RUS Industries, Inc.

RUS Insustries, Inc. executives discuss plans for ISO.

RUS Industries of Niagara Falls, NY – a small manufacturer of precision machined components for the industrial and telecom sectors – has “great customers, great machines and great people,” in the words of Manufacturing General Manager Erik Carlson. After 40 years of serving industries across the country, it was time to raise the company’s stature by fully complying with the ISO 9001:2008 Standard. Carlson and his management team see the development and implementation of a formal quality management system (QMS) as the avenue to an expanded customer base. Specifically, they aspire to reach a clientele that requires potential vendors possess ISO certification before even entering discussions. But more importantly, RUS shuns a “once and done” attitude and values ISO and its tools as a continual approach for improving everyday operations. UB TCIE emerged as the chosen partner because of its enthusiasm and customized solutions, versus a list of ISO providers proposing uninspired, cookie-cutter services.

The Approach

  • Engaged and trained five company managers in ISO 9001:2008, which included:
    • Assessing system and process gaps that prohibit ISO compliance
    • Ascertaining RUS’s core business processes before mapping them to identify opportunities for improvement, as defined by ISO standards
    • Writing a manual detailing the QMS and educating employees about the new system
    • Adjusting the QMS, post implementation
    • Conducting an internal audit to detect areas needing further attention
  • Introduced all employees to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard

The Impact

  • Received an ISO Certificate of Registration and praise from the third-party certifying auditor for obtaining zero non-comformances as a first-time applicant
  • Developed a more accurate business view by instilling metrics to track the costs of poor quality and goods sold, on-time delivery and safety, all leading to better decision making
  • Reduced cost of rework and scrapped products by 35 percent, year over year
  • Increased all employees’ sense of ownership by providing greater awareness of company operations