Engineered Components Inc. manufactures push/pull and brake cables for the high-end industrial vehicles market. The markets supported are very diverse and range from medical equipment to casino furniture manufactures. Part of the company’s value comes from providing application engineering of gas controlled springs and dampeners.
For over 35 years Engineered Components has been a highly respected supplier in its field. Although ISO 9001 certified, in order to remain competitive and retain its clients, the company needed to become certified in ISO14001. The company’s prime customers are European owned and were requiring its vendors to have this additional certification. By obtaining this additional certification, Engineered Components would be positioned to retain its customers and would be able to avert layoffs and potentially create jobs, especially if its competitors did not comply with these new requirements. In that case, ISO 14001 could open new doors for Engineered Components.
In addition to being able to work with companies that require this certification, ISO 14001 contributes to waste reduction. Both improve the company’s competitive situation. Engineered Components expected to realize increased production and gross sales.
Engineered Components turned to NJMEP to: assist with the implementation with ISO: 2004 registration, provide a process for environmental aspect/impact identification and determination of significance to the company and, create additional level 2 documentation required to support registration to ISO 14001.
ISO 14001 requires employees to be skilled in environmental systems and documentation. To reach certification, Engineered Components needed to train both administrative and shop employees in these areas, as they needed to follow universally accepted standards.
Working with Prism eSolutions, an NJMEP resource, Engineered Components trained its employees. NJMEP assisted the company secure a NJDOL Workforce Customized Training grant that helped to reduce its expenditure on training costs.
Engineered Components’ Vice President, Kevin McBrearty reported, “The project resulted in our achieving ISO 14001 registration ahead of schedule and using fewer training days than initially anticipated. The reduction resulted in a cost savings of $4,800 for the state and a savings for the company.”
The training provided by NJMEP facilitated the upgrading of Engineered Components ISO 9001 to encompass the ISO 14001 environmental standard. “NJMEP helped us achieve the objective in half the required time. Their facilitation methods helped us with this implementation much more then we had anticipated,” added McBrearty.
Based on NIST survey results, Engineered Components reported $50,000 in increased sales, retained four employees and $32,000 that would have been lost without the upgraded certification. They also realized a cost savings of $6,000 through the new processes.