DOTQS to Audit First ISO 3834 U.S. Certified Company

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DOT Quality Services, the Chicago-based quality process auditing firm, plans the second surveillance audit of Premier Fabrication in Congerville, IL. Premier Fabrication is the first U.S. firm to be certified to ISO 3834 "Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials."

Certification to ISO 3834 by a US firm was first performed in 2012, when DOT Quality Services became the first U.S. Certification Body to qualify and offer the service.

DOT Quality Services, the Chicago-based quality process auditing firm, plans the second surveillance audit of Premier Fabrication in Congerville, IL. Premier Fabrication is the first U.S. firm to be certified to ISO 3834 "Quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials." The audit comes during the second year of a three-year certification cycle. The audit will take place at Premier’s Congerville, IL, facility. Premier was first certified in early December 2012.

Certification to ISO 3834 and its predecessor EN 729 has been a requirement in Europe and Asia for decades. It is a “ticket to sit at the table” for many industries in those regions and for US manufacturers ultimately dealing with OEMs selling in those regions. Certification to ISO 3834 by a US firm was first performed in 2012, when DOT Quality Services became the first U.S. Certification Body to qualify and offer the service. DOT Quality Services is accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for this welding process certification.

ISO 3834 is related in some ways to ISO 9001 "Quality management systems —Requirements," a Quality Systems Standard that is more widely known in the U.S. DOTQS has been accredited to certify to ISO 9001 requirements by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB). DOTQS certifies Premier to ISO 9001 requirements in addition to ISO 3834.

DOT Quality Services develops standards of performance and creates and conducts supplier audit programs. In addition to certification to ISO 9001, ISO 3834, and AWS D1.1 and AWS D1.5 Welding Codes, DOTQS manages auditing programs of structural steel suppliers to bridge programs of several State Departments of Transportation and Agencies. Customer-driven audits to specific contracts, state specifications, and industry codes are conducted by experienced quality professionals with technical and quality system credentials.

Premier Fabrication produces a variety of steel structures and components serving the structural steel and agribusiness sectors. They supply a broad customer base, from local job shops and farms to global manufacturing firms such as Case and Caterpillar. Customer welding process audits from some of these clients are waived now that Premier holds the ISO 3834 certification.

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