ISO and AS9100 Certification: Understanding the Significance 

QT Manufacturing is a precision manufacturer of molds, plastic parts, and metal parts for a variety of industries, including aerospace manufacturers. We’re ISO9001:2015 and AS9100 certified, allowing us to meet the highest standards of quality management.

QT Manufacturing in Dallas, Texas holds an ISO certification

As one of our customers, you’ll realize fewer defects and increased efficiency. Of course, customer satisfaction is a top priority. Improve your business by partnering with an ISO9001 manufacturer. Here’s some more information on ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and AS9001 certification and why you should care about them.

What Is ISO Certification?

ISO certification verifies that a company’s management system, manufacturing process, and documentation meet the top standards of quality assurance. ISO is a non-governmental, international organization that sets the standards for quality, safety, and efficiency across many industries. Additionally, ISO certifications for various products and services have unique standards and criteria; they’re numbered for easy identification.

ISO 9001 Defined

ISO9001 incorporates these components:

  • ISO
  • 9001
  • 2015 (changes)


The International Organization for Standardization develops standards and uses them to certify qualified businesses or organizations. To maintain impartiality, third parties test and certify (or not) each company every year.

9001 (Quality Management)

9001 is the numeric designation for ISO quality standards. These are among the best-known standards in the world. ISO9001 businesses become more efficient and focus on customer satisfaction. QT Manufacturing undergoes the scrutiny of third-party testers to ensure that our processes remain efficient and scalable. It also fosters a culture of continuous improvement which you’ll appreciate when we help you design, create, and perfect your parts and products.

ISO9100 Versus AS9100

ISO 9001 and AS9100 are both quality management system standards. AS9001 is an extension of the already high bar set by ISO9001.

Here are the main differences:

  • ISO 9001 is a general QMS standard utilized by businesses in all industries. It focuses on customer requirements and business performance.
  • AS9100 applies to the aerospace industry, building and expanding on ISO9001. It also incorporates compliance with aerospace regulations and product safety requirements. AS9001 forbids the production of counterfeit parts and addresses risk management concerns.

If you work in the aerospace industry, you’ll need to meet or exceed both ISO 9001 and AS9100 to gain the confidence of prospective customers.

What Does ISO9001 Certification Mean?

In order to claim that your company is “ISO 9001 Certified,” your organization has to meet all the requirements of ISO 9001. If you aren’t equipped to set up a QMS to track and verify everything your company does to maintain these standards, you can partner with QT Manufacturing, which will allow you to focus on other core business functions.

We consistently identify areas for improvement and make the necessary changes. Our documentation reflects these improvements so that we are always ready to pass ISO and AS9100 testing. Additionally, it helps us guarantee precision and accuracy in every part we produce.

Is ISO Certification Important?

It depends on the industry you work in. In many industries, you can’t sell your products unless you pass the relevant ISO9001 testing. For example, the automotive industry requires ISO certification for all manufacturers.

ISO standards are a roadmap of what you should be doing on every order. Our customers don’t have to worry about missing the highest levels of quality, consistency, and safety. At QT Manufacturing, we stay relevant and competitive by exceeding ISO standards and focusing on your needs.

How Can I Catch Up on All the Changes? (Use a Cheatsheet)

If you’re still catching up on all the changes made in 2015, ISO has gathered them together in one convenient document, 9001Simplified. You can use this to research changes made to ISO 9001 from 2008 (standards published) to 2015 (last change). Additionally, our engineers are always ready to schedule a consultation to answer your questions.

QT Manufacturing is ISO and AS9001 Certified

QT Manufacturing’s quality management system has passed ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100 rev D certification. We are proud to maintain this standard to meet the high expectations of our customers. With over three decades of experience, QT Manufacturing has built high-precision parts with incredible accuracy and proven performance.

Contact our team today to discuss your manufacturing needs and ensure you meet your industry’s ISO standards.