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Lou Blaiotta on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12:00:00 am
Marie and I have the proud distinction of awarding high quality employees with our annual Columbia Elevator Founders’ Awards. Here we are with Lavern Morrison whom we honored for his Initiative and dedication to Quality work
There is so much to know when it comes to building a successful company that produces quality products on a regular basis. Last time we discussed how a QMS helps us all keep on track in our company. Today – we will look at how we set the standards of our Quality to an internationally recognized level.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), based in Geneva, Switzerland, is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that includes a membership of over 160 national standards bodies. ISO brings together the knowledge of all these experts to develop voluntary, market-relevant international standards.
The standards set out by ISO provide world-class specifications for products, services, and systems. ISO has published over 20,500 international standards and related documents across every industry including my industry - manufacturing. The primary purpose of these standards is to facilitate international trade by ensuring quality, safety, and efficiency.
International Standards are strategic tools or guidelines that help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. We at Columbia Elevator are looking to meet ISO 9001:2015. The document (which was adopted in September 2015 and goes into effect in 2018) details the criteria for a Quality Management System. Ultimately, by following their standards, a company’s QMS can be certified, and customers would be ensured that they would receive consistent, good quality products.
What are the benefits of ISO International Standards?
Verifying that a company’s QMS works effectively is a big part of ISO 9001:2015. Companies that have incorporated ISO standards into their QMS have seen the following benefits:
Lou Blaiotta on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 12:00:00 am
CEPCo recognizes the quality of our employees. Here is CEO LJ Blaiotta recognizing Columbia Elevator Executive Assistant Marie Magee for her inspiration and dedication to the quality of her work.
It’s been a while since I’ve put on my entrepreneur hat. So, today I’m giving a mini-lesson on a topic that is very important to running a manufacturing business.
A Quality Management System (QMS) describes the set of procedures any organization follows to meet its objectives. The procedures are designed to ensure that everyone at the company knows what his/her role is in the organization. The key to completing the role is knowing how to do one’s job while following company processes, procedures, and policies.
A QMS is a system by which a company, like Columbia Elevator Products, can eliminate nonconformance to specifications and set standards in a cost effective and efficient manner. It’s about having effective design and production functions in place so that we always meet the manufacturing requirements of our products by following specific manufacturing processes. By following a QMS, staff and personnel can work harmoniously together to achieve the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of a company.
How do we communicate our QMS within the company?
All of the company’s procedures are documented in a Quality Manual. The manual is an official company document that itemizes everything incorporated in the management system. The document includes
What are the Benefits of QMS?
A primary benefit of QMS is to improve the communication within our company across functions, across departments, and across locations so that we are all working together in a structured approach to correct mistakes or defects and collectively determining improvements to our production and products. The three big benefits of an effective QMS include
As you can see, QMS is important to our company so that every staff member can cooperate in achieving our company goals and objectives.
Lou Blaiotta on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 12:00:00 am
One of the best parts of working in the elevator industry is the opportunity to improve building access for all people no matter where they live or work. At Columbia Elevator, we are positively impacting everyday life for people across the U.S. and Canada. I’m proud of every employee at Columbia Elevator because their collective work contributes to making life accessible to all. Let me reminisce about some of our jobs:
In medical facilities, our products improve the transport of people in need, their families, and the medical personnel or research staff who make a difference in patients’ lives.
In residential high-rise buildings, Columbia products help people get home to their apartments or condos in the evening and out into the world in the morning.
Of course, there are the corporate structures where people appreciate elevators to move them from one floor to the next.
Mass transit, airports, and hotels take care of people in cities for work, play, and travel.
It is especially fun to see our products installed in culturally iconic buildings.
It never fails to make me proud to see our products in so many different types of structures truly making life easier for people every day.