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MAQMSR vs IATF 16949®: Learn The Key Differences

May 28, 2021

Learn the 4 key differences between MAQMSR and IATF 16949® and which option is best for your company’s needs. 1) Who Would Benefit? MAQMSR (Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements) was written by FCA and Ford and is permitted as part of development toward IATF® certification. MAQMSR is geared for sub-tier suppliers that are deemed…

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

May 20, 2021

Part 4:  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…

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How to Gather, Communicate and Implement CSRs (Customer Specific Requirements)

How to Gather, Communicate and Implement CSRs (Customer Specific Requirements)

May 5, 2021

IATF 16949® and Customer Specific Requirements (CSRs) Part 3 of our automotive series explains how to gather, communicate and implement customer-specific requirements (CSRs).   For IATF 16949® registered companies, there is a keen awareness that CSRs play an important role in the quality management system (QMS).  CSRs are defined as “interpretations of or supplemental requirements linked…

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

April 27, 2021

In this article, we explore the various types of 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…

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Where Does it Say THAT?! – Frequently Overlooked IATF 16949® Requirements

April 22, 2021

Where does it say THAT?!  That’s a phrase that many auditors have probably heard.  As most organizations in the automotive supply chain are aware, IATF 16949® is a demanding standard.  With many requirements (comprising the entirety of ISO 9001, the IATF 16949® components, Sanctioned Interpretations, Core Tools, CSRs, etc.) the organization can feel a bit…

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The ISO 9001:2015 Certification Guide is Here and It’s Free!

April 9, 2021

SimpleQuE’s free Detailed Guide to ISO 9001 Certification is hot off the press (so to speak) and ready for download.  This helpful step-by-step guide by Jim Lee, gives valuable insight into what needs to be done to achieve and maintain ISO 9001:2015 certification.  If your company is looking to implement an ISO 9001 quality management…

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Qualities of an Internal Auditor

April 5, 2021

  To conduct an effective audit, an internal auditor should have these essential qualities and follow some basic auditing principals. Auditing Principles: Ethical conduct Fair presentation Due professional care Independence Process approach Qualities of an internal auditor: Ethical – fairness, sincerity, and honesty Open-minded – willing to consider alternative ideas Observant – actively observing surroundings Versatile…

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The Top 6 Barriers to ISO 9001 Certification and How to Remove Them

March 23, 2021

This article, by Jim Lee, focuses on the top barriers to ISO 9001 certification and provides some guidance on how to deal with those obstacles. “When we understand the real roadblocks holding us back, we can set our expectations and strategies to remove those roadblocks and move forward.” The Top ISO 9001 Challenges The most…

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Infographic – The Quality Connection

March 19, 2021

To understand the connection between the organization, consulting company and certification body when establishing a quality management system,  read our blog – The Quality Connection.

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The Quality Connection

March 19, 2021

  As an ISO consulting company, simpleQuE specializes in quality and environmental management systems and we are frequently asked what services we provide and how we are different from a certification body. This article explains the objectives, roles and responsibilities of the organization, consulting company and certification body to provide a better understanding of the…

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