In manufacturing, there is a great deal of emphasis placed on quality control. Having standardized methods in processes, operations, and quality assessment is vital for businesses who desire to create products that help to solidify their brand standing in today’s marketplace. The cost of poor quality is much greater than the cost of conformance to specifications. For successful manufacturers, quality is deeply rooted as part of their company make-up.
Harmony Enterprises is Leading the Way In Quality
Harmony Enterprises, an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer from Harmony, MN, recently partnered with field experts from Oil-Air Products of Plymouth, MN, also ISO certified, to assist with hydraulic testing of various components in their stationary compactors.
This collaborative testing provided valuable information on the quality and functionality of the various hydraulic components associated with the Harmony compactors. Harmony’s engineering team is using the information learned to continue to improve their designs so that maintenance requirements will be eliminated in the field post-production.
Independent and Third Party Testing in Manufacturing
Sometimes, a manufacturer’s own quality processes, although stringent, may not be unbiased enough to guarantee a precise evaluation of a product. In these cases, companies often turn to a third party or independent testing firm for help. These testing groups conduct tests in independent facilities or even on the production floor of the manufacturer. Results are beneficial as they eliminate commercial bias and involve professionals who offer excellent experience and credentials in their testing fields.
The Value of Quality in Manufacturing
How each individual company approaches their quality control varies on a massive scale. What might be an acceptable level of quality with one company might not stand a chance in passing inspection in another company’s facility. This is why some company’s products are known and trusted for their durability, reliability, and performance, and others simply are not. It is also why customers are more willing to pay a little more for the enhanced value associated with certain products and brands than others. Sometimes, especially when it comes to quality, you get what you pay for – this is true for both producers and consumers.
ISO Certification Helps Create Long-Term Quality
Companies that utilize international standards, such as those set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), set themselves apart with consistency and protocols for risk mitigation and corrective action plans that protect them from quality issues. In the short term, it might increase lead times and overall product costs, but the end product is one that both business owners and consumers can have confidence in.
Harmony Enterprises, Inc., is an ISO, UL, and ETL certified manufacturer of balers, compactors, and beverage extraction equipment for waste and recycling. The enhanced value Harmony offers comes with our industry leading customer service, warranty options, and preventive maintenance plans as part of a total global solutions approach. We care about the environment and are always working toward making the earth a greener, more sustainable place for generations to come. If you are interested in learning more about our stationary compactors, hydraulic replacement parts, or other recycling and waste equipment or services, please contact us or call us at 888-474-2253.