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IATF 16949® Auditing Videos on YouTube to Answer Your Questions

August 12, 2020

To answer your questions on automotive quality management system auditing, The International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have created a YouTube channel that covers important topics from the IATF 16949® standard and rules.  Categories are divided by topics and each has a video that is usually less than…

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IATF Global Waivers and Measures – Remote Internal Auditing and Monitoring

June 3, 2020

  In April the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) that oversees IATF 16949, released 2 revisions of “IATF Global Waivers and Measures in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)”.  In this article, we’ll look at some of the highlights from those revisions that impact our customers. (All changes to the original document are highlighted in…

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Automotive Restart – Employee Safety

May 25, 2020

The last of our Automotive Restart series looks at the biggest challenge – Employee Safety and how an organization plans for implementing a work environment that will minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Making the safety and health of your employees a priority will ensure that you have the skilled workforce needed to help…

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Automotive Restart – Contingency Planning

May 20, 2020

Contingency planning is the topic of Part 4 of the Automotive Restart series.  As evidenced when the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it’s critical to plan for unforeseen problems or circumstances.  The IATF 16949 defined tool to prepare for those issues, emergencies and disasters is the use of a contingency plan.  The…

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Automotive Restart – Managing Change

May 14, 2020

On the road to recovery changes will occur, and Part 3 of the five-part series considers the ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 requirements and managing changes. As mentioned in Part 2 of this series – Customer Satisfaction, disruptions due to the pandemic and affecting restart could include: Supply chain disruptions and limited allocations from the…

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Automotive Restart – Customer Satisfaction

May 7, 2020

Part 2 of simpleQuE’s five-part series focuses on customer satisfaction and the IATF 16949 requirements during the automotive restart process. One can envision the disruptions that may be present during this automotive restart activity.  In Part 1 Remaining Compliant to IATF 16949, we included some of those disruptions of the 4 M’s (Materials, Methods, Manpower…

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Automotive Restart – Remaining Compliant to IATF 16949

May 1, 2020

Part 1 of our series focuses on automotive restart and the importance of remaining compliant to IATF 16949.  We begin with the 4 M’s of your processes and consider the IATF 16949 requirements during this restart process. Materials:  The conventional wisdom indicates that supply chain disruptions will be evident during this restart activity (a few…

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Automotive Restart – The Road to Recovery

May 1, 2020

The automotive industry is ready to restart on the road to recovery. During this challenging recovery period, simpleQuE shares some thoughts and considerations concerning the restart of the automotive industry.  GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler may be ready to restart U.S. production on May 18. Toyota is targeting the week of May 11.  VW is…

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Management of Extraordinary Events – COVID-19 Notices from IAQG and IATF

March 18, 2020

“Management of Extraordinary Events…” that is how the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) began their latest Notice for Suppliers regarding COVID-19. Under these extraordinary circumstances, simpleQuE is sharing information from the aerospace and automotive oversight organizations to address the concerns of our clients.

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IATF 16949 Certifications Worldwide

February 4, 2020

This simpleQuE infographic shows the distribution of IATF 16949 certifications worldwide by region.  According to the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB), as of October 2019, there were 75,970 certified sites, with China holding almost 50% of the global certifications.  China’s high percentage of certifications is due to the country’s mandate for IATF 16949 certification all…

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