UNI EN ISO 9001:2015
SIRCEM CM S.p.A. adopts methods and operational and organizational instrumentation that is able to optimise company management and realise its activities. The company already follows a Quality Management System (QMS) conforming to the UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 standard and has implemented the transition to the new UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 standard. In particular, the company has fully adopted the Risk based thinking “ philosophy, considering the risk analysis approach fundamental to obtain the expected results and for a successful and dynamic relationship with all interested parties, considering the productive context where SIRCEM CM S.p.A operates.
The company QMS was certified by an accredited certification body that in this way recognised the work completed to reach this important objective.
Furthermore, in view of reaching even more prestigious objectives, SIRCEM CM S.p.A. has integrated its own QMS, updating it to the UNI EN 13980:2004 standard and subsequently to the IEC 80079-34:2012 standard, replacing the previous one, in order to obtain an evaluation in conformity with Directive 94/9/CE, Annex IV, subsequently replaced by the new directive 2014/34/UE, by a notified body, for producing machinery to be used in potentially explosive
Company quality policy is based on the following principles:
Our organisation is strongly focalised on the requirements of individual customers and the pursuit and subsequent maintenance of their satisfaction. For this reason, SIRCEM CM S.p.A. designs and implements “customised” systems for each individual Customer, considering their particular requirements: a principle that we consider fundamental in company design and productive philosophy. In this view, besides reaching the objectives agreed upon during the contractual phase, the progress related to “quality culture” reached by the Company while making the product, meaning with this definition all knowledge and behaviour that allows company personnel to reduce errors, problems, objections and to have a better relationship with the Customer that is placed in this way at the focus of attention of the Company.
We are firmly convinced that our success , which we identify with the capacity of fully satisfying our customers, cannot be derogated from the involvement and motivation of our personnel, at all levels. Indeed, each sector of SIRCEM CM S.p.A. is greatly involved and motivated to reach the established objectives, in an environment where all persons are qualified and capable of conducting the processes that have been assigned to them, deeply involved in their work and in searching constant improvements and the supervisors for each area are constantly oriented to aligning organisation objectives with the personal ones of each collaborator.
Each sector of our activity is managed as a process, by planning the activities to be carried out and the controls to be completed and acting where shortages or potential critical points are highlighted, according to the “Plan Do Check Act” logic; the approach for processes is also carried out in a “systemic” manner, leading to a close interaction between all of their company processes, with the conviction that the processes are interconnected in a way that the results of a process correspond to the infeed requirements of other downstream processes and that each component of the entire system influences the total result of the performance.
We pursue continual improvement of our performance, achieving a virtuous loop with the purpose of improving effectiveness and efficiency of the system, also thanks to continual interaction with our suppliers which are accurately and strictly selected from the best that is currently present in the mechanical construction sector for agricultural and food systems.
Our objectives therefore include continuous improvement of market image and reputation, stakeholders satisfaction (customer, dependents, suppliers), Customer support through dedicated communication channels and not least, reaching the high standards for health and safety in work environments and environmental impacts resulting from our activities.
Finally, we intend to give maximum diffusion and publicity to our Quality Policy in order to make our commitment to pursuing the achievement of a company that is greatly focalised on its customers and therefore it makes customer satisfaction the fundamental and differentiating factor in a market that is so greatly competitive.
Scafati (SA), May 3rd 2018
The accreditation is a confirmation of operating capacity of a person with recognised authority, released by someone carrying out a role in a specific context. In general, the subject operating in a field where competence, independence, honesty, organizational capacity, respecting high standards are necessary, is considered “custodian” of the quality of supplied performance. In this context, the term accreditation takes on a literal meaning: attribute or attest credibility of the one declaring conformity to a standard, whether it is related to quality, the environment, hygiene or safety.
The “Certification Bodies” attesting that an organisation conforms to the requirements established by specific standards therefore require a subject with recognised authority that accredits them. The ancient adagio of the Latin poet Giovenale: «quis custodiet ipsos custodes?» («who will supervise the same supervisors?») can be translated in this domain in the following manner: «who ensures that final users of services that are considered so important that the same subjects providing these services are “reliable”?» In Italy the “subject with recognised authority” is ACCREDIA.
ACCREDIA is the only national accreditation Body recognised by the State the 22nd of December 2009, born out of the merger between SINAL, SIT and SINCERT, as a Non profit association.
The voluntary accreditation system has been carried out by three distinct bodies since 2009: SINCERT (product, system and personnel certifications), SINAL (test labs) and SIT (calibration service). As a result of the implementation of the European Regulation 765/2008, which from January 1st 2010 is applied for accreditation and market vigilance in all EU Countries, the Italian State identified ACCREDIA as the only body foreseen by the Regulation, determining its requirements at the same time. ACCREDIA is a non-profit association whose shareholders are Ministries, great national administrators, business and professional organisations and other interested parties.
Every European Country has its own Accreditation Body. The National Body is responsible for accreditation in conformity to international standards of the ISO 17000 series and guides and the harmonised series of the EN 45000 European standards. All Bodies operate as non-profits.
ACCREDIA evaluates technical competence and professional suitability of conformity evaluation operators (Laboratories and Certification Bodies), ensuring conformity to mandatory rules and voluntary standards, in order to ensure the value and credibility of certifications.
The accreditation guarantees that certifications (for system,product and personnel) containing the ACCREDIA brand are released respecting the most stringent international requirements in terms of conformity evaluation, and behind a rigorous surveillance activity over the behaviour of supervising operators (Laboratories and Certification Bodies).
Ultimately, the accreditation is a service carried out as a public interest service so that users and final consumers can trust it, up to the last link in the production and distribution chain, of the quality and safety of goods and services circulating within a market that is ever more globalised.
However, system certification ensures the capacity of an organisation (producing goods or supplying services) to become structured and manage its own resources and its own production processes in order to recognise and satisfy the needs of customers, committing to continuous improvement. It is a type of indirect insurance and is about quality management systems (ISO 9001 standard), environmental (ISO 14001), work health and safety (OHSAS 18001), information safety (ISO 27001), food safety (ISO 22000).
The accreditation can be correctly defined as an independent conformity evaluation of certification, inspection and test laboratory organisms to recognised standards, in order to ensure their partiality and competence. Through its implementation, governments, purchasers and consumers can be confident in the correctness of:
- audit reports
- calibration and testing results
foreseen by reference standards.
Accreditation bodies are instituted in many countries, with the main purpose of guaranteeing that the conformity of evaluation bodies are subject to the supervision of a recognised body.
The accreditation bodies of different countries have signed mutual recognition agreements to make sure that operation of evaluation bodies operating in the respective countries can be automatically accepted by all other signatories in order to promote the approval of products and services beyond national boundaries by eliminating technical and geographical obstacles.
These agreements are managed at the European level by EA (European Accreditation forum) an at an international level by IAF (International Accreditation Forum) in the sector for management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programs for conformity evaluation and, always at the international level, by ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) in terms of accreditation for laboratories and control organisms
At a European level, the European Community Regulation n. 765/CE/2008 regarding standards for accreditation and market vigilance for commercialisation of products, defining accreditation in the following manner: «Certification on the part of a national accreditation organism which certifies that a specific conformity evaluation body satisfies criteria established by harmonised standards and, where appropriate, any other supplemental requirement, including those defined in the relevant sector programs, in order to carry out specific conformity evaluation activities».
Customers require ever increasing safety and quality of the products they use, of the environment they live in, reliability of sanitary services, etc., it is also important for companies and regulatory authorities to be confident in the integrity and quality of services supplied by test laboratories and certification bodies.
With this in mind, the accreditation system, whether it is voluntary or mandatory, is recognised as an adjustment and protection instrument of public interest for freely circulating goods and services within the European Community.
The European Commission has chosen EA as the official European accreditation infrastructure. This was formalised on April 1st 2009 at Bruxelles, when the guidelines for cooperation between European Commission (EC), the European Free Trade Association – EFTA), EA and national competent authorities was signed. These guide lines define the principles and objectives for cooperation between EA, EC, EFTA and competent national authorities, and provide criteria for effective and quick implementation of the reinforced role of EA.
The nomination of EA as the official European accreditation infrastructure follows the adoption of (EC) regulation n. 765/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council of July 9th 2008, that has therefore instituted a reference legal framework for accreditation in the EU. This regulation has been in force since January 1st 2010.
What is ATEX?
The ATEX regulation is a European directive that requires all employers to check risks related to the explosion a certain atmospheres. For this reason it is necessary to evaluate the risk of explosion within a company in order to locate all areas where explosive atmospheres may form and therefore means to avoid explosions.
How to choose a material suitable for an environment where there is a risk of explosion?
ATEX environments are divided into three areas:
- zone 0, 1 or 2 for gasses
- zone 20, 21 or 22 for dusts
There are two major groups of materials:
- «Group I» : specific case of mines (more restrictive)
- «Group II»: all surface industries
As far as «group II» (surface industries,the one that is of interest to us): for every ATEX area classification there is a specific connected category of equipment:
ATEX classification of equipment to be used
(regarding group II related to surface industries)
ZonE 20 (dusts)
VERY HIGH PROTECTION LEVEL
The explosive mixture is permanently present or present for long periods
Zone 21 (dusts)
HIGH PROTECTION LEVEL
It is probable that an explosive mixture forms during normal activities.
Zone 22 (dusts)
NORMAL PROTECTION LEVEL
It is not probable that an explosive mixture forms and, if it occurs, it will not last long
Under what conditions will an explosion occur?
There is a risk of explosion when there are various elements present:
- a combustive agent: the oxygen in the air for example,
- a fuel:
- gasses or vapour:hydrocarbon, solvents, paints, thinners, petrol, alcohol, colourants, perfumes,chemical products, agents for manufacturing plastic materials, etc.
- dusts: magnesium, aluminium, sulphur, cellulose, cereals, coal, wood, milk, resins, sugar, starch, polystyrene, fertiliser, etc.
- flammability point or a source of ignition.
For example when filling silos with grain, the dust concentration is very high. The atmosphere therefore become dangerous: a temperature increase or a simple spark may cause an explosion.
When a risk of explosion is identified in an environment (gas or dusts), it becomes connected to a safety requirement that mandates the use of specific devices so called «explosion proof». These devices guarantee various types of protection finalised at avoiding the risk of explosion.
Classes and ignition temperatures of a dust cloud
What is the meaning of the marking?
All equipment designed for use in areas at risk for explosion display a specific marking placed on the product. This marking contains all instructions necessary to determine the possible areas of use.
CE xxxx II 1/3 D cb T135°
- CE: the material complies with the corresponding European standards
- xxxx: nidentification number of the recognised entity, when it intervenes in the production control phase.
- : authorised use in explosive atmosphere.
- II:equipment group (I = mines, II = surface industries).
- 1/3: equipment category (1 = permanent risk (Zone 0 and 20), 2 = frequent risk (Zone 1 and 21), 3 = occasional risk (Zone 2 and 22))
- cb: type of fuel
- T135°: class of temperature corresponding to a surface temperature.
When a risk of explosion is identified in an environment (gas or dusts), it becomes connected to a safety requirement that mandates the use of specific devices so called «explosion proof». These devices guarantee various types of protection finalised at avoiding the risk of explosion