SEMA – Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association
SEMA is the sole UK authority on design standards and installation codes of practice for storage equipment and NSI Projects is proud to be a member of the SEMA Distributor Group.
SEMA liaise with the European FEM Storage Industry body to establish European wide storage industry design standards and Codes of Practice. SEMA is the UK storage industry association that liaise with the Health and Safety Executive to ensure the highest standards of Health and Safety are adhered to in their advice to their membership.
SDG – SEMA Distributor Group The SEMA Distributor Group consists of a group of approximately 30 resellers and designers of storage equipment projects in the UK all committed to work at the highest standards in our industry. NSI was appointed to the post of Chair of the SEMA Distributor Group in 2012. During our term, one of the Distributor group’s main aims was to deliver and demonstrate the clear difference between companies such as NSI Projects, with our extensive resources and quality standards, from the rest of the market, who may or may not comply with these standards.
The SDG Quality Initiative and audit is the first step in defining and demonstrating this “clear blue water” between an SDG member and the rest of the industry. The SDG audit measures 24 areas of quality, many specific to our industry that ensure excellence in process, in design compliance and in delivering projects with the highest H&S standards and as such the first UK scheme in our industry to do this. Passing this audit is now a pre-requisite for membership of the SDG. NSI Projects volunteered to be one of the first companies to be audited and passed the assessment on a single visit with no corrective actions. We were awarded a Highly Commended Status.
The SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) Audit As members of the SEMA Distributor Group, we are obliged to open our doors and be regularly audited to assess we reach the high standards our industry body demands of us. The audit consists of an independent on-site assessment by QCS International (with over 25 years of quality audit assessment): The points of audit are split into the follow two core areas: Administration and Document Control – this ensures the members policies, record keeping and legal compliance are all up to standard.
Process Control: looks at project management control procedures, the way clear work instructions are issued, quality of RAMs, the capture and verification of the customers’ specific requirements, the traceability of the technical design that underwrites a storage installation. All current members were assessed in the first SDG Audit in 2013. Only 80% made the standard and 20% did not have membership renewed, demonstrating a robust process. No new members are accepted without paying for and undergoing the audit. The standards are reviewed and enhanced periodically. The audits are scored and accreditations awarded as follows:
- 90-100% – Highly Commended status
- 60%- 90% – Meets the standard
- 50-59% – Improvement plan required, must reach 60% on resubmission.
- Less than 50% re-apply when issues address, membership declined.
NSI is one of only 12 companies in the UK to achieve the highly commended status in the last audit.