Materion – Advanced Material Solutions for Aerospace

Congratulations to Materion and their corporate headquarters in Mayfield Heights, OH for achieving AS9100D (Aerospace) certification along with 6 US sites located in OH, IL, MI and PA. Founded in 1931, the company serves customers in more than 50 countries with locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide.

The company develops and manufactures highly engineered advanced materials across a wide range of markets, including electronics, defense and science, automotive electronics, telecommunications infrastructure, medical and energy, industrial and aerospace.

Materion understands that few environments are harsher than those encountered in aerospace applications. Extremes in temperature, friction and vibration can threaten the integrity of mission-critical components, so they offer a host of high performance materials and specialty alloys designed to address those aerospace challenges.  

Materion also recognizes the importance of maintaining a strong aerospace quality management system. In 2014 they began outsourcing their AS9100 internal audits to simpleQuE and two years later began multi-site transition to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 with the support of several simpleQuE consultants.  In 2018 they achieved certification through Bureau Veritas – we are proud of their success and presented each site with a congratulatory plaque.

Materion Beryllium & Composites
Quality Team – Elmore, OH

 

Materion Performance Alloys
Quality Team – Lorain, OH with simpleQuE consultant Jen Briese
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November 2018 Automotive News

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In November, Cherie Reiche of the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) announced that the release of the revised Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) manual has been pushed out to the end of 1st or early 2nd quarter 2019.  This AIAG and VDA-QMC collaboration will eventually revise all of the core tools.

Also this month, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has approved two additional Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs 14 and 15) related to IATF 16949:2016, deleted two previously released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs 10 and 18), and approved a new Rules 5th Edition Sanctioned Interpretations (SIs 6 and 7). The approved SIs for IATF 16949:2016 are related to sections 3.1 and 9.2.2.2; these are effective January 2019. Deleted FAQ 10, 8.4.2.3.1 related to embedded software is obsolete due to SI 15; deleted FAQ 18, 9.2.2.2 related to quality management system audits is obsolete due to SI 14. The approved SIs for Rules 5th Edition are related to section 4.5 and section 1.0, which are effective on 12 November 2018. (SIs alter the existing published requirements of the IATF 16949:2016 standard and Rules 5th Edition. Frequently Asked Questions clarify an existing requirement.)

Janesville Acoustics Successfully Transitions to IATF 16949

Janesville Acoustics, a unit of Jason Incorporated, was founded in 1874 to manufacture cotton rolls and batting for the furniture industry. Janesville shifted to the transportation market with the rise of mass-produced automobiles, and today with more than 1,000 employees, is one of the world’s largest producers of acoustical fiber insulation to a variety of automotive applications.

Janesville operates as a Tier I and Tier II supplier to the automotive and transportation industry worldwide and leads the industry in fiber expertise and manufacturing capabilities. Janesville’s quality, performance, and functionality benchmarks serve as the performance reference for fiber-based acoustical applications worldwide.

SimpleQuE’s partnership with Janesville began in 2011 with ISO/TS 16949 training and consulting.  From those early days at their headquarters in Southfield, Michigan to today, the relationship has expanded to include their 6 US sites and annual internal audits.  Through the last two years, simpleQuE Consultant and V.P., Deanne Sparr, has worked with Janesville’s quality teams and leadership to prepare them for the successful transition to IATF 16949 through Eagle Certification Group at all 6 locations.

“The transition period from ISO/TS 16949 to IATF 16949 was a bit overwhelming and confusing. SimpleQuE helped ease the pressure of the transition period by clarifying and assisting in implementation of the new Standard’s requirements.  SimpleQuE has a phenomenal team of qualified (IATF, ISO, EMS) trained auditors with a wealth of expertise and knowledge in manufacturing. The entire team has been very instrumental in my company’s continued success in maintaining an effective QMS.” – Wanda Miller, Corporate Quality Manager – Janesville Acoustics

Serving customers like Chrysler, GM, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen, Janesville’s employees take pride in producing innovative products and solutions that are cost-effective, recyclable, weight conscious, and engineered to the highest quality standards.  Congratulations to all the teams at Janesville on their successful IATF 16949 certification!

 

Janesville Acoustics – Southfield, Michigan

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Matt Van Ruiten – Sr. Program Manager, Wanda Miller- Corporate Quality Manager, Likith Manjegowda – Cost Estimator, Sandra Dorfman – Director of Purchasing, Michael Duckworth – Commodity Manager, Mitchell Davis – Program Manager, Glen Desjardins – Account Manager, Dave Reed – R&D Laboratory Manager, Patrick Connor – Regional Controller, Jeffery Smith – Director, Human Resources, Tyler Rule – Applications Engineer, Fred Rheinlander – VP, Sales & Business Development

Congratulations to the Amatec Micro-Poise Team!

Amatec Micro-Poise (Streetsboro, Ohio) – ISO 9001:2015 Certified

Micro-Poise Measurement Systems (a business unit of Amatec, Inc.) provides a complete line of high performance production and laboratory equipment used by manufactures globally to meet their test, measurement and inspection requirements.  This equipment allows customers in the Tire, Wheel, and Automotive industries to assess and correct the balance, uniformity and geometry of tires, wheels, tire & wheels assemblies, power train components, and other products. 

Recognizing the value of a solid quality management system, Amatec Micro-Poise began working with simpleQuE consultant, Jen Briese in March 2018 to implement ISO 9001. By July they passed their certification audit with Smithers Quality Assessments with no findings.  It’s evident this team works hard to provide exceptional craftsmanship with every machine they build.  And by designing and manufacturing quality products, they will always strive to exceed their customers’ expectations.

Coming Soon: Core Tools – an International Collaboration – By Kim Roan

On the heels of the revision of ISO/TS 16949 to IATF 16949, the AIAG (USA) and VDA-QMC (Germany) are collaborating to improve the automotive Core Tools.  These Core Tools are the building blocks of an effective quality management system and include Advanced Product Quality Planning & Control Plan (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), and Statistical Process Control (SPC). Their starting point, aimed at improving risk assessment automotive industry wide, is the FMEA manual.

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) was established in 1982 and the German Industry Automotive Assn. (VDA-QMC) in 1997.  Each organization serves as the IATF oversite office in their respective country. Both organizations serve the automotive industry by standardizing publications for the industry and by providing automotive industry training.

Currently suppliers to both North American and German OEMs are required to use different FMEA rating tables for severity, occurrence, and detection.  This has created confusion and related frustration for both suppliers and OEMs. The primary goal of the current collaboration is to revise the rating tables to provide a common rating scale for risk accepted by all German and North American OEMs.  The secondary goal is to update the manual in areas that need revision to support risk analysis and harmonize the documents overall. This is a great opportunity to combine the strengths from each FMEA manual with improved risk assessment tools that will support the advancing technology of the automotive industry.

The targeted release of the revised FMEA manual is December 2018 followed by OEM release of their customer specific requirements to support the changes.  AIAG and VDA-QMC plan further collaboration to continue harmonization and update of all automotive core tools manuals. These tools have proved so useful that they have also been adopted by the aerospace and defense manufacturing sectors. SimpleQuE has been preparing for the changes and developing the training needed for companies to implement the updated FMEA requirements.  Let our automotive experts partner with you as you roll out your FMEA upgrades to meet automotive customer demand and take your FMEA risk analysis to a higher level.

About the author:  Kim Roan has completed her undergrad in Mechanical Engineering and her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership.  Kim is a simpleQuE consultant with over 20 years automotive industry experience with 11 years working for a German automotive supplier in the USA and experience supplying OEMs in North America, Germany and Asia across the years of her career.

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

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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 that kept the IATF scope and continued with the certification audit, under the new IATF Rules, found that the auditor is not permitted to stop the audit and is allowed to write as many findings as needed.  This resulted in IATF audits having over 30+ findings that all then need resolved within 90 days.

Deanne explains, “In this situation, it would be preferable to have an assessment to ISO 9001:2015 only.  By achieving ISO 9001:2015 with this upgrade, you will be meeting the minimum requirements of IATF (clause 8.4.2.3) so customers can continue to source to you.  On the other hand, with any major findings from an IATF audit, your status in the automotive supplier database may affect the ability of automotive customers to source to you during that time.”

To satisfy a company’s automotive customers, Deanne recommends implementing MAQMSR.  This is the Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements for sub-tier suppliers.  It was written by FCA and Ford and is permitted as part of development toward IATF certification with the IATF mandating customers’ approval. (Refer to IATF Sanctioned Interpretation #8.) This is an especially beneficial and cost effective approach for small sub-tier businesses, and for organizations with a diverse portfolio containing a small percentage of automotive business.  Compliance to this standard also satisfies the intent of an automotive supplier to develop and pursue the automotive requirements.  This translates to less risk for automotive customers to use you over a competitor who only has ISO, according to the new IATF requirements (clause 8.4.2.3) that they must now follow.

SimpleQuE has a 4-step consulting approach to assist companies with MAQMSR compliance.  The first step consists of a gap analysis to review the current system and match it to the requirements of MAQMSR.  Next, any gaps found are incorporated into a project plan or action list.  Based on the gaps and level of internal resources, you may opt to manage the project plan to close the gaps or allow one of our simpleQue automotive industry experts to guide you through the process.  Following completion of the MAQMSR compliance process simpleQuE has IATF certified auditors who can perform the MAQMSR compliance audit (steps 3 and/or 4).  Upon completion of the audit and closing of findings, simpleQuEwill issue your company a letter of compliance to MAQMSR that can be shared with potential and current customers.  Certification to ISO 9001 with compliance to MAQMSR will help your company retain current automotive business and increase biding opportunities for new automotive business.

Contact us regarding your management system needs.  SimpleQuE has helped many single and multi-site manufacturing companies who struggled with the ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 standard upgrades.  Let us help you find a customized and effective solution to update and advance your management system in a way that makes sense for your organization.

IATF 16949 Certification – The Automotive Quality Standard

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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 improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of waste in the supply chain. Combined with applicable Customer Specific Requirements, IATF 16949 is also fully aligned with the structure and requirements of ISO 9001:2015 which was designed to assure effective quality management systems for manufacturing and service industries around the world.

The Characteristics of IATF 16949 Certification

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force, IATF 16949 has a variety of automotive industry-specific features, including:

  • Defect prevention
  • Reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain
  • Customer focus and satisfaction
  • Identification of risks and problems in the production process
  • Management of resources
  • Product realization
  • Responsibility of management
  • Measurement, analysis and improvement

There are over 68,000 suppliers worldwide which currently have ISO/TS 16949 or IATF16949:2016 certification.  The standard can be used by any supplier, large or small who manufacture customer-specified production parts, service parts, and/or accessory parts.

 

How do you cross the finish line to become IATF Certified?

If you’re searching for an IATF 16949:2016 consultant, our team at simpleQuE is well positioned to support your IATF 16949 and MAQMSR consulting (Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements), certification, maintenance, training and internal auditing needs. Our consultants are qualified, certified, competent and are experts on the automotive standards, customer specific requirements, and AIAG or VDA core tools. In addition, many are current or former 3rd party auditors who bring valuable insight because of the knowledge gained from auditing for certification bodies.

SimpleQuE also offers a full line-up of IATF 16949 training courses which includes AIAG and VDA Core Tools, Root Cause Analysis and Problem Solving, Requirements and Implementation.  With IATF also putting a major focus on internal auditor competency, it is essential to have IATF 16949 Internal Auditor Training. Our IATF 16949 auditor training utilizes the process audit approach. Contact us to learn more about the customized services offered to match your certification and training needs.

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

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 been adopted across a wide range of industries, the standards have been altered to fit specific industry requirements. From the automotive and aerospace industries to telecommunications companies, laboratory settings, medical device manufacturers and more, each industry has adopted its own set of standards that all derive from the basic principles of the ISO 9000 series.

What are the Benefits of ISO 9001 Certification?
There are a variety of advantages to having ISO 9001 certification. It creates a more efficient, effective operation for a company, if implemented properly, and also improves employee awareness and motivation, and increases customer satisfaction. Here are some additional reasons to get ISO 9001 certified:

  • Client Requirements – More and more customers are demanding that their vendors be certified. If your business doesn’t meet this criteria you could be losing out on sales.
  • Increased Revenue – Studies show that ISO 9001 certified organizations are paid 7% more on average, have better sales growth and an improved ROA. (source: iso.org)
  • Reduce Waste – By establishing the rigor of an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, you can reduce inefficiency and make the most of your business’ time and resources.
  • Brand Image – Maintaining quality in your organization minimizes the chance of a slip up or error that could hurt your reputation.
  • Manage Risk – ISO 9001:2015 is all about managing risk. By adopting these standards you will learn how to best identify and mitigate threats to your business model.

Most importantly, as your company grows, becoming certified is vital to fostering continued success in the future.

SimpleQuE – ISO 9001 Certification Experts

SimpleQuE (an ISO 9001 certified company) assists organizations with implementation, improvement or transition of the standards by providing customized ISO 9000 consulting, training and internal auditing services and solutions. Contact us for more information or to hire an ISO 9001 consultant.

SimpleQuE Attends Toyota’s 2018 Power of Exchange

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 in 34 countries making it one of the world’s most influential automotive suppliers.

Over the years, a relationship was developed with Dana and in 2013 simpleQuE won the opportunity to perform IATF 16949:2009 internal audits for the Dana site in Auburn Hills, MI. That opportunity has expanded to now include internal audits and/or IATF 16949:2016 transition consulting at 10 more Dana facilities in OH, PA, IN, TN and KY. Seven of the eleven sites have already successfully transitioned to IATF 16949!

At simpleQuE we like to challenge what looks to be impossible and make quality excellence “simple.”