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 is now offering AIAG & VDA FMEA Overview Training.  AIAG and VDA collaborated to completely rewrite their Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) manuals into a single AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook, using a process-oriented approach to meet the requirements of both industry groups.  This one-day session provides an overview of the newly released…

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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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AIAG-VDA-FMEA-7StepApproach

AIAG and VDA have collaborated to completely rewrite their Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) manuals into a single AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook, using a process-oriented approach to meet the requirements of both industry groups.  The AIAG & VDA FMEA Handbook (first of the core tool series), was released in June 2019.  This publication…

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IATF FAQs - frequently asked questions

In October 2019 the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) released three new FAQs (#27-29).  A FAQ clarifies the intent of an existing IATF 16949:2016 requirement.   These FAQs are applicable to your Quality Management System (QMS) and can be found on IATF’s website. Below are steps for utilizing these IATF 16949 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): Step…

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Avoid hazards with effective corrective action and problem solving

Which culture describes your organization when dealing with hazards – fire-fighting or problem solving? The process for corrective action and problem solving is a foundational element of any quality management system.  Unfortunately, many organizations still struggle to maintain a disciplined corrective action and problem-solving process.   When this occurs, the organization falls prey to costly repeat…

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