CertificateFrom the very start of the company, quality has been very important to us. Our design and manufacturing processes are carefully managed and we have a flexible and fully traceable control system in place that covers all aspects. As the company grew taking on more staff and more complex projects, the need to have a formal Quality Management System (QMS) became apparent and this was implemented in 2011. This QMS system has been gradually improved since then to better work for the business and to add value for us and our customers. In Q3 2015 we engaged the world renowned British Standards Institute (BSI) to carry out a “pre-stage audit” of our QMS to ISO9001:2008. This having been successful we pushed straight through to employing BSI to carry out external auditing. The company achieved certification in February 2016. Download certificate here.

Achieving ISO9001:2008 is very much viewed as the next step for our company and not the end. Moving forward we will be actively carrying out various continuous improvement activities. We will of course also be carrying out a program of internal auditing which will be carried out by our BSI trained staff. We have set ourselves the target of achieving ISO9001:2015 in 2017 a year before this becomes mandatory. This fits very well with our “Risk Management” philosophy.

In terms of other aspects of quality, all our production staff who carry out PCB assembly work are trained to IPC-A-610 and we have our own in house trainer . Any wiring harness work is carried out to IPC/WHMA-A-620 and we only use high quality crimps and tooling from CEMBRE

Given our company name, you won’t be surprised that software is involved in much of what we do. This is mainly embedded code in microcontrollers / DSPs but also involves other platforms. We have a documented software quality policy which governs all aspects of development including how we manage development tool versions. The software coding structure and rules are based on  ‘MISRA C : 2012′. Although not officially accredited, we believe our code meets the requirements for compliance.  Whilst MISRA C was originally developed by the automotive industry, it has now been adopted by many other industries as more and more applications contain software and have an aspect of safety in them. We are currently investigating other alternative standards and formal certification options along with trialling automated code checking tools.

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  • SPS achieves certification to ISO9001:200816th February 2016 - 9:45 am

    BSI have now carried out the final stage 2 external audit to ISO9001:2008 and we are delighted to report that we have passed!! This is a fantastic achievement and we are as convinced as ever that this will bring real value to the company and our customers. We have now added a dedicated quality page […]

  • BSI carry out ISO9001:2008 stage 1 audit10th November 2015 - 12:33 pm

    Following on from a positive “pre certification audit”, BSI have now carried out the stage 1 formal external audit to ISO9001:2008 which focuses on the Quality Manual in particular. No non-conformities were found but a few suggestions for improvements have been taken on board and the scope of the QMS expanded to include servicing and […]

  • BSI carry out ISO9001:2008 pre-assessment30th September 2015 - 11:47 am

    As the next step to achieving ISO9001:2008, SPS have engaged the services of world renowned British Standards Institute (BSI) to carry out a “pre certification” audit of its existing Quality Management System. This was duly carried out with no issues found but just a few suggestions for improvement. These suggestions have been taken on board […]

  • ISO9001:2008 Internal Auditor Training24th September 2015 - 4:23 pm

    In anticipation of seeking certification to ISO9001:2008, two SPS staff have attended BSI’s internal auditor course which was held over two days in York. Both Alan Yarker (Production and Quality Manager) and Peter Moriarty (Principal R&D Engineer) found the course to be very helpful in providing a structured approach to auditing. It also allowed them […]