KEI: Stepping Up to the Plate with ISO Recognition

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Knight Electronics International, Inc: ISO 9001:2008 certified.

As the aerospace and defense industries are already well aware of, Knight Electronics International has been faithfully serving the needs of those communities since 1981. Since its physical movement to Long Island, New York in 1984, KEI gave itself an edge by tightening the distance between its warehouse facility and JFK International Airport; therefore allowing itself to more efficiently serve the needs of the global airline community with quality product and service, while adding value with the capability of expediting AOG requirements quicker than every before.

Backed by their cornerstone mantra of being ‘the supply chain champion’, KEI has built a positive foundation and reputation around the globe by its dedication to clientele for almost 30 years.

However, as our personal lives evolve and change, so does business and our competition. Life does not remain static, and neither does business…that is nothing new being said.

With new technologies and methodologies of getting deliverables passed on to the end-user being introduced at a phenomenal rate, staying ‘ahead of the pack’, means tightening up our benchmarks that measure quality in order to ensure product, service and price go well-beyond the passing grade in the matrix of what comprises overall customer satisfaction.

The world standard of measuring business quality lies with the International Organization for Standardization; aka, ISO, for those of us who deal with quality control on a day-to-day basis.

As known my most of us, ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 161 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland that coordinates the system. It is a non-governmental organization that forms the connection between the public and private sectors. Many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. In contrast, ISO encompasses the private (non-governmental) sector as well.

In essence, ISO enables a consensus to be reached on quality solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.

That said, the defacto ISO standard that gained popularity in aerospace and defense in Europe in the 1980s is the ISO 9000 standard. After taking a strong foothold in measuring quality, ISO standards began to ‘cross the pond’ to the United States taking a foothold in how American organizations monitor their business and quality policies.

It’s been a long journey, but KEI is proud to announce that it has achieved ISO certification! In March of 2010, KEI attained ISO 9001:2008 credentials – the latest and greatest certification documenting your organizations procedures & policies, maintaining records, employee training, corrective actions for defective products, and instilling a culture of continuous improvement. And yes, continuous improvement is part of the BPR (business process re-engineering) that KEI takes seriously. Organizations need to re-invent themselves, or re-engineer themselves, from time to time, to promote added value in their products and services. And KEI has done just that!

To learn more about KEI and how it can be a part of your aerospace and defense supply chain, visit their website: http://www.knightelectronicsinternational.com, or call (516) 365-3830.

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William Whitman Jr