mr Brown.