Local foundry consumable supplier Procor Steel Traders is proud to announce that the company has been awarded ISO 9001 certification according to KIWA, a German based certification body. The company achieved the status in December 2013.
“It’s been a long road but we are proud of what we have achieved,” said Procor owner Fubio Ciani.
“In August 2012 we appointed a SHEQ consultant Steven James from Dynamic eStudio Systems to assist with the implementation of the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The management team was very committed and developed an action plan to upgrade the facility.”
“This required a considerable cash injection with each building and our manufacturing process and systems being upgraded over the following 12 months.”
In the sleeve making plant considerable work was done. The ovens were refurbished, the floor was restored, the drainage was overhauled, the pressure vessel was replaced and piping was completely replaced
“The warehouse was greatly improved and the warehouse processes were clearly defined. Shelving and racks were well labelled and flooring was restored and walkways were painted. The warehousing process involves taking receipt of raw materials or products, updating inventory records to show the new items, and placing the items in their proper location for appropriate inventory organisation and management.”
“The newly appointed warehousing manager, in consultation with management, must ensure a balance between supply and demand by establishing minimum holding stocks to cover lead-times and keep abreast of changing needs and priorities.”
“The paint plant underwent a revamp and safety was greatly improved as part of the upgrade. Safety signage was revamped across the entire plant, electrics were overhauled and brought in line with legal requirements and flooring was restored and walkways painted.”
“The sleeve store was repacked and stock has been packed into specific categories.”
“In the sleeve making plant considerable work was done. The ovens were refurbished, the floor was restored, the drainage was overhauled, the pressure vessel was replaced and piping was completely replaced. The mould store was upgraded as well.”
“The upgraded facility has improved our processes and has also improved the employees’ morale. The ISO system has allowed us to improve our production and we are better equipped to ensure good quality products leave our gate. It was a management decision made in July 2012, as we knew that we had to implement a quality management system so that we could compete not only against our local opposition but also against the threat of imports. The ISO 9001 Quality Management System has now given us an edge not only in production but it is also used as a marketing tool.”
The sleeve store was repacked and stock has been packed into specific categories
“We are currently building a laboratory, which should be completed in March 2014, to monitor, measure and test products as part of our commitment to continually improving products and processes.”
Procor, established in 1997, supply exothermic foundry sleeves, foundry spirits and other mould coats, putty, monolytics to line ladles, hot toppings for Irons and SG irons, steels and non ferrous metals, aluminium slip for pattern boxes, parting powder to prevent sticking to the wood moulds, sealant, mouldable and mastic adhesives, sodium silicate, core glue and breakdown agent.
The company is located in Vulcania, Brakpan, Gauteng and has a staff complement of 32.
For further details contact Procor on TEL: 011 740 1450 or visit www.procor.co.za