ECS Press Release
Press Release
Contact: ECS Marketing
For Immediate Release

ECS taking steps to becoming ISO Certified

March 1, 2019

[GRANTS PASS, OR] – ECS has committed itself to receiving ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification sometime in the fall of 2019, according to Quality Director, Sergio Lopez.

ECS has been compliant to MIL-I-45208 and had been in the process of adapting ISO 9001-2008 when the 2015 version came out. ECS then shifted the focus to the latest ISO 9001 version in an added commitment to certify to the latest requirements and is now well on the road to certification with internal processes being improved to meet the updated requirements.

"Currently many ISO elements are already in place. Fine tuning of our current system is underway and existing internal functions and processes are being updated to meet ISO requirements," Lopez said. "All personnel are taking part to support ISO certification activities and ECS has selected and engaged a certification registrar and has committed to a certification audit date. The best thing is that executive management has been on board from conception and embraced the ISO philosophies."

ECS is adopting a quality management system in a strategic decision that has improved its overall performance providing a sound basis of development. Employment of the “process approach” to incorporate a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” (PDCA) cycle with risk based thinking.

The advantages of adopting the ISO fundamentals include:

  • The better process flow can also be used to drive efficiencies toward fewer errors and resulting reworks, which can improve cost savings.
  • More business and revenue from new customers
  • Improving the company and its products
  • Increasing customer satisfaction
  • Describing, communicating and understanding our company processes
  • Developing a professional culture and better employee moral
  • Improve consistency of company operations
  • Improve efficiency, reduce waste and save money
  • Achieve international quality recognition
  • When a company is looking for a supplier, it is often a requirement to have a quality management system based on ISO 9001-2015 in order to be considered.

While ECS has been compliant for several years, ISO-9001 has became a bigger force in the quality world. It was decided by CEO Ted Bennett that ECS should take a harder look at becoming certified.

"ECS’s journey into the ISO 9000 world began several years ago, at the request of a major customer," Bennett said. "At the time ECS was fully incorporated and operated to the Mil-Standard series for quality requirements. We took a wait and see approach to ISO because of the high cost of certification and most of our customers were still operating to Mil Standard. The first real ISO test came when one of our major customers required that ECS be ISO compliant in order for us to do business with them. (Current VP of Product Management) Mike Van Cleave was the quality manager at the time and Mike was able to structure an ISO program together in order for ECS to pass customer audit requirements in order to achieve ISO Compliance."

Bennett added:

"Sergio is heading up a management team to continue the quest to certify our company. We hope to have a meaningful program in place and achieve our goal by the end of the year. With each and every one of us cooperating with the management team and staying on task, we will reach that goal. With the implementation of ISO into our culture, many process improvements will take place throughout all departments and the transformation of employee mindsets and understanding to higher levels while maintaining ECS in the leadership role in our industry."

ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO members) that outlines the requirements an organization must maintain in its quality system for certification to ISO 9001. ISO fundamentals mean an adoption of the philosophies which are rooted to customer satisfaction and compliance to requirements.

ECS, located in Southern Oregon, is a manufacturing company that has been family owned and operated for three generations. The company specializes in advanced custom packaging solutions primarily for military, aerospace, tactical, outdoor and emergency response applications.

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About ECS

ECS offers a full line of factory direct shipping products as well as the most advanced custom packaging solutions available today. Commercial-off-the-shelf products include rackmount enclosures, medical cases, weapons solutions, shipping, storage, drawer, and footlocker cases available on demand. Military rackmount cases were invented by ECS in 1969, and ECS has continued to set the bar for rackmount usability, compact design, and high performance.

Loadmaster™ Rackmount Cases now stack with every previous rackmount model and all Loadmaster™ Shipping Cases. Loadmaster™ rotationally molded shipping cases are completely modular in all dimensions. Cases of different sizes securely stack and interlock together for maximum stacking efficiency. Loadmaster™ cases are ideal for use on 463L military pallets.

ECS manufactures all of its tooling, molds and cushions for all the cases it builds. Family owned and proudly made in America. ECS was founded in 1954 and introduced its military composite shipping cases in 1961. These unique pressure molded, fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) transit case products destined ECS to become a dominant military case supplier. At ECS, innovation continues.