STEM Is Here To Stay

 

Did you know that the average STEM wage is $38k higher than the national average of all wages? This is one of the many reasons that STEM is here, and it’s here to stay. Take a look at our infographic below to learn more.

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SimpleQuE Spotlight: Blake Russell

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What is your position and what do you do for simpleQuE?
Senior Director and I work with clients to implement and manage their ISO/AS Quality Management Systems and EMS Environmental Management Systems

What do you like most about working for simpleQuE?
simpleQue is an industry leader in providing ISO consulting and training services.

What is your greatest accomplishment – work or personal?
With my wife, we raised three beautiful daughters who are now intelligent, funny, and productive adults.

What is your favorite QMS standard and why?
ISO 9001 because I have worked with it for almost 30 years and understand how it improves a business.

What attracted you to SimpleQuE?
The leadership and their vision.

When you are not working, where can people find you?
Working around my home, exercising, mountain biking, and enjoying time with my wife.

What was your first job?
Ranch hand in Abilene, TX Continue reading “SimpleQuE Spotlight: Blake Russell”

AS9100 Change Announced

Big news for AS certified clients from the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), which is overseeing the writing and release of the new 2016 AS standards.  There is a significant change regarding the implementation and upgrade timing for companies required to transition to the new AS standards.

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After June 15, 2017 all AS audits must be to AS9100:2016, AS9110:2016 and AS9120:2016.  There will be no more audits to the current AS standards after that time.  Certified companies must upgrade on their regularly scheduled annual audit after June 15, 2017.  For example, if a company just had an annual audit June 20, 2016, then they must upgrade to the new standard during their June 20, 2017 audit.  Delaying transition until the June 2018 audit would not be an option.  The final transition audit deadline for the AS9100D series is June 15, 2018.

 

Planes, Change and Automobiles

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Tight Transition Timelines

Important updates regarding the Aerospace and Automotive industries were shared with SimpleQuE representatives attending the Smithers Quality Assessment’s annual conference on July 14th.  Speakers from the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) and International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) provided insight into the upcoming changes to the ISO/TS 16949 and AS9100 standards.  All are targeted for release in the last 4 months of this year, with certification bodies ready to audit to the new standards in the first quarter of 2017 for AS and possibly later for TS.  Transition timelines are going to be exceedingly tight.  Here are a few key takeaways:

ISO/TS 16949:2016

  • The IAOB recommends TS certified companies upgrade to ISO 9001:2015 now, prior to upgrading to TS. The benefit will be less audit days when upgrading to 16949:2016
  • The IATF is still working on how it can have more time beyond the September 15, 2018 expiration, before ISO/TS 16949:2009 expires and the 16949:2016 standard has to be implemented.
  • The IAOB was very careful not to say the new TS standard is based around ISO 9001:2015, but said it does follow the 10 clauses from Annex SL. They were also careful not to call the new standard ISO/TS 16949:2016.
  • There are only 4,353 active TS certificates in the US, down from a high of almost 6,000 prior to the recession.
  • OEM’s are raising the bar with the new TS standard and performance is key for the automotive supply chain.  (See our previous post – Shifting into High Gear for what we learned about the Rome, Italy meeting with TS stakeholders earlier this year.  Many things are still changing from that meeting, so expect differences with the final release.)

AS9100:2016

  • AS is accelerating requirements to upgrade. After June 15, 2017 no certification body can perform audits to the current AS standards.  After 6/15/17 all scheduled surveillance and recertification audits must be to the new 2016 standard.
  • This prevents companies from waiting until the last minute to upgrade because there are a limited number of AS certification body auditors and it would not be possible to get everyone upgraded near the deadline.
  • There is concern regarding the extremely tight timelines. Companies have a shorter amount of time to retrain internal auditors, conduct audits, do a new management review, and get upgraded at the next scheduled audit after 6/15/17.  Watch for simpleQuE’s aerospace training on the new standard.
  • Here are two scenarios of the new timing requirements communicated by SQA:
    • If your last registrar audit was June 1, 2016 then you could delay upgrading to your June 2018 annual audit.
    • If your last registrar audit was June 21, 2016 then you must upgrade during your June 2017 annual audit, and have no choice to delay until 2018.

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9001 Questions with Larry the ISO Guy

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Quality check…make that six questions! We recently sat down with Larry, vice president of simpleQuE and resident ISO expert. Larry has been with simpleQuE since 2007. In addition to his duties at simpleQuE, he continues to perform third-party audits for multiple certification bodies and is a course instructor for ASQ and ACLASS. Continue reading “9001 Questions with Larry the ISO Guy”