HYDAC is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001.
HYDAC Australia and New Zealand’s quality system certifications and endorsements are audited/certified at set intervals by SAI Global to their respective scope of supply to all industries, according to HYDAC Quality Assurance Manager Siegfried Bergmann.
This encompasses development, production, sales and service for components to units and systems for hydraulics, filtration technology, fluid technology, process filtration, electronics and programming.
Mr Bergmann points out that HYDAC has been ISO certified since 2013, with certification commencing with ISO 9001.
“HYDAC was one of the first companies in the fluid power industry to receive this ISO certification 9001:2015, which helped to improve the company in many ways, including shaping the company to comply with regulatory and legal requirements,” he says.
“A big advantage has been the streamlining of company processes to be more customer- centric and effective in managing orders to customer satisfaction.”
The following year, in 2014/15, HYDAC expanded its certification to OH&S ISO 18001 and environmental certification ISO 14001.
“As HYDAC was already certified to OHS AS/ISO 18001 it was able to quickly adopt the new internationally recognised standard ISO 45001 in 2020,” Mr Bergmann says.
“HYDAC has a very good track record with regard to OHS and environmental standards and it is proud to provide a safe environment for its employees, customers and the environment.”
Mr Bergmann says that requirements for ISO 14001 and 45001 are far more stringent in terms of OHS and the environment as legal compliance is mandated. “This is different to other ISO standards where the requirements are not legally binding but rather centred on business improvement and customer satisfaction.”
Waste reduction and recycling: focal points
As to being eco-friendly, Mr Bergmann underscores that since the early 2000s HYDAC Australia, under the HYDAC Germany banner, has done whatever it can to reduce waste or mobilise a change to environmentally friendly packaging.
“HYDAC is centred on reducing waste as much as possible, and we expanded on that in early 2018 when we became a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO),” Mr Bergmann says.
APCO, a government-contracted institution, works with government and businesses to reduce the environmental impact of packaging in Australia by embodying an industry-driven product stewardship approach.
As an APCO member HYDAC receives guidance on how to improve the sustainability of its packaging and agrees to shared commitments and responsibilities to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging.
Mr Bergmann highlights that HYDAC has implemented many processes to help reduce packaging, including only using recyclable material for packaging, since becoming an APCO member.
“HYDAC has dedicated a staff member to drive these improvement processes on both an environment and quality level as far as possible while continually looking to further improve processes within the organisation – testimony to its commitment in this regard,” he says.
Other initiatives by HYDAC include reducing black foil packaging material to transparent foil.
“It was a major problem for recycling companies to identify black foil as a recyclable material even though it is a recyclable material – basically the technology couldn’t handle it, so we made the change to transparent wrapping for all our packaging,” Mr Bergmann says.
“We also stipulated that our major OEMs close to Melbourne’s headquarters manufacture recyclable pallets that can be reused, and this practice is set to extend to a similar system within our warehouse and production line.”
Defence industry certification
Mr Bergmann points out that HYDAC is currently endeavouring to expand on supply to the defence industry by becoming a certified Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) member.
“This entails acquiring different levels of DISP membership. To date HYDAC Managing Director Mark Keen has made substantial resources available to upgrade Melbourne’s headquarters in terms of hardware, procedures and personnel to ensure we can be a secure and valuable supplier to this industry,” he says.
“HYDAC’s IT department will ensure that no unauthorised access to the premises can take place and that only specified personnel can access certain areas. Several staff members will also undergo specialised DISP and IT security training.”
In conclusion, Mr Bergmann says HYDAC’s commitment to quality is never-ending. “It’s really an organic approach that sees us constantly evolving and striving to refine, improve and streamline every part of the organisation and its systems. This helps to provide and deliver a reliable product or service to our customers.
“And last but not least HYDAC employees are the ones who live and breathe these systems and culture that enable us to prosper. They play the instruments while I as the conductor guide and help them, and if they play in tune our customers will listen and ask for more.”