On March 27, 2020 the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) released “IATF Global Waivers and Measures in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)”.  Recognizing the impact on the global economy and automotive industry is unprecedented, the IATF is providing temporary relief measures for upcoming audits (beyond those currently covered in CB Communique 2020-001). This document…

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IATF 16949 Global Certifications

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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SimpleQuE’s infographic shows the top 10 IATF 16949 minor nonconformances as reported by all IATF Certification Bodies from January – October 2019. A majority of the minor nonconformances fall under the Operations section with clauses 8.5.1 Control of Production and Service Provision and 8.5.1.1 Control Plan in the top three.  Here is a summary of…

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This simpleQuE infographic shows the top 10 IATF 16949 major nonconformances as reported by all IATF Certification Bodies from January – October 2019.  At the top of the chart are Corrective Action and Problem Solving which are foundational elements of any quality management system.  This indicates organizations still struggle to maintain a disciplined corrective action…

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SimpleQuE Vice President, Deanne Sparr, is at the AIAG Quality Summit and shares the latest news regarding adoption of the new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook requirements by Ford, GM, FCA and Honda. GM – They noted this will be a significant transition for their company and need to do their own training first.  They…

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The automotive experts at simpleQuE have created a MAQMSR Gap Audit Checklist for suppliers. This Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirement for Sub-Tier Suppliers (MAQMSR) gap audit checklist is based on sections of IATF 16949 selected for supplier QMS development. The purchase of this checklist comes with a free half hour of phone or email…

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SimpleQuE will soon be offering AIAG & VDA FMEA Overview Training.  This one-day session will provide an overview of the newly released AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook to assist automotive suppliers in understanding the changes to transition from the AIAG 4th Edition FMEA.  Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) will be addressed from both the…

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The new AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook has hit the streets! So what should automotive suppliers do now that the AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook is available? Review the new Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) Handbook. Begin to identify the gaps in your current FMEA development process to determine how to meet the new…

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SimpleQuE congratulates Janesville on IATF 16949 Certification

Janesville Acoustics Quality Team – Warrensburg, MO Janesville Acoustics successfully transitions to IATF 16949.  Janesville, a unit of Jason Incorporated, was founded in 1874 to manufacture cotton rolls and batting for the furniture industry.  The company shifted to the transportation market with the rise of mass-produced automobiles, and today with more than 1,000 employees, is…

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