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What happens if a company drops their ISO/TS 16949 certification, but still wants to maintain their automotive customers?

August 28, 2018

That’s a question that some automotive suppliers are facing as they weigh the various costs and options of meeting the requirements of the new IATF standard. Deanne Sparr, simpleQuE’s Vice President, has discussed this area of concern with a variety of companies who don’t feel they are ready to transition.  Some companies in this situation…

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Supplier Quality Audits – Do You Really Know Your Supplier?

August 27, 2018

Supplier quality audits – a way to examine and really know your suppliers.  Many factors contribute to making a company successful, from both internal and external perspectives. While you can certainly ensure the success of your internal operations, your external operations – such as your suppliers, external providers, and outsourced processes – can sometimes be…

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IATF 16949 Certification – The Automotive Quality Standard

August 27, 2018

IATF 16949 is the global standard recognized by the automotive industry. IATF 16949 defines the quality management system requirements (QMS) for the design and development, production assembly, installation and services of automotive-related products including products with embedded software. The focus of this standard and IATF16949 certification is the development of a QMS that provides for continual…

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Soar Above the Competition with AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120

August 24, 2018

Serving aerospace and defense manufacturers, suppliers and distributers since 2005, simpleQuE offers customized AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120, or ASA-100 (FAA AC00-56) consulting, internal auditing and training services. Our lead AS9100 series consultants are International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) certified lead auditors with aerospace experience and know what it takes to help clients achieve their goal of…

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Questions for Auditing Utilizing a Process Approach

August 23, 2018

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.  Review this checklist which covers the majority of the QMS requirements. Who or what are the: Processes Process Owner Personnel Interviewed Documentation Reviewed Records Sighted What…

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ISO 9001 Resources and Tools to Prepare for Certification

August 22, 2018

Many companies aren’t sure where to start when it comes to implementing ISO 9001 or a new quality management system, so ISO 9001 resources and tools are useful.  SimpleQuE has been around since 2005 and over the years, we’ve developed some tools for organizations to utilize to “make quality excellence simple”.  After all, that’s what…

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ISO 14001 Certification – Much More Than a Green Standard

August 21, 2018

When the ISO 14001 standard was initiated, it served as a guide for gauging and monitoring the activities of a company and its impact on the environment. ISO 14001 certification is now widely utilized by thousands of organizations around the globe to illustrate to the public and its constituents that it is environmentally responsible. As…

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What is ISO 9001 Certification and Why is it so Important?

August 20, 2018

The ISO 9001 standard exists to provide organizations with the opportunity to develop baseline quality management systems, improve processes and meet the needs of customers. Achieving ISO 9001 certification is an important step for manufacturers and service providers, as it emphasizes performance while proving a dedication to quality and customers. As ISO 9001 certification has…

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Rolling Out ISO 19011:2018 – Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems

August 14, 2018

ISO 19011:2018 was released in July, and the new revisions have truly transformed the contents of the standard. The changes, including most significantly a new risk-based auditing approach, recognize the importance of managing risk in any management system, as well as the marketplace. ISO 19011 provides guidelines for auditing management systems, enabling effective auditing across…

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SimpleQuE Attends Toyota’s 2018 Power of Exchange

August 13, 2018

Diversity drives Toyota which is why simpleQuE’s VP, Deanne Sparr, is at Toyota’s 2018 Power of Exchange – a unique supplier diversity and development conference for diverse businesses. This is a targeted networking event to gain and share knowledge and build relationships with current Toyota Tier I Suppliers like Dana Incorporated. Dana has 100+ facilities and 29,000 employees…

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