Bal Seal Achieves ISO/TS 16949 Certification, Targets Automotive Growth
Foothill Ranch, Calif. – U.S.A. – February 2, 2012 – Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. recently announced its certification to ISO/TS 16949, a standard that sets strict quality requirements for suppliers to the automotive industry.
Bal Seal, a U.S.-based manufacturer of sealing, connecting, conducting and EMI/RFI shielding components, received the certification following a year-long process that involved an exhaustive audit of the systems it employs to design, produce and deliver its products.
“We’re very proud of this achievement,” said Jesse Flores, the company’s VP of Quality Assurance. “Our many automotive customers already know that we provide high-performance, high quality solutions. But our certification to the ISO/TS 16949 standard validates this even further, and informs the automotive industry as a whole that we’re a credible source for solutions to its toughest engineering challenges.”
ISO/TS 16949 is an automotive industry standard for the development of a particular quality management system that is recognized and accepted throughout the global automotive supply chain. Specifically, it applies to the design, development, production, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. Based on ISO 9001 and certification rules issued by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), it examines a supplier’s process efficiency, product quality and ability to deliver on time.
According to Flores, Bal Seal pursued the certification as a means to further its growth in hybrid and electric vehicle markets. Bal Seal’s Canted Coil Springs® are already used as critical current-carrying components in the charging units of electric vehicles, and its spring-energized polymer seals can be found in shock absorption and other vehicle systems worldwide.
In order to maintain the ISO/TS 16949 certification, Bal Seal will be required to participate in annual follow-up audits. Flores said these audits will help the company “improve against established performance benchmarks, and ensure customer satisfaction.”
About Bal Seal Engineering, Inc.
Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. is a global provider of custom-engineered sealing, connecting, conducting and EMI shielding solutions for industry worldwide. The company’s products employ unique Bal Seal Canted Coil Spring® technology for enhanced performance and reliability. For the latest news and information about Bal Seal, visit http://www.balseal.com/media or call 800.366.1006.