Managing a Successful ISO 9001 Transition

Motion Industries is one of the industrial parts distributors certified to the “International Organization for Standardization” (ISO) Quality Management System standard. In 2015, we were presented with the daunting challenge of transitioning Motion Industries’ sixty ISO 9001:2008 registered multinational sites to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. These sites covered four business scopes: sales branches, distribution centers, fluid power shops and hose/rubber shops. In addition to the sites needing recertification, we also had three locations seeking their initial ISO 9001 certification. From the beginning, we knew that the transition would be challenging and that we had our work cut out for us. Throughout this process, we learned many valuable lessons and gained great insight that may be of benefit to others seeking certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Effectively Plan Your Path Forward

Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Our quality team began planning for the transition almost immediately upon hearing the news of the new ISO 9001:2015 standards. Countless hours were spent researching the ISO changes and how these would affect our…


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