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AS9003B – Inspection and Test Quality Systems Requirements is Published as “Stabilized”

January 6, 2022

  The AS9003 standard specifies Inspection and Test Quality Systems Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations.  AS9003 has less stringent requirements compared to AS9100, and its intent is to define a quality inspections system, not a QMS (quality management system). AS9003 is an America’s-only standard that is intended for companies that make non-complex products…

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Are you in the aerospace engine supply chain? Then AS13100 and AS9145 apply to you.

January 5, 2022

Are you in the aerospace engine supply chain?  Then AS13100 and AS9145 apply to you. The flying public expects zero defects from its airplane engines. There are tremendous supply chain quality risks, and the aerospace engine manufacturers (GE, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, and Safran) and their major suppliers have completed new standards to ensure improved…

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

December 7, 2021

SimpleQuE’s client case studies provide insight into a company’s motivation to become AS, IATF or ISO certified, the challenges they faced, and the solutions to successfully achieve and maintain Quality Management System (QMS) certification. Background Founded in 1960, Ken-Tron Manufacturing, Inc. is a metal stampings and drawn wire company located in Owensboro, Kentucky.  In 1995…

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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

Maintaining a Sustainable Quality Management System (QMS) PROBLEM FACED James Geron, Quality Manager, of Muncy Corportation emphasized, “The biggest problem we had was getting people to do internal audits, because we don’t live and breathe the standard like your auditors do. It was a logistics nightmare for me and the rest of the company to…

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World Quality Week 2021 – Sustainability: Improving Our Products, People and Planet

November 10, 2021

World Quality Week 2021 is in full swing to celebrate the quality management profession.  This year’s theme – Sustainability: improving our products, people and planet – is so appropriate for our current times and one that will serve companies well into the future.  From November 8-12 CQI (Chartered Quality Institute) has created a program and…

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How YSK Corporation Achieved IATF 16949® and ISO 14001 Certifications

November 3, 2021

YSK Corporation an IATF 16949® and ISO 14001 Case Study   BACKGROUND YSK Corporation, located in Chillicothe, Ohio, is part of the Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Industry. Founded in 1989, this Japanese-owned company (headquartered in Fuchu, Tokyo) is one of 26 companies worldwide in the YSK Yanagawa Seiki corporate family.  YSK Corp. specializes in the…

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A Spirit of Cooperation – How the South Became the New Automotive Corridor

October 27, 2021

SimpleQuE was an exhibitor at the 2021 Southern Automotive Conference (SAC) in Birmingham, Alabama October 13-15, 2021, where the theme was “Made in the South”.  That has become more evident over the last 3 decades as manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Mazda, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (a new joint venture), Honda, Kia, Nissan, Hyundai, Tesla, BMW, PACCAR,…

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Electrify Your QMS! – Highlights from the 2021 AIAG Quality Summit and IATF® Updates

October 25, 2021

2021 AIAG Quality Summit and IATF® Updates Participants from 25 countries, along with SimpleQuE’s Shirley Kennedy, attended the 2021 AIAG Quality Summit virtually on October 5 – 6.  The range of topics included Quality 4.0, remote audits, updates from IAOB and the OEMs, the trends for electric and autonomous vehicles, and the rapid transformation of…

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Motus – IATF 16949® Case Study

October 7, 2021

Motus Integrated Technologies – IATF 16949® Case Study CHALLENGE Janesville Fiber Solutions (a unit of Motus Integrated Technologies) is one of the world’s largest producers of acoustical and thermal fiber insulation. Recognizing its environmental responsibility, Motus focuses on the continuous development of environmentally friendly fiber solutions. Their core product ingredient is recycled fiber and the…

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