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How Will AS9104/1A Affect Companies That Are AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Certified?

November 14, 2022

How AS9104/1A and Supplemental Rule 004 (SR004) Affect AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 Certified Companies Recent changes affecting AS certified organizations are implemented through AS9104/1A (also referred to as AS9104-1:2022) which was released on January 7, 2022. (The previous version of the standard was published in 2012.) “Requirements for Certification of Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality…

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Maintaining Your QMS and ISO Certification

May 13, 2022

Achieved ISO 9001 Certification, Now What? Now that you have achieved ISO 9001 certification, you must maintain your Quality Management System (QMS) and make improvements. It is more important now, that the QMS doesn’t fall apart. Internal ownership by the process owners must be maintained, and buy-in needs to continue past the initial certification audit.…

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Auditing checklist using a process approach

33 Questions for Auditing – Utilizing a Process Approach

February 18, 2022

ISO 9001 Process Approach Auditing These questions for auditing utilize 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.  Process-based audits are tools companies can use to evaluate the effectiveness of their…

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The risks of performing your own internal audits vs. the opportunities of outsourcing

Preparing for Your Internal Audit – Points to Consider to Minimize Risk

February 2, 2022

The beginning of each new year is a good time to take a look at your internal audit process and how well you are monitoring your company’s performance. Do you have a robust audit process? Here are some points to consider to minimize your risk. To prepare for your internal audits, do your auditors have…

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Ken-tron Manufacturing – An ISO 9001 and AS9100 Certification Case Study

December 7, 2021

Ken-tron Manufacturing, Inc. – The challenges and solutions to maintaining ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification Ken-tron Manufacturing provides metal stampings, wire forms and high-quality drawn wire to companies in various industries around the world. In 1995 the company received ISO 9001 certification, and achieved AS9100 certification in 2005 to meet the international quality standards of their…

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How to Evaluate Supplier Quality and Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Suppliers

November 23, 2021

This article offers advice on evaluating supplier quality, warning signs that should raise red flags, and questions to ask when choosing suppliers. We exist in a globalized environment where supply chains span the entire world, which increases the importance of evaluating our supply chain risks and establishing processes and systems to evaluate and monitor those…

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Muncy Corporation – A Case Study on Maintaining a Sustainable Quality Managment System

November 15, 2021

Muncy Corporation – The Challenges and Solutions to Maintaining a Sustainable Quality Management System (QMS) Muncy Corporation is a leading manufacturer of specialized fabricated assemblies for the heavy truck, specialty vehicle, and locomotive markets. They custom design, manufacture and performance test window regulators, door modules and door assemblies for more than 200 global customers. What…

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How effective is remote auditing?

How Effective is Remote Auditing for Managment Systems Certification Audits?

September 28, 2021

How effective is remote auditing for management systems certification audits?  To answer that question, the German Society for the Certification of Management Systems (DQS), a global certification body, surveyed 5000 IAAR clients and more than 500 auditors in 2019.  DQS is a member of the IAAR (Independent Association of Accredited Registrars) which is a consortium…

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Top IATF 16949 Audit Findings and How To Address Them

Top IATF 16949® Audit Findings And How To Address Them In The QMS

May 20, 2021

Top IATF 16949® Audit Findings & How To Address Them In The QMS The last of our automotive series looks at the top IATF 16949® audit findings and how to address them in the company’s quality management system (QMS). Data and internal measures are compiled and analyzed by most every organization within the automotive supply…

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Using Automotive Manufacturing Process Audits to Focus on Value and Maximize Improvements

April 27, 2021

  Automotive Manufacturing Process Audits: What They Are and How To Maximize Improvements A manufacturing process audit is an audit of the manufacturing (and manufacturing support) activities.  According to IATF 16949 section 9.2.2.3 this audit must include all manufacturing shifts, include evidence of shift handover, and include APQP output such as FMEAs and Control Plans. …

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