Selective electroplating company SIFCO ASC (Independence, Ohio, USA) was recently awarded its ISO 14001:2015 certificate, demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability.
As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 14001:2015 addresses various aspects of environmental management and recognizes companies that identify and control their environmental effect across a variety of areas. SIFCO ASC completed its Phase 1 Audit with Smither’s Quality Management, showcasing how it follows the standard’s framework to encompass entire lifecycle of products, rather than just production.
SIFCO ASC met the strict criteria of the standard by taking measures to reduce energy consumption at its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. According to the company, savings have been generated by reductions in electrical usage by switching to LED [light emitting diode] lights, reducing the amount of hazardous waste produced, and actively monitoring bottle usage and the amount of paper used at the office.
“Voluntarily maintaining a quality and environmental management system to ISO standards helps us understand how we can minimize our impact the environment, comply with government regulations, continuously improve, and crucially, be as sustainable as possible,” says Darrin Radatz, environmental health and safety manager.
“An audit conducted 18 months ago of our environmental management system revealed that we had already made several positive changes, such as using low energy LED lighting, reducing compressed air use, recycling plastic and cardboard, reusing packaging, and ensuring that all electrical equipment is turned off when it is not being utilized,” he adds. “Since that audit, we have made additional changes to the way we operate, which has led to SIFCO ASC being awarded the ISO 14001:2015 standard for environmental management.”
A Quaker Houghton company, SIFCO ASC provides practical, cost-effective selective electroplating solutions to improve part performance and reduce manufacturing costs through corrosion protection, increased wear resistance, increased hardness, improved conductivity, anti-galling, and more.
Working in sectors such as aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, general industry, and marine, SIFCO ASC’s contract services, chemical solutions, and equipment have been utilized for over 50 years on both OEM [original equipment manufacturer] components and on parts requiring refurbishment.
Source: SIFCO ASC, www.sifcoasc.com.