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The Importance of Quality and ISO Certifications in Manufacturing

One thing that sets us apart is our commitment to quality and safety standards in manufacturing. But what does it really mean when a company says they’re committed to quality?

The International Organization for Standardization has been around since 1946 to coordinate international industrial standards. The organization as it’s recognized today, ISO, officially began operations in 1947.

ISO develops requirements and guidelines to ensure that products and processes meet a certain standard. Companies can request tests and inspections to certify that they adhere to a particular standard, though certification is actually provided by an outside assessor – not through ISO directly.

But what’s the whole purpose of following these standards and procedures? And why should buyers care if a company has been certified to adhere to ISO requirements?

It all comes down reliability. In order for a company to pass an audit, they need to be performing the same process the same way, every time. This leaves little to no room for error.

For custom equipment manufacturers, there needs to be a basic foundation in engineering concepts to ensure that things are done correctly, even if they’ve never technically been done before. The whole purpose of getting certified is that you want your customer to have the same results with every order. Customer satisfaction is a main driver for certification.

At Hunter Lift, we are currently certified for ISO 9001:2008, soon to be certified ISO 9001:2015. This particular standard focuses on quality management systems and can be applied to any type of organization. As a manufacturer of custom material handling equipment, it’s vital that our customers can trust our products, which are often used in heavy duty applications.

To learn more about our commitment to quality, feel free to call 1-800-231-6501 or email info@hunterlift.com.

Hunter Lift: A History of Growth, Satisfaction, and Success

hunterlift-liftHunter Lift is now known as a premier manufacturer of the highest quality industrial lifters available. Our products and equipment are  counted on by clients in a range of industries throughout the country. Of course, we are proud of this quality and recognition—but we are equally proud of how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, and how much we’ve grown and evolved to meet each customer’s needs.

We began operations in 2003, initially operating out of a rented facility, where our goal was to increase our market awareness and sales volume, all while manufacturing exceptional equipment, of course. In the past ten years, our business has multiplied by a factor of six, and as we grew, we moved into a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility.

We are still growing significantly, currently adding an additional 8,000-square-foot facility with a lifting capacity of 50 tons. With each expansion over the past ten years, we’ve been able to reduce the cost of our equipment and directly pass on the savings to our customers, while continuously maintaining and improving our high quality standards.

Staff-3-One of the reasons for this consistent growth and success is our focus on and commitment to customer satisfaction. Our ISO 9001:2008 certification—proof of the quality of our products—has helped us achieve a 99% positive feedback from our customers, which we take very seriously.

In addition to this commitment to service and satisfaction, it is the design of our equipment that truly sets us apart. Unlike some of our industry competitors, we strictly adhere to the design standards set forth by ASME BTH-1. We maintain members on the ASME 830.20 and ASME BTH-1 committees, so that we can remain constantly aware of code changes and so we can provide input on future code changes that would allow for even more efficient and safer designs for our customers.

Through this approach, coupled with our degreed, professional on-staff engineers who are truly the best in the business, we maintain the highest level of success in engineering capabilities. Our engineers custom design each piece of equipment to specifically meet our customers’ needs. Our equipment is robust, meeting the requirements of severe service applications, and ranges in capacity from 300 pounds to 300 tons, and weighs from 30 to 100,000 pounds.

In short, it’s designed to be versatile, to last, to meet all needs, and to be the best. We have grown and flourished because of this, and we have no plans to stop, ever.