, a global leader in the field of selective electroplating, has recently been awarded an internationally recognised ISO 14001:2015 certificate, demonstrating its commitment to environmental sustainability.
The standard addresses various aspects of environmental management and recognises 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, which encompasses the products’ entire lifecycle, rather than just its production.
SIFCO ASC met the strict criteria of ISO 14001:2015 by taking measures to reduce energy consumption at its US headquarters in Ohio. Savings have been generated by reductions in electrical usage by switching to LED lights, reducing the amount of hazardous waste produced, actively monitoring bottle usage, as well the amount of paper used throughout the office.
Darrin Radatz, SIFCO ASC environmental health and safety manager, said: “Voluntarily maintaining a Quality and Environmental Management System to ISO standards helps us understand how we can minimise our impact on the environment, comply with government regulations, continuously improve and crucially, be as sustainable as possible.
“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 utilised.
“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.”Corrosion protection
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 a variety of sectors including aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, general industry and marine, SIFCO ASC’s contract services, chemical solutions and equipment has been utilised for over 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment.
Mr Radatz continued: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our efforts and it is testament to our commitment to improving the efficiency of our operations and the wider focus on our environmental credentials.”
He concluded: “As part of our continuous improvement program and dedication to environmental management, our aim is to further reduce our energy consumption, plastic use, and hazardous waste generated from our chemical processes.”