Patterns for Investment Casting

ISO 9001:2008

FOPAT Production Inc. Receives ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems Certification/

In March, 2010, the Management Team of FOPAT Production Inc. (FPI), lead by partners Bob Dzugan, President, and Neil Chaudhry, Chief Operating Officer, began implementation of the ISO9001:2008 Quality Management Systems (QMS) standard. FPI is a manufacturer of FOam PATterns and engineered foam products located at 2411 Cross Pointe Drive in Miamisburg, Ohio. This effort was initiated to enhance FPI’s customer base in reaching out to new markets and industries that would increase FOPAT’s growth and presence internationally. As well as, meet FPI’s quality supplier requirements from several ISO registered foundries/customers who have been working with this new advanced pattern material in their investment casting production processes.
The ISO 9001 journey was championed by FOPAT’s Quality Systems Manager, Tim Large. Over a 6-month period, Tim successfully implemented and developed the company’s QMS procedures and processes in preparation for registration and certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. The assessment was completed in December 2010 followed by the certificate of conformity and registration, which was awarded on January 12,2011, from BSi Management Systems.
ISO 9001:2008 is a worldwide recognized standard. It provides a framework of principles to ensure a common sense approach to management effectiveness and efficiency of a company’s everyday business activities.The requirement of ISO 9001:2008 ensures that senior management takes a strategic approach to operational quality objectives and relevant business goals. According to FOPAT’s President, Bob Dzugan, “this process has allowed us to create a more defined business model for the organization. It has provided us a roadmap for measuring our key performance indicators and strategic methods for planning and implementing continuous quality improvement of the company’s day-to-day operations.”
All organizations operate on a series of processes. ISO 9001:2008 utilizes a “process approach” that helps companies’ ̶ like FOPAT Production Inc., focus on integration and alignment of key processes to achieve desired outcomes across all segments of the organization. Quality Systems Manager, Tim Large, says “this approach provides FPI the ability to focus on process interfaces between the functional structure of the organization, which promotes a smooth and transparent flow of operations. As a result, it facilitates consistent performance that provides assurance to our customers about the quality and capability of those processes within the FOPAT organization that allows us to achieve customer satisfaction, and work as one entity.” In all, the process approach not only improves the management of process interfaces, but creates a powerful way of organizing and managing activities to drive value for the customer and other interested parties.
Evidence shows that companies who are certified to ISO 9001:2008 have enhanced operational efficiencies through market share, driving down costs, reducing waste, and managing risk more effectively. As stated byNeil Chaudhry, Chief Operating Officer, “we are pleased to be ISO certified. FOPAT believes in continuous improvement and delivering quality products for our customers. The ISO 9001:2008 certification process now gives us assurance that we have a sound quality system in place to build and grow the FOPAT business. The selection of our registrar – BSi Management Systems, was the right decision to help us along with our quality process. We look forward to building upon this quality certification as one of the cornerstones of our future success.” For these reasons, buyCASTINGS, parent company of FPI, is committed to continual assessment and improvement of its quality systems and plans to continue implementation of the ISO 9001:2008 standard throughout the entire organization within the upcoming year.
FOPAT Production Inc., launched in December 2008, is a spinoff of Inc., which recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary. This integrated-supplier of metal castings and machined parts hasbeen recognized by INC. Magazine for three (3) consecutive years on the INC. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States (US). Together, these two organizations are committed to high standards and success. They provide quality products and added-value services to the Aerospace, Defense, Industrial Gas Turbine, Medical, and other commercial industries through the US and world-wide.
For comments and/or additional information on FOPAT Production Inc. (FPI) quality management system(QMS) program and implementation process to ISO 9001:2008 standard, please feel free to contact Tim Large, Quality Systems Manager, FOPAT Production Inc. by e-mail at or visit us at and