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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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Automotive Restart – Remaining Compliant to IATF 16949

May 1, 2020

Part 1 of our series focuses on automotive restart and the importance of remaining compliant to IATF 16949.  We begin with the 4 M’s of your processes and consider the IATF 16949 requirements during this restart process. Materials:  The conventional wisdom indicates that supply chain disruptions will be evident during this restart activity (a few…

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Automotive Restart – The Road to Recovery

May 1, 2020

The automotive industry is ready to restart on the road to recovery. During this challenging recovery period, simpleQuE shares some thoughts and considerations concerning the restart of the automotive industry.  GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler may be ready to restart U.S. production on May 18. Toyota is targeting the week of May 11.  VW is…

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AS9100 Standards Major and Minor Nonconformances for 2019

April 30, 2020

Click on the chart  to see the full image of AS91XX Major and Minor Nonconformances by clause. These top 10 minor/major combined findings from 2019 for all the AS91XX aerospace standards (AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120) were collected from certification body audits in the Americas sector.  This data from the IAQG-OASIS database represents about 50% of…

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work – April 28

April 28, 2020

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on April 28 and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. The ILO’s campaign for 2020 recognizes the challenges that governments, employers, workers and communities worldwide are…

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