2021 Quality Symposium

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Start Date

October 19, 2021 09:00 am

End Date

October 19, 2021 11:00 am




Polaris MEP



A free virtual symposium focused on Quality certifications/quality management systems for Manufacturing Month!


doodles representing qualityIn working with Rhode Island’s smaller and medium-sized manufacturers, Polaris MEP knows how committed these businesses are to delivering high-quality products.

A low-quality product can be costly — both to reputation and in wasted time and material repairing defects. Investing in quality isn’t cheap but it is essential for competitiveness.

This year’s summit features experts and peers in the Rhode Island manufacturing community.

 Agenda/Featured Speakers

The ROI of Quality — Amanda Sturgeon of Reade Advanced Materials outlines a use case for pursuing quality certification(s)

What You Should Know at Each Stage of Certification — Steve Perry of Darlington Fabrics and Rich Chabot of Colonial Machine & Tool talk about their experiences and share actionable tips for YOUR quality journey

How to Take Your QMS to the Next Level — Jim Saropoulos of ExoLytic, a world-class ISO consulting agency, shares lessons learned from working with smaller manufacturers who turned Quality into a competitive advantage

Why Join

In this two-hour online symposium, you’ll:

  • Discover best practices and lessons learned related to quality certification and quality management systems.
  • Take away actionable insights no matter what stage you are at in your quality journey: considering certification, actively pursuing ISO or other quality certification, or sustaining standards.
  • Find out more about some of the ISO changes that may be coming — and what you should be doing to prepare.

Polaris MEP is committed to offering the best business improvement programs to Rhode Island Manufacturers.

In order to achieve that goal and to justify continued U.S. Department of Commerce funding for these services, participants are asked to provide impact data and assessment. You’ll be asked for feedback through a short online survey within 1-3 days of this program and possibly again through an impartial third-party survey firm, 6-12 months after a Polaris MEP hosted public workshop.

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