Smith & Associates Gains ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation
New accreditation confirms the quality of the processes and inspectors in Smith’s industry-leading laboratory facilities
(HOUSTON, TEXAS) October 8, 2012 - Smith & Associates, the industry leader in global electronics distribution, today announces its global headquarters’ accreditation under the ISO/IEC 17025 quality standard. This standard specifies general, cross-industry requirements for testing and calibration competency and is used by laboratories in developing their management systems for quality, administrative, and technical operations.
“This accreditation reflects, for both our customers and the end-user, that we are continually focused on quality and on providing only the best product,” said Chris Dang, Smith’s Director of Global Quality Control. “The ISO/IEC 17025 verifies that we have processes in place in our laboratories that ensure correctness and reliability of testing and that our inspectors are skilled and competent to make full use of our quality facilities.”
Smith’s quality resources provide the strong foundation for SmithSecure, Smith’s framework for ensuring that customers receive top quality products and services while vigilantly combating anti-counterfeiting , identifying substandard and counterfeit parts, and removing these from the supply chain.
“The heart of our global quality program lies in our industry-leading testing labs and procedures,” said Kirk Wehby, Smith’s Vice President of Global Operations. “This accreditation recognizes the management and organization of our quality and technical operations and our competence to provide expert testing. Our laboratory's accuracy, reliability, and repeatability in testing provide our customers consistent quality. This accreditation affirms Smith's commitment to quality and toward continuous quality improvement.”
About Smith & Associates
Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.
A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $500 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Denver, and Penang. For more information, see http://www.smithweb.com/ or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.
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