The Benefits of Doing Business with a Company that has an ISO 9001 Certification

How can you be sure that the company you’re doing business with is dedicated to providing you the best quality product, customer service and always looking for ways to improve? Search for one that voluntarily practices the internationally set of standards developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). In particular, the ISO 9000 family, which addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISOs best known standards. A company that has a certification to the ISO 9001 standard delivers high quality products and services.

ISO 9001 is a quality management system that is successfully used all over the world. In 2013, over one million certifications were issued across 187 countries. Many companies and organizations use the standard to improve the way they work without even being certified. The benefits of ISO 9001 are not fabricated; companies large and small have prospered from following a quality management system that allowed them to discover cost and efficiency savings. Here are the main benefits of an ISO 9001 certification:

  • Improvement of company’s credibility and image
  • Improvement of customer satisfaction
  • Better process integration
  • Improve company’s evidence for decision making
  • Create a continual improvement culture
  • Engagement of employees

The international quality management system, ISO 9001, is recognized as such a basic and influential standard that it is used as the basis when industry groups want to add specific industry requirements, thus creating their own industry. These include AS9100 for the aerospace industry, ISO 13485 for the medical devices industry and ISO/TS 16949 for the automotive industry. Certification to this standard will lead to a company’s success, by implementing the benefits available through an ISO 9001 quality management system, a business can build to even higher savings and improvement.

From the very beginning Medi-Ray has employed effective, end-user oriented management to ensure that resulting lead products and services are of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been certified to the ISO standards so that we may continue to provide our clients with quality service and products.

How Do Consumers Benefit from the Quality Management Principles of ISO 9001?

The ISO Quality Management System is the backbone of our society, guaranteeing the safety and quality of products and services, facilitating international trade and improving the environment in which we live. In order for a business or company to improve organization the senior management must apply the seven quality principles of the ISO 9001 standards. The quality management principles are:

  • Customer Focus
  • Leadership
  • Engagement of People
  • Process Approach
  • Improvement
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Relationship Management

These principles are guidelines that can help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. The ISO standards ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets. Many businesses are not only able to cut costs, and reduce their impact on the environment, but are also able to increase customer satisfaction.

When businesses choose to conform to the ISO standards for their products and services consumers can have confidence that the products they purchase are safe, reliable and of good quality. Understanding the needs of existing and future customers is vital in aligning organizational objectives with customer needs and expectations. The ISO standards allow  companies to meet customer requirements, create and manage customer relationships, and exceed customer expectations.

Since the beginning, Medi-Ray has had an effective, end-user oriented management system to insure that the resulting lead products and services are always of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been ISO certified so that we may continue to provide our clients and customers with excellent quality, service and products.

ISO 9001: 2015 A Quality Management System

ISO 9001 helps organizations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. The benefits of this management system are efficiency and improved customer satisfaction for businesses and organizations.

On September 2015 the latest edition of ISO 9001 was published, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008). Every five years the ISO standards are reviewed and revised, if necessary. This allows ISO standards to remain as useful tools for the marketplace. Today businesses and organizations face challenges that are very different from a few decades ago and ISO 9001 has been amended to take this new environment into account. The latest version of the standard brings the user a variety of benefits. For instance, ISO 9001:2015:

  • Puts a greater emphasis on leadership engagement
  • Help address organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner
  • Uses simplified language and a common structure and terms, which are particularly helpful to organizations using multiple management systems (environment, health & safety, or business continuity)
  • Addresses supply chain management more effectively
  • Is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organizations

With over 1.1 million certificates issued worldwide, many businesses and organizations are updating the existing quality management system to meet the revised requirements. The acting ISO Secretary-General, Kevin McKinley states, “The world has changed, and this revision was needed to reflect this. Technology is driving increased expectations from customers and businesses. Barriers to trade have dropped due to lower tariffs, but also because of strategic instruments like International Standards. We are seeing a trend towards more complex global supply chains that demand integrated action. So organizations need to perform in new ways, and our quality management standards need to keep up with these expectations. I am confident that the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 can help them achieve this.”

Certification for ISO 9001 is intended for businesses and organizations to improve their management performance. However, receiving certification to ISO 9001 is not an easy task and it may not always be granted. Every organization is different, so the process required to receive certification to a quality management system will be unique to the situation of the company. The process for becoming certified requires a two-phase audit preformed by an accredited body.

From the very beginning Medi-Ray has employed effective, end-user oriented management to ensure that resulting lead products and services are of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been certified to the ISO standards so that we may continue to provide our clients with quality service and products.

Lead Products for Protection from Radiation Emitting Equipment

Radiation from equipment like x-rays, CT, MRI scanning and from radio pharmaceuticals are harmful if people are overexposed to them. Even if they are used to detect improper functioning of internal organs and to cure certain diseases, people around should be exposed to only permeable amounts of radiation. To regulate the intensity of radiations scattered by this equipment, they are shielded with lead.

Lead is the most malleable of all common metals, can be easily shaped / bent/cut and is resistant to corrosion. Due to its density, lead is the best and most affordable shielding product.

Different lead radiation shielding products

Lead radiation shielding products are not only used in the medical field, but also in military, nuclear power industries and other industries for protection from radiation.
Medi-RayTM is the industry leader in lead radiation shielding products, and produces a range of products to meet different industrial requirements. Medi-RayTM uses timely and cost-effective methods of producing quality lead products. Medi-RayTM applies the latest software technology to achieve required customer’s design, reduce costs, improve overall quality, and adapt to product revisions and improvements.
Medi-RayTM ‘s production foresight enables customers to incorporate the latest technology advancements with no increase in costs. If are in need quality lead radiation shielding products, then call Medi-RayTM at 877-898-3003.

Lead Counterweights

Lead is a great metal to use for a counterweight. It’s unique combination of high resistance to corrosion, malleability and high density allows for a versatile range of uses. Our quality control procedures guarantee consistent unit weight in our lead counterweights. Custom counterweights have been developed for automotive, marine, environmental equipment, construction equipment, scientific laboratory applications and even recreational use.

Some uses for lead counterweights include:

  • Elevator Weights
  • Lead sash weights (windows)
  • Stage and theater weights
  • Ballast lead weights
  • Aerospace counterbalance weights
  • Curtain weights
  • Divers weights
  • Boat keel weights
  • Race car ballast weights
  • Flagpole weights

Lead counterweights are typically 40% heavier than steel counterweights. This allows our lead counterweights to fit in smaller spaces and have lower centers of gravity. This also allows flexibility as to how the counterweights are positioned, due to the smaller space that it inhabits.

Lead for Radiation Shielding

Since 1974, Mediray has been the largest supplier of radio-pharmaceutical shipping containers. Mediray is mainly known for shielding radioactive products, X-ray, PET, CT or MRI equipment. Lead is used for the shielding of radioactive products.

Lead – Best Radiation Shielding Metal

Lead is the best metal in providing protection from various sources of radiation. It has become a standard in the design of Radiation Protection systems. Lead shielding refers to the use of lead to shield or protect people or objects from radiation. Because of its high density and high atomic number, lead can fade certain kinds of radiation. And that’s why lead is used as radiation protection in applications ranging from x-ray imaging and PET rooms to nuclear reactors.

Criteria for Selection of Shielding Material

Thickness is not enough for a material to attenuate radiation. There are certain characteristics that are required in a material to use as radiation shielding.

  • Shielding material should have high density and high atomic number, which in turn is better attenuator of x-rays and gamma rays.
  • Shielding material should have good heat conductivity.
  • Shielding material must be resistant to radiation damage.
  • Shielding material should have required thickness and weight.

Apart from the above characteristics, you should also consider the cost of shielding material, transportation and installation. Also, take into account its wastage and scrap value; and availability and ease of shielding material.

Properties of Lead as Shielding Material

The properties of lead are its high density, high atomic number; high level of stability, ease of fabrication and availability makes it excellent shielding material.

  • Lead has extremely low-level neutron absorption and practically no gamma radiation. It cannot become radioactive. Even after long exposure of neutrons, lead emits an insignificant amount of radiation due to activation.
  • Lead is not too dense, but it is readily available, easily fabricated and is less expensive than other high-density materials.
  • Lead is more uniform throughout as compared to other materials.
  • Lead is less likely to become contaminated with dirt, which in turn may become radioactive.
  • Lead can be immediately available for reuse, adaption or for sale as scrap.

Forms of Lead Available For Radiation Shielding

For radiation shielding various forms of lead are used. The shielding of containers for radioactive materials is usually metallic lead. Radioactive materials in laboratories and the medical industry are usually handled by remote control from a position of safety. Personal shielding includes lead aprons (such as the garment used during dental x-rays), thyroid shields, and lead gloves. There are also shielding devices available for laboratory equipment, including lead castles, structures composed of lead bricks, and thick containers for storing and transporting radioactive samples.

We understand why lead is the best shielding material. Mediray is devoted to innovation in lead metal technology as it mainly deals with shielding of X-ray, CT, PET, MRI equipment.