Headwall Photonics Successfully Recertifies to ISO 9001:2008

Strong worldwide demand key to Headwall’s process-driven approach

Fitchburg, MA – February 14, 2012: Headwall Photonics, a leading supplier of high performance integrated spectrometer systems for spectral imaging and chemical sensing applications, announced that it has successfully completed ISO recertification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. Originally certified to this standard in March 2009, Headwall is one of very companies of its size to earn the certification. NQA, one of the largest and most respected ISO registrars in the world, managed the recertification process for Headwall.


As a worldwide supplier of high-performance imaging systems and analytical instrumentation to end users and OEMs, Headwall continuously manages the implementation of quality standards and work procedures. “Our customers deploy Headwall technology in a wide range of mission-critical application areas,” said Larry Barstow, Headwall’s Chief Operating Officer. “Producing instruments that exceed customer expectations and meet exacting tolerances requires a set of rigorous quality processes. Our successful recertification demonstrates the effectiveness of our quality management methods.”

Given the high-growth environment of Headwall Photonics’ business and technology, there is a requirement to support the business with practices and procedures that reflect the criticality of the application environments served. According to Arlen Chapman, Quality Systems Director of NQA, “Achieving ISO re-certification under the ISO 9001:2008 standard represents a significant achievement and highlights Headwall’s long-standing commitment as a quality-focused organization.” With the perspective of NQA’s presence of more than 22,000 certificates in 53 countries, Mr. Chapman noted that the ISO 9001:2008 standard is more rigorous and demanding than previous standards. “Headwall, as a venture-backed technology manufacturer, is certainly a leader in the implementation of quality standards with work procedures and systems comparable to those typically seen in much larger organizations.”

ABOUT HEADWALL PHOTONICS                                                                                   

Headwall Photonics is the leading designer and manufacturer of imaging spectrometers and spectral instrumentation for industrial, commercial, and government markets. Headwall’s high performance spectrometers, spectral engines, and holographic diffraction gratings have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. As a pioneer in the development of innovative spectrographs and imaging spectrometers based on optical technologies, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of patented spectral instrumentation that is customized for application-specific performance. Headwall Photonics is ISO 9001:2008 certified and was formed in 2003 as the result of a management buy-out from Agilent Technologies.

ABOUT NQA                                                                                                                        

National Quality Assurance, USA, Inc. (NQA, USA) is a joint venture subsidiary of National Technical Systems (Calabasas, CA) and National Quality Assurance, Limited (London). Located in Acton, Massachusetts, NQA, USA is a leading provider of quality and environmental management systems registration services. NQA’s worldwide operations are accredited to perform management systems registrations by ANSI - ANAB and UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). NQA, USA has expertise in many diverse industries including aerospace, transportation and distribution, printing, professional services, automotive, foods, electronics, computers, and software. More information can be found at www.nqa-usa.com.

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