The ISO 9001 Certification is the world’s most-respected and commonly-used set of standards for quality management systems (QMS). It is a tool that many manufacturers and fabricators like EVS Metal use as a guideline to define best practices that will allow them to most effectively serve their customers. EVS began transitioning to ISO 9001:2015 in late 2016 and completed the move just under a year later.
During that time, we wrote extensively about the differences we found in the new standards as we went through the process. One thing we noticed was how much our choice of ERP software — MIE Trak Pro — impacted the ease with which we were able to recertify. Given that both ERP systems and ISO 9001 certification standards are centered around process documentation and systems thinking, this probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.
MIE Trak Pro Software has been our go-to ERP for more than 18 years, and during that time, its utility has continued to evolve and grow just as EVS Metal has. While its primary use at EVS is more often than not for day-to-day operational matters like quoting, estimating and invoicing, MIE Trak Pro Software also empowered our company to organize all of the information needed to undergo ISO 9001 recertification much more easily than we might have otherwise.
Vice President and Co-Founder of EVS Metals, Joe Amico:
“There’s no doubt in my mind that MIE Trak Pro enabled EVS Metal to re-certify to the new ISO 9001 standards faster than we would have otherwise. With such a solid ERP in place, managing the large amounts of data generated from our various systems, including reports required for the ISO auditors, would be an impossible challenge. Thankfully, MIE Trak Pro is always more than up to the task.”
Because EVS Metal operates four unique metal fabrication facilities across the US, we generate a veritable mountain of digital documentation on a continual basis. MIE Trak Pro’s functionality gives us a level of visibility that would otherwise be impossible. For example, all of our material certifications can be tracked along with the associated document attachments starting at the PO receiving level. From there, we can follow them through the work order stage, and even pull everything together in a certificate of conformance if needed.
And with QMS (Quality Management System) such an important aspect of ISO 9001 certification, MIE Trak Pro’s ability to offer a holistic viewpoint of the entire QA process from the time a quality object is entered into the system until the time it’s resolved has been invaluable to our company, and to our customers.
While re-certifying to ISO 9001:2015 was a formidable undertaking, with help from MIE Trak Pro Software, EVS Metal ultimately found that the process allowed us to gain a better understanding of our own organizational context and believe the new standards will make our company an even stronger and more competitive leader in the precision metal fabrication space.
EVS Metal is an American precision metal fabricator headquartered in Riverdale, NJ, and has used MIE Trak Pro as its exclusive ERP system for nearly two decades. EVS Metal machinists and operators utilize the latest technology to cut, bend and finish stand-alone items as well as parts for integration or assembly into more complex products. Their four ISO 9001:2015-certified locations comprise over 250,000 square feet of vertically-integrated manufacturing space and feature the most modern equipment available, from lasers and CNC machining centers to automated powder coating lines. They serve a diverse customer base across North America, providing a range of services from ITAR-compliant, quick-turn prototypes to high-volume production runs.