Deep Down Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

Deep Down has received certification of its Quality Management System (QMS) according to standards set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000.

ISO is a non-governmental organization comprised of a network of national standards institutes from 157 countries that act as a bridging organization creating consensus on standardization solutions for business processes to help meet both the standardization requirements of the various industries and the broader needs of society, such as consumers and users. Organizations must demonstrate compliance with all ISO established requirements to become ISO 9001 registered. Compliance is determined by an initial registration assessment, and then subsequent surveillance audits are held periodically.

The subsequent series of ongoing audits reviews the effectiveness of Deep Down's quality systems in areas such as customer focus, planning, training, product realization, measurement, analysis, and continual improvement of the overall system.

ISO 9001 certificate registration is effective for 3 years, after which a company must undergo another full registration audit. Companies implement and obtain registration to assure customers that it has effective quality management systems (QMS) in place, typically leading to an enhanced ability to meet customer expectations, and improve overall operations, performance, and profitability when compared to non-ISO certified organizations.

Many organizations require suppliers to have ISO 9001 registration, and Deep Down's new certification now allows it to participate in projects requiring ISO certified manufacturers, including government contracts.

Deep Down, Inc. has selected The American Bureau of Shipping -- Quality Evaluations Division as its ISO 9001 registrar. The purpose of a registrar is to perform both the initial registration and surveillance audits, and to maintain the registration with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, also known as ANAB. ANAB is the U.S. accreditation body for management systems, and accredits certification bodies for ISO 9001 quality management systems.

"This further represents our commitment to total customer satisfaction. We believe Deep Down stands among only a handful of equipment and service providers that are ISO certified," commented Ron Smith, president and chief executive officer.

"In addition, to further enhance Deep Down's subsea engineering capabilities and meet growing demand, we have also recently hired two additional subsea engineers, with strong experience from such companies as Minerals Management Service, Stolt Offshore, Ocean Design, Inc., and Dyna Technologies, Inc.," Smith concluded.

Deep Down specializes in the provision of innovative solutions, installation management, engineering services, support services, custom fabrication, and storage management services for the offshore subsea control, umbilical, and pipeline industries. The company fabricates component parts of subsea distribution systems and assemblies that specialize in the development of subsea fields and tie backs. These items include umbilicals, flow lines, distribution systems, pipeline terminations, controls, winches, and launch and retrieval systems, among others. Deep Down provides these services from the initial field conception phase, through manufacturing, site integration testing, installation, topside connections, and the final commissioning of a project. The Company's ElectroWave subsidiary offers products and services in the fields of electronic monitoring and control systems for the energy, military, and commercial business sectors. ElectroWave designs, manufactures, installs, and commissions integrated PLC and SCADA based instrumentation and control systems, including ballast control and monitoring, drilling instrumentation, vessel management systems, marine advisory systems, machinery plant control and monitoring systems, and closed circuit television systems.