AVK has become the first manufacturer in the gas distribution sector to achieve the international standard ISO/TS 29001:2011 for its entire design-to-delivery, gas valve manufacturing process. Achieved by its Bryan Donkin Valves production facility, this is the highest safety-based standard a manufacturer can achieve in this sector.
ISO/TS 29001 defines the quality management system for product and service supply organisations for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries.
Achieving ISO/TS 29001 has seen AVK conduct a business-wide exercise starting with the design process, procurement and flow analyses at the foundry production stage. It has also had to demonstrate how it has eliminated non-conforming products; installed specific preventative activities; imposed a new testing regime for safety factors; reduced variations and waste. It also means that they continuously verify and validate the exercises it carried out to achieve the standard
As part of the global AVK Group, the Bryan Donkin manufacturing facility already held the ISO9001, ISO 14001, PED certificates and GIS Kitemarks for specific products, but wanted to achieve the highest standard recognised within the gas industry.