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SimpleQuE Celebrates World Quality Day

World Quality Day

SimpleQuE celebrates World Quality Day and 100 years of quality, which evolved with the guidance of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) and the contributions of  quality management professionals across the globe. They have empowered organizations to sustain and improve performance, and boost customer satisfaction across all sectors. Quality has even played a major role in…

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AS91XX: 2016 Certification Body Auditor Non-Conformances

AS91XX:2016 Certification Body Auditor Non-Conformances

AS91XX:2016 Certification Body Auditor Non-Conformances – Infographic SimpleQuE President, Jim Lee, recently attended the joint meetings of the SAE G-14 including Americas Aerospace Quality Standards Committee (AAQSC) and Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG) in New Orleans.  The summit provides access to the committees that create the aerospace standards and guidelines with the high level players…

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Supplier Quality Audits – Do You Really Know Your Supplier?

Supplier Quality Audits

Supplier quality audits – a way to examine and really know your suppliers.  Many factors contribute to making a company successful, from both internal and external perspectives. While you can certainly ensure the success of your internal operations, your external operations – such as your suppliers, external providers, and outsourced processes – can sometimes be…

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Questions for Auditing Utilizing a Process Approach

Auditing checklist using a process approach

Here are 33 questions for auditing utilizing a process approach. Whether facing a surveillance audit from a certification body or preparing for an internal quality audit – knowing what you face and being prepared puts you a step ahead.  Review this checklist which covers the majority of the QMS requirements. Who or what are the:…

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Rolling Out ISO 19011:2018 – Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems

ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems

ISO 19011:2018 (Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems) was released in July, and the new revisions have truly transformed the contents of the standard. The changes, including most significantly a new risk-based auditing approach, recognize the importance of managing risk in any management system, as well as the marketplace. ISO 19011 provides guidelines for auditing management…

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A Look at the AS9100D Transition Data

With the transition to AS9100:2016 well under way, what can we interpret about the data from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)? Overall, aerospace and defense organizations are transitioning to plan, and exhibiting preparedness with the new requirements. Some organizations still struggle with Process Identification, but Production Controls and Purchasing make up the highest nonconformities.…

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The Advantages of Outsourcing Internal Quality Audits

If your organization is certified to ISO 9001 or a standard that is aligned with it, like AS9100 or IATF 16949, and you perform internal quality audits, then you should know this: For ISO 9001:2015, one of the top four clauses for registrar findings was 9.2 Internal Audit. The IATF standard takes it a step…

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The Countdown Begins

By Jim Lee, President of simpleQuE With the deadline for ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, AS9100:2016 and IATF 16949:2016 approaching on September 14, 2018, companies have been slow to transition.  The statistics are sobering, although not unexpected.  The new ISO standards have been in effect for 2 years but only 6-20% have made the leap. (The…

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