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Schofield Enterprises is Serious about Quality


Schofield Enterprises manufactures complex electrical wire harnesses, battery cables, instrument panels and control systems that "meet and exceed our customers' expectations and requirements."

Schofield Enterprises serves markets in manufacturing, automotive aftermarket, and defense and aerospace. Schofield Enterprises' products are used in agricultural equipment, construction equipment, electric vehicles, and industrial engines by CAT, Cummins, John Deere, Kubota, and more. Schofield employs more than 40 people.

The Challenge

Committed to manufacturing the highest quality electrical wire harnesses at the best value, Schofield Enterprises strives for continual improvement of the company’s products and services. Given that focus, in the summer of 2017 the company began preparing a comprehensive quality management system (QMS) in order to attain certification by the International Standards Organization (ISO). “With ISO certification,” said President Tim Splittgerber, “customers understand a robust QMS is in place. It’s immediate validation that says we’re serious about quality and continuous improvement.”
MOC came in and gave us a valuable outside perspective. They helped us format all the pieces of our QMS with consistency, and brought it all together under the framework of ISO.
— Tim Splittgerber, President

MEP's Role

With guidance from UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC), Schofield Enterprises prepared their new QMS with input from all levels, production staff through leadership. Representatives from each department shared the step-by-step processes of their jobs, and ultimately, helped define best practices.
“It was a QMS implementation from the ground up,” recalls UW-Stout MOC Project Manager Kevin Thiel, who visited Schofield Enterprises weekly to train and mentor staff. “They’re an engaged group with senior leadership that recognizes the value of a system appropriate for their needs and their customers’ needs.”
In the early stage of the project, the company organized a six-member quality management team. Within nine months, Schofield Enterprises developed formal QMS policies and procedures that are embedded within the company’s ERP software. As a result, the QMS now resides throughout the organization and “keeps everyone on the same page,” Splittgerber notes. Collaborating with UW-Stout MOC enabled Schofield Enterprises to overcome apprehension often associated with ISO certification and develop an effective QMS that addresses core elements of the ISO 9001:2015 standard.
Created June 2, 2020, Updated October 28, 2021