As a part of our continuous commitment to excellence in manufacturing, G.E. Mathis Company earned the ISO 9001:2015 certification. The updated certification, which replaces ISO 9001:2008, aims to improve and clarify quality assurance methods by providing new standards for a more interconnected world.
Notable changes to the certification include:
- Greater emphasis on company leadership and understanding individual organizations, rather than a “one-size-fits-all” approach
- Acknowledgment of increasingly complex organizational structures
- Alignment of standards across multiple management systems
- Expanded and better-structured approaches to organizational risks and opportunities
- More user-friendly service to improve customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty
A 10-clause structure for all Management System Standards (MSS), also known as the High-Level Structure (HLS), outlines specific guidelines for the implementation of these new considerations. The ten core clauses are as follows:
- 1. Scope
- 2. Normative references
- 3. Terms and conditions
- 4. Context of organization
- 5. Leadership
- 6. Planning
- 7. Support
- 8. Operation
- 9. Performance evaluation
- 10. Improvement
New Standards for a Changing Workplace
The revised certificate moves away from a focus on simple supply chains to instead follow higher-level structures, allowing users of several different systems to easily integrate the new standards into each of their processes while promoting — and benefiting from — increased industry globalization.
ISO 9001:2015 also places emphasis on risk-based thinking; earning ISO certification now requires organizations to measure, analyze, and evaluate the risks and opportunities of every manufacturing process in order to identify and limit potential hazards.
Making G.E. Mathis Company Even More Reliable
Obtaining ISO certification was a long, challenging process, but it serves as proof of quality throughout every step of our manufacturing processes. With this documentation, we can assure customers that our internal workings are consistent, cost effective, and risk appropriate. Furthermore, it reflects our commitment to compliance with applicable industry standards and government regulations.
Throughout our more than 100-year history, G.E. Mathis Company has been dedicated to upholding integrity and craftsmanship in the metal fabrication industry. Our ISO 9001:2015 certificate is the next step in ensuring we continue to offer exceptional precision laser cutting services and top-quality custom-formed products.
Specifically designed for use in harsh, demanding applications, Hardox Wear Plate provides an unmatched combination of hardness and toughness, allowing for extended service life and cost savings. This unique material is used across a wide range of industries to provide optimal reliability and wear resistance.
Why Is Hardox So Tough?
Hardox, also known simply as wear plate, is a wear-resistant sheet steel developed by the Swedish company SSAB in 1974. This steel wears slowly, allowing the equipment used in abrasive applications and aggressive-wear environments to last longer, thereby reducing maintenance needs and costs.
Hardox offers a unique combination of hardness, strength, and toughness. The material’s high strength enables thinner metal sheets to be used, meaning products can be made to be simpler and lighter while still carrying high payloads. Hardox Wear Plate also has good impact resistance, even at low temperatures.
Hardox sheets and plates provide ideal welding and machining properties, simplifying production and repair work. To provide this excellent weldability, Hardox Wear Plate steel is manufactured to have a highly accurate chemical composition. Advanced hardening and post-treatment processes also help imbue it with its unique properties. The combination of high payloads, low maintenance costs, good availability, and long service life allows for overall cost savings while ensuring optimal reliability.
Finally, Hardox’s superior wear performance, crack safety, and deformation resistance provide defense against wear, dents, and cracks. To evaluate these properties, Hardox and ordinary high strength structural plates have been compared through comprehensive drop tests; in one test, weights varied between 330 and 1,800 pounds and were dropped from heights of up to 10 feet. The Hardox steel plate showed only moderate deformation, while the structural steel alternative couldn’t withstand the impact.
Advantages of Hardox
Extremely versatile, Hardox provides critical benefits for various industries. Below are some of the key features discussed above.
- Superior hardness — Offering excellent wear resistance, Hardox features all-around hardness that doesn’t impact structural performance.
- Excellent toughness — Hardox is able to resist cracks if subjected to deformation and can withstand heavy blows, allowing it to be easily bent, formed, and welded. Combined with its high yield strength, this durability also allows for the creation of lightweight designs.
- Consistency — Hardox retains its properties and strength even in severe, harsh conditions — and also during precision bending and forming, as well as precision welding and MIG welding — allowing for predictable, reliable results.
- Long service life — Hardox can double, or even triple, equipment wear plate service life, optimizing performance while minimizing the risk of damage.
Common Hardox Applications
Hardox’s unique properties make it well suited to a wide range of industries and applications, such as:
- Construction and demolition — Hardox can be used in various types of construction equipment, from evacuators and demolition tools to fragmentizers, all of which require high reliability and longevity to withstand heavy use and ensure worker safety.
- Mining — In this safety-critical industry, worker’s equipment — such as mining trucks — must be able to stand up to harsh conditions while maintaining a long lifespan; Hardox provides this reliability, cutting down on repair costs and delays.
- Military — Hardox Wear Plate provides the protective strength and reliability required in the military industry and is commonly used in the manufacture of armored vehicles.
Strenx (Domex): High Performance, High Strength Steel
What Is Strenx?
Strenx is a high strength, hot-rolled steel sheet also offered by SSAB; the steel is low-alloy and cold-formed. Previously called Domex, this unique material has been rebranded as Strenx.
The Advantages of Strenx
Extremely versatile, Strenx provides critical advantages for various industries. Some of its unique qualities and benefits include:
- Excellent versatility — This steel has excellent formability and good weldability, meaning it can undergo various manufacturing processes.
- Reduced production costs — Strenx allows for the manufacture of stronger, higher-quality products that require less steel and welding. This also allows for a lighter-weight product less susceptible to damage, saving money on repair and replacement costs in the long run.
Common Strenx (Domex) Applications
The unique properties of Strenx make it well-suited to a wide range of industries and applications, such as:
- Automotive — Designers like to keep structural weight low but strength-handling levels high. With Strenx, products made can be simpler and lighter while still carrying higher payloads.
- Construction and demolition — Strenx can be used in cranes and booms, both of which require high reliability and longevity to withstand heavy use and ensure optimal worker safety.
For over a century, G.E. Mathis Company has been providing top-quality metal fabrication services, from CNC plasma cutting and CNC punching to plate rolling and welding. Through our partnership with SSAB, we’re proud to offer Hardox fabrication services; we supply Hardox in both sheet and plate form and will work with you to meet your specific project needs.
To learn more about the uses and unique properties of Hardox — which is ideal for a wide range of fabrication methods, including welding, cutting, bending, and bending — download our free eBook, “Fabricating Tougher Components with Hardox® Wearparts.”