In addition to the UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 certification, which certifies the use of organised and efficient processes, and prEN 9100:2016, specific for companies operating in the aerospace supply chain, ZARE has obtained the IATF 16949, the international Quality Management System standard in the automotive sector.
The IATF 16949 certification
In January 2020 ZARE was the first Italian additive manufacturing service to have passed the audit for the IATF 16949 certification which imposes rigorous and specific quality standards for companies operating in the automotive industry. This is the international reference standard for this sector and is recognised and requested by the main American and European vehicle manufacturers. Published by IATF (International Automotive Task Force), it is based on the latest version of the ISO 9001:2015 standard, of which it respects the structure and requirements, adding specific tools and requirements for manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive sector.
The IATF 16949 certificate represents a significant step forward in the path that is bringing us, every day, increasingly in contact with advanced industrial chains in many countries around the world. Right from day one we have been convinced that 3D printing, especially of metals, would revolutionise not only prototyping but also small-scale production and this can be only achieved through intense hybridisation both with subtractive technologies and with laboratory tests and analysis: this is what we call Additive Integration.To date, a real additive manufacturing service can no longer do without obtaining process certifications that guarantee the customer not only the result, but also an approach, far from being pioneering, to quality factors.
A.Pasquali – General Manager
In particular, the IATF 16949 standard, published in October 2016, emphasises the creation and management of continuous improvement processes aimed at guaranteeing product safety, preventing defects and reducing variations. A great deal of attention is also placed on the ability to manage change, constantly improving flexibility and adaptability. The IATF 16949 certification adds another important element to the path of growth and improvement that sees us engaged in the company in everyday life with attention to innovation and continual updating.