WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., Aug. 18, 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigation Systems Division (NSD) has achieved the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001/AS9100 re-certification, demonstrating that its quality management system (QMS) meets rigorous international requirements.
The division's sites in Woodland Hills, Calif., Salt Lake City, and Norfolk, Va., achieved the re-certification by planning, developing, documenting, implementing and auditing its QMS, followed by an independent audit of the system by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a global provider of accredited management system certification. DNV's third party audit reviewed aspects of the Northrop Grumman QMS relating to the ISO 9001/AS9100 standard. Navigation Systems Division's German subsidiary, Northrop Grumman LITEF, successfully completed the ISO 9001/AS9100 certification in November 2007. Its Italian subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Italia, completed certification in September 2008. The division site in London, England was ISO 9001:2000 certified in May 2006.
This re-certification audit assessed all clauses in the ISO 9001/AS9100 standard. The AS and ISO standards define internationally recognized quality management systems. To be certified, a company element must implement a quality management system encompassing the enterprise's activities, including management responsibility; resource management; product realization; and measurement, analysis and improvement. DNV documented no major nonconformities with respect to the requirements of the ISO 9001/AS9100 standards.
"This re-certification forms a new baseline from which we apply Lean and Six-Sigma methodologies to measure our efficiency and improve our quality management system," said Jim Myers, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division. "It reflects our ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and excellence and aids in providing value to our internal and external customers."
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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