Torc Blacksburg Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification for Quality Management

The certification shows commitment to quality for a Level 4 autonomous driving solution

Torc has received certification for the ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Quality Management for its Quality Management Systems (QMS) at its Blacksburg, Virginia, locations.

ISO 9001:2015 is an international standard for QMS developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification provides a model for companies of all types and sizes to use in building an effective QMS. It outlines the requirements for a QMS to be implemented in an organization and is based on several quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the involvement of top management, a process approach, and continual improvement. The standard is designed to help organizations consistently meet customer requirements and improve their overall performance.

The Torc ISO 9001:2015 certificate (#112494.00) was issued by DEKRA Certifications, Inc., a global QMS certification body. The scope of TORC’s certification includes design and installation of software and sensor suite integration of Level 4 autonomous driving on heavy-duty vehicles. Activities at Torc’s Blacksburg locations are included in the scope of the certification.

“Creating a safe and scalable autonomous driving solution has been Torc’s vision,” commented Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Torc CEO. “The ISO 9001 registration recognizes the robustness of the quality management system and structure for Torc as we move from an R&D company to a customer and product-based organization.”

“Our goal is to build a robust quality foundation and encourage a spirit of continuous improvement,” said Greg Valatka, Director of Quality, Facilities and Occupational Safety at Torc. “Joining over one million companies worldwide, the ISO 9001:2015 certification continues to show our employees, customers, and the public our commitment not just to safety, but to quality as well. Although many industries recognize ISO 9001, TORC continues to show its leadership by becoming one of the first in the autonomous vehicle space to achieve this.”

“After nearly 18 months of laying the groundwork, the commitment of leadership and the collaboration from all departments, we are thrilled to have passed the ISO 9001:2015 audit,” said Kevin Mink, manager of Quality Assurance at TORC. “This achievement is a testament to the diligent work from the entire team and this will allow us to expand our efforts on our path to commercializing Level 4 autonomous trucks.”