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At simpleQuE, we strive to keep our customers and partners informed by providing articles in our weekly blog designed to help answer your questions. Keep up on the latest industry and quality insights by reading our newsletters and following us on social media. We’ve also created useful tools and templates to share.

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Cost of quality of internal audits

How much money, time and resources are going into your internal audits?

August 4, 2020

Developing resources to conduct internal audits of your quality management system is an investment of time and dollars.  Acquiring and even retaining the necessary and often specialized capabilities internally can pose quite a challenge, especially in these times.  It is important to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to understand the expected Return on Investment (ROI) of…

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Saying about quality

Top 10 ISO 9001 Findings

July 28, 2020

One of the world’s leading certification bodies, DNV GL Business Assurance, NA shared their top 10 ISO 9001 findings of 2019.  Review these nonconformances to see if there are any weaknesses in your quality processes.  (Note:  ISO 9001 Findings and their rankings may vary slightly among Certification Bodies.) 8.5.1  Control of production and service provision…

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Using technology for remote audits

Tips for Preparing for Your Remote Internal Audit

July 15, 2020

SimpleQuE auditors have been conducting remote internal audits for several months now and we’ve put together some tips for preparing for this new type of virtual quality management system (QMS) audit.  With health and safety concerns adding new challenges due to COVID-19, conducting on-site internal audits isn’t always possible, so remote audits offer a viable…

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Business consulting and auditing

The Advantages of Outsourcing Internal Quality Audits

June 17, 2020

If your organization is certified to ISO 9001 or a standard that is aligned with it, like AS9100 or IATF 16949, and you perform internal quality audits, then you should know this: For ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016, one of the top 10 clauses for registrar findings in 2019 was 9.2 Internal Audit. The IATF standard…

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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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Business Continuity, Health and Safety Tools and Resources

May 26, 2020

This pandemic challenges the resilience of every business, community and country.  As the process of reopening and mitigating the risks to health and safety begins, we would like to know what areas concern you and impact your organization. How are you adapting to the challenges? The survey and your responses to What COVID-19 issues keep…

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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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