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The Future of Automotive Quality – Highlights From the 2022 AIAG Quality Summit and IATF® Updates

November 9, 2022

The Future of Automotive Quality   In October, simpleQuE’s automotive consultant, Mark Dodson, attended the AIAG Quality Summit and shared the key takeaways from the conference, including the number of IATF 16949® certified sites worldwide (see the infographic above). The top countries are China, India, S. Korea, USA and Germany.  The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)…

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Customer Scorecards and the Supplier Performance Initiative (SPI) to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

September 8, 2022

What is Customer Satisfaction and how is it effectively monitored? One of the main reasons to adopt a quality management system (QMS) standard such as ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 is for an organization “to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system…” (from the scope of ISO 9001:2015).  The term “customer satisfaction”…

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A Spirit of Cooperation – How the South Became the New Automotive Corridor

October 27, 2021

SimpleQuE was an exhibitor at the 2021 Southern Automotive Conference (SAC) in Birmingham, Alabama October 13-15, 2021, where the theme was “Made in the South”.  That has become more evident over the last 3 decades as manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Mazda, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (a new joint venture), Honda, Kia, Nissan, Hyundai, Tesla, BMW, PACCAR,…

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IATF 16949® Auditing Videos on YouTube to Answer Your Questions

August 12, 2020

  YouTube Playlists: IATF 16949® Q&A Videos To answer your questions on automotive quality management system auditing, The International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) and the 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…

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Automotive Restart - IATF 16949® and Employee Safety

Automotive Restart – IATF 16949® and Employee Safety

May 25, 2020

Part 5: Automotive Restart: IATF 164949® and Employee Safety 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…

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Automotive Restart - IATF 16949® and Contingency Planning

Automotive Restart – IATF 16949® and Contingency Planning

May 20, 2020

Part 4: Automotive Restart: IATF 16949® and Contingency Planning 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…

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Automotive Restart - IATF 16949® and Managing Change

Automotive Restart – IATF 16949® and Managing Change

May 14, 2020

Part 3: Automotive Restart: IATF 16949® and Managing Change 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…

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Automotive Restart - IATF 16949® and Managing Change

Automotive Restart – IATF 16949® and Customer Satisfaction

May 7, 2020

Part 2: Automotive Restart: IATF 16949® and Customer Satisfaction 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…

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Automotive Restart – Remaining Compliant to IATF 16949®

May 1, 2020

Part 1: Automotive Restart: Remaining Compliant To IATF 164949® Part 1 of our series focuses on the automotive restart and the importance of remaining compliant with IATF 16949®.  We begin with the 4 M’s of your processes and consider the IATF 16949® requirements during this restart process. The 4 M’s – Materials, Methods, Manpower and…

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Automotive Restart – The Road to Recovery

May 1, 2020

Automotive Restart: The Road To Recovery 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…

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