In the late 1980s and early 1990s the rapid growth of CHEMET, resulting from the start-up of the LPG tanks series production for Western European countries and the increasing number of export contracts signed with foreign corporations and engineering companies, revealed that implementation and certification of complex quality assurance systems was inevitable and substantial for further market activity.
In 1992 in order to adjust to the requirements of foreign customers the Executive Board of CHEMET managed to design, implement and certify the quality assurance system in accordance with the ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) rules. The ASME system bases on globally accepted quality codes of the American organization and comprises the designing and manufacture of pressure vessels according to Section VIII Division I (e.g. process vessels, heat exchangers, outer vacuum furnace bodies) – the termination of a proper manufacture process is confirmed by stamping the U-letter (ASME U-STAMP) on a vessel’s name plate. Because of its strictly technical character the ASME system focuses mainly on design and manufacture aspects of quality assurance. It does not interfere with company’s organizational scheme or formal procedures regarding the execution of commercial contracts.
Having considered the growing quality requirements due to the intensified competition on the process equipment market, CHEMET, in 1995, decided to start the process of designing, implementation and certification of the Company’s Quality Assurance System with accordance to ISO 9001:1994, which was planned to comprise the processes of designing and manufacturing of all CHEMET products and services.
Successful implementation of the System was completed with the final audit, performed in October 1997 by the representatives of Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd. As a consequence of this audit CHEMET received the Quality Assurance System Certificate and the Company accomplished the first stage the Quality Assurance Policy. The main objective of the Policy was determined as the certification according to the EU standards before the accession of Poland on May 1st, 2004.
The second stage began in 2002 and provided the recertification of the Quality Assurance System in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 standards (process management). The recertification procedure is scheduled to be terminated in July 2003.