3/28/2003 - Echelon announced that it is has successfully passed the audit by TÜV Management Service to the ISO 9001:2000 with design standards without any non-conformances and as a result is being processed for certification. Echelon's commitment to quality is embodied in its Quality Management System (QMS), initiated in January 2002, which adheres to stringent requirements meeting the enhanced strategic-based Performance Excellence concept of the International Standards Organization (ISO) with an emphasis on customer focus and enhancement of customer satisfaction through continuous assessment and improvement to help ensure quality.
"ISO certification adds yet further proof that Echelon is, and has always been, a company focused on customer satisfaction, quality and excellence in our products and organization," said Russell Harris, Echelon's senior vice-president of operations. "We believe that attaining ISO 9001:2000 is important to our current customers and prospects because it demonstrates that Echelon has the quality management systems in place to effectively engage with large, high volume, organizations such as utilities, retailers, and government agencies. Passing TÜV's audit with virtually no hiccups on the first pass is testament to the extreme quality of the Echelon organization."
Lawrence Eaves, TÜV America's west regional manager TMS-MHS commented, "It was evident that all employees at Echelon were committed in developing and implementing a QMS that meets the ISO 9001:2000 requirements. Many accolades go out to this team as they have shown a great amount of enthusiasm and dedication in implementing their system."
Developed by the International Standards Organization, ISO 9001 represents an international consensus on good management practices, ensuring an organization can consistently deliver products or services that meet its customers' quality requirements.
TÜV America Inc., a subsidiary of Group TÜV Süddeutschland, is a business-to-business engineering services firm providing international safety testing and certification services. Founded in 1987, TÜV America has grown to more than 220 experts in over a dozen locations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Operating under the brand names of Product Service, Management Service, Industry Service and Automotive, TÜV America has partnered with more than 3,000 companies throughout the NAFTA region, assuring product and management systems excellence, and acceptance in the global marketplace.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is the creator of the LonWorks platform, the world's most widely used standard for connecting everyday devices such as appliances, thermostats, air conditioners, electric meters, and lighting systems to each other and to the Internet. Echelon's hardware and software products enable manufacturers and integrators to create smart devices and systems that lower cost, increase convenience, improve service, and enhance productivity, quality, and safety. Thousands of companies have developed and installed LonWorks products and more than 29 million LonWorks enabled processors have been shipped for use in homes, buildings, factories, trains, and other systems worldwide.
The protocol underlying LonWorks networks and the signaling technology used by Echelon's power line and free topology transceivers have been adopted as standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Echelon is also a founding member of the LonMark Interoperability Association, an open industry forum of hundreds of leading manufacturers, integrators, and users dedicated to promoting the use of interoperable LonWorks devices. More information is available at http://www.lonmark.org. Further information regarding Echelon can be found at http://www.echelon.com.
Echelon, LonWorks, LonMark, the LonMark logo and the Echelon logo are trademarks of Echelon Corporation registered in the United States and other countries.
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