Choosing the Right Quality Certification in Manufacturing

In the manufacturing industry, quality certifications can help drive a company to success. These certifications give a company reputability for manufacturing standards. Quality certifications matter in manufacturing both to the company and the customer. From a company standpoint, certifications help with quality and service, annual and independent audits, review and testing capabilities, reliability of production and delivery, safety, and error minimization. In short, it forces the company to stay in line with operational and quality standards. It is easy to see how manufacturing certifications are beneficial to a customer. With a certification, a customer can easily rely on the fact that a certified company is trustworthy and keeping up with industry standards.

What is the Best Quality Certification in Manufacturing?

clean-warehouse-quality-inspectionThere is not a direct answer to this question because there are so many different types of certifications. There are a variety of certifications that appeal to different companies and the industries they operate within. These vary from large and broad certifications that apply to a wide range of companies, to niche certifications that are designed for a more specific group of companies. It is important for companies to do research on which certifications are best suited for their products and/or services. For example, ISO is a popular certification. An ISO certification can be beneficial to wide range of companies in a variety of industries. On the other hand, there are certifications, such as SQFI, that focus on food safety and quality or ACC that is directed toward the business of chemistry. It obviously wouldn’t make sense for a food manufacturer to get an ACC certification and vice versa. Picking the correct certification will boost you company’s reputability and customer satisfaction.


After reviewing the benefits, one can’t help but wonder if there are potential downsides to a certification. Tom Foy, Global Director Training & Process Management at Radwell International was able to answer this question. “There really is no downside. It takes a bit of effort for sure, but as with anything, a bit of effort is good.” The internal benefits to an organization, combined with increased customer satisfaction equates to virtually no downside. There is 

no reason for a company to decide against going through the process of receiving a quality certification. The hard work that goes into maintaining the standards is worth the effort if it boosts your company.

How to Choose the Right Certification for You

In order to choose the right certification for your manufacturing company, start by doing some research. Look into some broader certifications, and then start to look at the certifications that are more catered to your specific company. According to Tom Foy, it also “depends on the size of the organization” in order to determine what type of certification is most beneficial. There are hundreds of different types of ISO certifications alone. A lot of organizations with certifications have many subcategories that range in specificity.

Here is a list of some organizations with certifications for manufacturing:

Quality certifications take hard work and dedication. A lot of time and effort goes into the achievement and maintenance of a certification. To maximize the benefits of a quality certification, it is important to choose the right one. Every operation is different and may benefit from different types of certifications but if the right quality certification is chosen, there really is no disadvantage.


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