Even Better Quality Standards

Even Better Quality Standards!

ABL has recently been awarded the latest ISO 9001 quality standard by independent assessor, NQA – one of the UK’s leading quality assurance accreditation bodies.
Originally published in 1987, ISO 9001 underwent revisions in 1994, 2000 and again in 2008. The latest revision was published in September 2015 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an agency composed of the national standards bodies of more than 160 countries.

Plan-do-check-act
ISO 9001 is based on the plan-do-check-act methodology and provides a process-oriented approach to documenting and reviewing the structure, responsibilities, and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organisation. Specific sections of the standard contain information on topics such as:

  • Requirements for a quality management system (QMS)
  • Responsibilities of management
  • Management of resources, including human resources and an organization’s work environment
  • Product realization, including the steps from design to delivery
  • Measurement, analysis, and improvement of the QMS through activities like internal audits and corrective / preventive action

Companies use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
Organizations of all types and sizes find that using the ISO 9001 standard helps them:

  • Organize processes
  • Improve the efficiency of processes
  • Continually improve

2015 changes introduced
Changes introduced in the 2015 revision are intended to ensure that ISO 9001 continues to adapt to the changing environments in which organizations operate.
Some of the key updates in ISO 9001:2015 include the introduction of new terminology, restructuring some of the information, an emphasis on risk-based thinking to enhance the application of the process approach, improved applicability for services, and increased leadership requirements.

Extensive assessment
During the extensive two day assessment, ABL had to demonstrate its commitment to the enhanced features contained in the updated version. This included a series of meetings with many members of staff, all departments and the ABL management team.

The process was led by ABL Quality Manager Mike Doherty who commented, “The transitional audit was a huge success as it allowed us to demonstrate the Business Strategic Plan was linked to the Quality System, Objectives & Customer feedback.”

For more information contact Mike Doherty on Mike.Doherty@ablcomponents.co.uk

Even Better Logistic Services From ABL

ABL is pleased to announce further developments within its Architectural division, offering an enhanced service to its customer base by joining forces with WMH Group to provide a faster delivery service into the UK. WMH is an international stockholder specialising in non-standard aluminium alloys and products. As part of a three way agreement between ABL, WMH and the raw material provider, Constellium, additional supply benefits are now available to UK and Eire customers via ABL Architectural.

Rather than calling off material from Constellium on longer lead times, WMHs central warehouse facilities in Essen Germany, are located close to the Dutch border and this will shorten delivery times to the UK. As ABL Business Development Manager, Martin Eyles, explains “Having WMH in the supply chains brings two key benefits; faster delivery times and smaller order values which we know will assist our customers in the UK and Eire”. The new agreement will allow WMH to hold larger quantities of more architectural profiles. “Now that we have a central source for European stock, there will be greater visibility of available and incoming stock, a larger range of planks held in stock and shorter journeys to UK and Irish customers”, Martin added.

He concluded, “we have had to decline smaller enquiries in the past since it was not cost effective to setup a new mill production run. We now have access to the UK-branch of WMH for fast responses to our prospective customers. This means that ABL will be able to concentrate on a more efficient marketing and sales focus to promote the architectural products whilst backing this up with an enhanced supply chain offering”

ABL represented in ES LIVE 2014 Football match

ABL Aluminium Components Ltd had Steve Judd, Sales and Production Coordinator, selected for the ES LIVE 2014 Industry Football match at Stadium MK, home of Milton Keynes Dons Football Club.

After spending a day talking to exhibitors about aluminium, heatsinks and anodising.

Steve arrived at the changing room for the team he was selected for to meet his team mates for the evening at about 4.30pm.

The Tournament was a round robin with each team playing two matches on the MK Dons pitch.

Steve, played both matches at Centre Half in the May heat, even scoring a penalty.

Steve said ” It was an amazing experience to play football in a 30,000 seat stadium and on a lovely pitch, the biggest changing rooms I had ever experienced in football”

Steve was asked if it compared to his first love, playing tennis at Wimbledon, which he did years ago, the reply was quick ” No Chance” ” but was still Fantastic”.

Staff report on Extrusion Mill Visit

Having started work at ABL components, I was keen to see how the profiles we stock or drawings and designs our customers have, turn into an extrusion.

It was arranged for me to visit one of the biggest extrusion mills in the U.K.

The scale of what met me was amazing, a large number of huge presses and long stretching tables in a vast factory, but the most noticeable thing to me was the heat, generated by the heating of the dies and the heating of the aluminium billets ready for extrusion.

The constant pressing of aluminium extrusions and the way they are stretched, cut and then age hardened in the ovens was amazing.

To think all the aluminium extrusion and heatsink profiles we stock have gone through these processes is incredible.

ABL increases warehouse capacity

ABL Aluminium components has recently increased it warehouse capacity.

The new long run of double sided cantilever racking and long run of double sided pallet racking, has massively increased our aluminium extrusion and heatsink stock capacity.

We have also added two new forklift and reach truck to cope with the added demand.

This has enabled ABL to invest in more aluminium extrusions, extruded heatsink, BGA heatsinks and hold more ready stock for long term customer call offs.