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Quality - Working to the Highest Standards

Subcontractor Hydram Sheet Metalwork puts quality central to all its business activities and is certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, the ISO 3834-2 Welding Standard, the BS EN 15085-1 CWRVC Welding Standard, the DIN 6701 standard for adhesive bonding in rail industry and the ISO 14001 Environmental Standard.

Quality sheet metal products

In order to continually meet the requirements of ISO 9001 Hydram operates fully documented Quality Procedures and a Quality Manual.  To support these, the company employs a dedicated Quality Team consisting of a Quality Manager, two Quality Engineers and five Quality Technicians, assisted by Project Engineers as required. 

The team undertakes all aspects of quality assurance and inspection, utilising both traditional and state of the art measuring equipment from a dedicated office.  Full dimensional inspection reports suited to specific customer requirements are provided, working to formal processes such as APQP and PPAP if required.

New product introduction

As a minimum, all new sheet metal product introductions are handled by a project group consisting of members from Quality, Production and Commercial teams, and headed by a Project Engineer.  The group meet before the production process begins to ensure that the bills of material, routings, drawings and production information are all accurate and provide sufficient information to production operators.

The Project Engineer then follows the pre-production and first production batches through to completion and ensures, with the assistance of the Quality Team, that all metal fabrications are produced correctly to the customer’s requirements first time, recording any detail changes on the production system for future batches.

Shopfloor quality control

Shopfloor inspection is the responsibility of all operatives and is carried out in line with the appropriate Quality Plan, plus supporting documentation, at each stage of the production process by trained personnel.

Further information on Hydram’s Quality System is available on request.

Welding standards

Hydram achieved ISO3834-2 in May 2016.  ISO3834-2:2005 defines comprehensive quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials both in workshops and at field installation sites.

Hydram achieved BS EN 15085-2 in June 2017 and BS EN 15085-1 in August 2018.  BS EN 15085-1 CWRVC demonstrates a manufacturer’s competence for control of welding quality in production of railway vehicles and components.

Bonding Specialists to DIN 6701

In December 2018 Hydram became cerified to the DIN 6701-2 standard, the accreditation for the use of adhesive bonding in the manufacture of rail vehicles and parts of rail vehicles.  Requirements to comply with this DIN standard include demonstrating proof of offcially recognised qualifcations in adhesive bonding, a suitable quality management system, documentation for key bonded joints, suitable workplaces and many others.  

Hydram - the precision sheet metal fabrication company.

More than Sheet Metal Hydram does a lot more than manufacture precision metal products, components and metal fabrications.  Whether your organisation simply wants to outsource its manufacturing, or requires a manufacturing partner for the launch of a new product range, Hydram Sheet Metalwork makes an excellent choice for your preferred business partner.   Read More >
Project Management A team of dedicated account managers are the customer’s primary contact throughout their dealings with Hydram.  The account managers are backed up by a team of Project Engineers and Design Engineers who are keen to offer customers the benefit of Hydram’s 40 years of manufacturing know-how and experience in manufacturing precision sheet metal fabrications. Read More >