1. Black Diamond Quality Assurance - ISO 9001 & 3 Sigma


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    Here at Black Diamond, innovation is not a four-letter word. It is our driver. As we demand more and more from our gear, we demand more and more innovation from ourselves. As part of a new approach to designing, developing and engineering the best gear for climbing and freeride skiing, we are constantly striving to innovate not only the gear itself but also our processes. ISO 9001 Because Black Diamond is a company of climbers and freeride enthusiasts dedicated to producing the best climbing and ski gear possible, all of the products we manufacture and sell are constantly tested and improved upon. As of October 27, 1998, Black Diamond received ISO certification. ISO 9001 certification serves as a control process for companies with systems already in place to monitor design, manufacturing and testing. Our current certification helps to underscore Black Diamond's continuing commitment to producing the best gear possible. 3 SIGMA To rate our climbing gear with a meticulous degree of accuracy, Black Diamond uses a rigorous, best-in-the-industry rating standard called Three Sigma. By batch testing our climbing equipment following 3 Sigma methodologies, we can ensure that there is a 99.87% probability that the strength of any item taken from the same batch will be above the rating. And though the rigorous 3 Sigma testing method results in a rated strength that is three standard deviations lower than the average value found during testing, we feel climbing hardware requires testing with an absolutely consistent and conservative approach to ensure the high levels of quality you have come to expect from Black Diamond.

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    • Black Diamond Via Ferrata Testing


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      As with all of testing we do with our climbing gear (and even our non-climbing gear), we go way above and beyond any official requirements. In order for a piece of gear to make it to the market, it must withstand all that we can dream up. This usually involves many different configurations of use, abuse and mis-use, testing in extreme environmental conditions, simulated cyclic and durability testing, and of course extensive field testing. Only after a piece of gear can successfully be put through the wringer do we give it the green light to hit the store shelves.

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