What Is an ISO Certification?
To ensure quality, consistency, and best-of-breed practices in businesses around the world, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides certifications across industries that ensure standards of quality. It’s important to note that the ISO is not a governmental agency nor an industry specific agency, but an independent agency that operates internationally and provides over 163 national standards bodies.
ISO certifications act as proof that businesses are capable of delivering consistent quality and superior services to customers. For customers, this certification can be an important influencing factor in their choice of business, as each certification ensures a specific set of qualities.
Why is an ISO Certification Important for Customers?
Choosing the right partner or vendor can be tough. Not only do products vary business-to-business, but practices and critical operations can be wildly different depending on which company you choose. For customers, this process is simplified by ISO certification. Not only do you know that you’re choosing a business that has the practices in place to capture certification, but each business that is ISO-certified has standardized quality-control that’s clearly visible.
This operational visibility provides clear proof that businesses have the tools necessary to ensure consistency, quality, and safety. Depending on the certification, these operations can also include customer-centric best practices and product superiority. Customers can also be sure that any business that’s certified has made a commitment to continuous improvement and has established themselves as trade-capable for the many industries that require certification.
Why Should Procurement Managers Work With an ISO-Certified Supplier Like Bergsen?
Here at Bergsen, we are ISO-9001:2015 certified. ISO-9001 certification is a Quality Management System (QMS) designed to ensure that businesses have the procedures, practices, and policies in place to deliver exceptional and continuous customer service and value.
Capturing this certification was mission-critical for us and our vision for the future. We have quality control and optimized customer services baked into our business model, and we guarantee both high-quality products and best-in-class customer service to all of our customers. We know that finding a metals company can be a painstaking process for our customers, and we want to make it clear that we have the tools and products that can help them achieve their goals and meet their needs.
Why ISO Matters
Choosing a business shouldn’t be hinged on guesses and first-glances. Our company has the certifications (ISO:9001, AMS, ASTM, ASME) that prove our excellence across business channels. These certifications demonstrate our aptitude and service capabilities while giving our customers visibility into our procedures.
Don’t settle for second-best. We have the certifications, experience, and product quality to help you complete your next project. If you’re looking for a partner that’s committed to best-of-breed customers service and overall excellence, please contact us.
At Bergsen, we understand the importance of efficiency. We not only sell a variety of carbon steels, stainless steels, and aircraft alloys, but we also offer additional services to make the production process simpler for our customers. For many orders, we can provide one-stop services that help our customers to save significant time and money while ensuring that their materials are handled only by a vendor they can trust.
Services such as custom cuts and fabrications of materials can help clients to reduce lead times and cut out additional spending on secondary vendors and service providers. We’re here to ensure that our clients can receive a full-service solution that meets every one of their business needs.
Services We Offer
Finding a partner that delivers end-to-end service can drastically reduce production times, while bundling services can help you trim your budget through reduced transportation costs. We offer the following secondary services to help our clients reduce touches and expedite orders:
- Same-day shipment
- Blind shipments
- Saw cutting (same-day upon request)
- Production cutting
- Laser cutting
- Blind shipments
- Packing for UPS/FedEx
- Common carrier scheduling
- Local deliveries
- Centerless grinding
- Double disc grinding
- Lathe turning
- Heat treating
- Zinc plating
- Ultrasonic testing
- Lab testing
- Eddy current testing
- Other services available by request
Why Do We Offer Additional Services?
To keep pace in the industry and ensure that we live up to our client-centric standards, we feel compelled to offer a truly inclusive service. We want to put as little pressure as possible on our customers as these changes take effect, whether that means providing difficult-to-find materials or sizes, or providing additional services that help to streamline the metal sourcing process. Each of our value-added services is backed by our incredible in-house, ISO-certified quality control standards.
Understanding client needs and developing deep, meaningful partnerships with each of our customers is mission-critical for our business. Each of our services is provided to help you meet the stringent needs of your operation and foster trust in us as your metal supplier.
These secondary services are crucial towards our ongoing value proposition of delivering the single-best customer experience coupled with an incredible range of first-class products.
For an in-depth look at all of the incredible services that we offer, as well as all of our materials and size ranges, download our brochure. Please contact us for more information on our products or with any questions about our secondary support services.
Proper Material Selection for Oil & Gas Industry Parts and Equipment
For the oil and gas industries, metal materials make up more than 60% of expenses and can be found in nearly every step of the value chain. Choosing the right material for each application is of the utmost importance, as this will save your business significant money and time. Proper material selection is crucial to ensuring an ideal service life and maintenance requirements for your equipment.
Materials Ideal for the Oil and Gas Industry
Carbon steel and stainless steel are the two most common metal materials used in the oil and gas industry, and for good reason. They are strong, can handle high heat, and are resistant to corrosion.
Iron steel contains less than 2% carbon content. A small portion of iron steel will also be made up of sulfur, silicon, phosphorus, and manganese. Carbon steel is the most commonly produced steel material and well known for its high strength properties. It is also very unlikely to need replacement from regular wear and tear. While all carbon steel is susceptible to corrosion, coatings and chemicals can be added to mitigate this risk.
Stainless steel is a type of iron steel possessing no less than 10.5% chromium, which makes up what is known as a passive layer. This layer protects the steel from the harmful effects of corrosion. Often, metals such as molybdenum and nickel are included to add increased corrosion resistance.
Duplex stainless steel provides a price-stable option for many applications as it is made up of very little chrome and nickel, which fluctuate greatly in price. Instead, duplex stainless steel is available in ferritic and austenitic varieties. It is also highly resistant to corrosion and stress cracking, and features good strength properties.
Material Qualities Needed for Oil & Gas
Oil and gas applications usually require equipment that will withstand high temperatures and pressures during normal operation. This equipment must be fabricated from materials that are versatile enough to adapt to the fluctuating demands of oil and gas environments. Most importantly, all equipment must be resistant to corrosion to ensure long service life with minimal maintenance.
Applications and Equipment
At Bergsen, we fabricate a wide range of carbon steel and stainless steel parts and components used in the oil and gas industry in many applications and for many different types of equipment. These include:
- Heat exchangers
- Oil country tubular goods (OCTG)
- Process equipment
- Storage tanks and pressure vessels
- Structural components
By their nature, oil and gas operations put enormous stress on equipment, which can eventually lead to wear. Appropriate material selection can mitigate many of the risks and long-term effects posed by these environments. Please contact us today to request a quote or more information on our products and services for the oil and gas sector.