Thor Olav Just from QualMarine talks about quality management.

How to build and maintain a good quality management system was on the agenda as several NODE companies met in Kristiansand Wednesday.

“A quality management system provides more control, more satisfied customers and a competitive edge,” says CR Group Project Manager Egil Norman Olsen, who conducts the course on behalf of GCE NODE.

13 people from seven NODE companies met for the second in a series of four meetings to learn how to build a new quality management system, or to prepare for a re-certification of an existing system based on new 2015 ISO standards.

“For some businesses, the ISO certificate may be a requirement for doing business. For others, the certificate can be a good marketing tool, “says Olsen.

Participants were given a theoretical and practical understanding of the purpose, structure and maintenance of a good quality system.

“A quality system demonstrates how a business manages its processes or activities in order to deliver products and services that meet different requirements, such as quality demands, over time. A quality system is not a standardized way of working, but a tailor-made system built specifically for each company,” says Olsen.

This project is funded by Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder counties.

Participants at GCE NODE’s Quality Management System Course (left-right): Ellen Mitchell Olsen (Tore Olsen Produksjon), Hans Erik Bodin (Tore Olsen Produksjon), Mari Mykland (G&T Automasjon), Geir Mykland (G&T Automasjon), Paul Geirmund Kadim (Quality Technical Group), Bjørn Otto Eliassen (Urdal Services), Henrik Bruun-Gundersen (Urdal Services), Egil Norman Olsen (CR Group), Thor Olav Just (QualMarine) Kay Nielsen (Umoe Mandal), Sven Otto Hårstadhaugen (TT Anlegg), Øyvind Ugland (TT Anlegg) and Marianne von Zernichow (Quality Technical Group).