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.

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Congratulations to MPC, Inc and Knight Ergonomics!

Recognizing quality and the teams of two simpleQuE clients who share news of their successful certification.
MPC, Inc. (Walworth, WI + 7 sites) – IATF 16949:2016 Certified
From left:  Sommer Gramly – Quality Engineer, Alexis VanVleet – Quality Systems Coordinator, April Keller – APQP Engineer, Jay Graveen – Corporate Quality Manager, Steve Leathers – Plant Manager Bldg #2, Not pictured:  Tracy Apfel – Internal Audit Administrator
Knight Ergonomics & Assembly Systems, Inc. (Brecksville, OH) – ISO 9001:2015 Certified
Team Knight Ergonomics

SimpleQuE Associate Spotlight – Megan Genet

We are thrilled to highlight one of our newest team members, Megan Genet, a Project Manager here at simpleQuE. Read on to get to know more about Megan’s background, interests, and favorite things about working at simpleQuE.

What is your position and what do you do for simpleQuE?
My career at SimpleQuE is Project Manager. My main focus is to monitor and manage our many consulting projects.

How long have you worked for simpleQuE?
I have been working at simpleQuE for five months.

What do you like most about working for simpleQuE?
The team! We are all very supportive of each other and we often come together to share ideas. Each one of us brings something special to the company.  

What is your favorite QMS standard and why?
I’ve studied the ISO/TS and now IATF over the past six years. I really respect the standard and I know the hard work and determination a client must put into having a automotive certificate.

What attracted you to simpleQuE?
The thought of helping companies start their quality systems and providing them the confidence to get it done made me feel like I could make a difference.

What is your favorite part of the day?
I love the morning. All is still quiet and I love to sip my coffee and prepare for my day.

What was your first job?
At 16 I started at a local outdoor lighting manufacturer. They really took me under their wing and through the 13 years I was there I was able to experience every aspect of a manufacturing business. I held many different roles which I believe gave me a good stepping stone into a career in quality.

What is your hometown?
I was born and raised in Norton, Ohio and now I raise my family in the same town.

What is your favorite sports team?
I always root for the home team! Go Cavs, Indians and Browns.

If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
I would have to say teleportation because I would have the ability to do what I want, when I want. If I want the best pasta I can go to Italy, if it’s Winter in Ohio I can pop over to a beach in the Bahamas, I’m bored on a Saturday I can shoot down to Disney World.

Thinking back over your career, what is the professional accomplishment you are most proud of achieving and why?
Achieving my lead ISO 9001:2015 certification was the highlight of my career. The years I spent in quality and all the studying of the standard lead me to that accomplishment.

Client satisfaction is pinnacle to your background. What are your client-focused approaches to simpleQuE?
In the world of technology, I still believe person to person conversation is key to customer service. I like to pick up the phone and speak to people. By doing so you grow a great working relationships with your customers.
 
Explain how simpleQuE is different from their competition.
Our name says it all “simple”. SimpleQuE strives for simplicity, efficiency and sustained value when approaching a client’s system.

How would other people describe you in three words?
Helpful, determined, and funny.

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.

Congratulations!

These ISO 9001:2015 certified companies recognize the value of implementing and maintaining a Quality Management System. Congratulations from our team at simpleQuE to your team, we’re pleased with your success and to have provided consulting services along the way!

Batesville Products, Inc. – ISO 9001:2015

From Left:  Trevor Bovard, Plant Manager and Matt Scholl, Purchasing Agent

BHC (Brulin Holding Company) – ISO 9001:2015

BHC Office Staff

BHC (Brulin Holding Company) – ISO 9001:2015

BHC Plant Staff

Silfex – ISO 9001:2015

Quality Team

Associate Spotlight – Kimberly Roan

We are excited to introduce one of our newest team members, Kimberly Roan, a simpleQuE consultant.  Kimberly brings not only years of experience, but a great curiosity and drive to find the best solutions for our customers.  Here’s more on Kimberly:

What is your position and what do you do for simpleQuE?
I am a consultant for simpleQuE and I consult with clients, perform internal audits, and teach on site training on automotive QMS topics.

What do you like most about working for simpleQuE?
This is an opportunity to make a difference.  Every day I get to help clients identify issues and improve processes.  Sustained process improvements lead to greater customer satisfaction and improved effectiveness and efficiency in the organizations we work for.

What is your favorite QMS standard and why?
My favorite QMS standard is ISO 9001:2015.  This standard builds the foundation of an effective QMS and is the cornerstone for a series of important industry QMS standards.

What attracted you to simpleQuE?
Top managers who understand QMS development and believe in simple, sustainable, and value added quality management solutions.

What expertise do you bring to simpleQuE’s clients?
I spent 17 years in automotive and was always involved in auditing both first and second party and spent many years participating in 3rd party audits and acting as the management rep. If I could draw you a picture, I would show you a pyramid that includes a 17 year work experience – base, and approximately 8 year formal education – middle, and a 3 year certified auditor – crown. The large sections of the pyramid underpin everything I knew to make me an effective auditor. With this balanced experience I can provide clients with answers from a company management perspective, an internal auditor perspective and a third party auditor perspective. Every day I use the whole pyramid but the biggest part of it will always be my work experience.

What was your first job?
My first automotive job was part time administrative assistant for an engineering team at Saturn.  My first job ever was doing office work for a neighbor in direct sales at the age of 12 to 13.

Have met…
John Glenn, in an elevator at a Marriott hotel.  We talked about Harley Davidsons and how he wouldn’t get one now because he promised his wife he was done with high risk activities.

Where did you go to college?
Baker College of Flint for my Mechanical Engineering degree and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for a Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in organizational leadership.

What is your hometown?
Cadillac, MI

Would love…
To visit the hometowns of my great grandparents in Germany.

My hidden talent is…
Slow racing my VT1100

What is your favorite sports team?
Let’s go Red Wings!!!

What advice would you give to a new college graduate entering the technology industry?
Learn something new every day and do something good with what you learn as often as you can.

Explain how simpleQuE is different from their competition.

SimpleQuE is different because they focus on simple solutions to meeting complex QMS requirements.  The company supports a value added approach to meeting requirements.

Where do you see simpleQuE the next five years?
SimpleQuE will grow to become the leading QMS consulting firm and they will continue to support the success of their clients.

How would other people describe you in three words?
Independent, tenacious, and helpful.

Congratulations to Meteor, FireCraft Safety, American Micro, and Pentair

Congratulations from our team at simpleQuE to the companies that have worked so hard to earn their certifications!  It was a long road, but worth all the meetings, training, internal audits, updating of procedures and documents, and conversations about quality and risk.  We’re proud to have played a part in their successful transition/implementation to these quality standards.

FireCraft Safety Products – ISO 9001:2015

Photo from left – Toni Gill, CFO; Tom Lochner, President; Tom McCoy, Director of Sales; and Don Milinkovich, simpleQuE Consultant

Meteor Sealing Systems LLC – IATF 16949:2016

Photo from left – Thorsten Conrad, Vice President – Meteor Sealing Systems LLC;  Masahiko Ito, Managing Director – Toyoda Gosei Meteor GmbH; Deanne Sparr, Vice President – SimpleQuE; Ryan Ayers, Quality Manager – Meteor Sealing Systems LLC

American Micro – AS9100:2016 and IATF 16949:2016

Photo from left –  Matt Gilbert, QE;  Evan Smartnik, QE;  Sheila Floyd, Purchasing Supervisor;  Michael Shelton, Process Engineer; Ryan Siebe, Production Manager;  Rob Berger, Production Supervisor;  John Woods, Engineering Manager;  Kevin Neal, Quality Manager;  Harold Williams, Production Supervisor;  Greg Stamper, Production Supervisor;  Rita Gragg, SQE

Pentair – ISO 9001:2015

Photo from left – Peggy Jones, Quality Manager; Gregg Swint;  Dave Christine;  Matt DeHart;  Kayla Smith; Ed Henricksen

Lauren Manufacturing Achieves Quality and Environmental Management System Certifications

Congratulations!  Lauren Manufacturing (New Philadelphia, Ohio), a Lauren International company, received ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 (environmental) certifications from Eagle Certification Group.  Since 1965 the company has grown from a seal and gasket manufacturer to a sophisticated business supply partner for leading OEMs, engineers and builders and to industries around the globe including automotive, agriculture, window and door, HVAC, renewable energy, lighting and more.  With facilities in Ohio and Michigan, total quality management is the foundation of their entire organization. To ensure quality materials are used for every customer application, they mix and test their own materials on site. They also design and build process equipment in-house to ensure products are manufactured to exact specifications.  Lauren’s adherence to lean manufacturing principles prevents defects and maximizes value for their customers from product design to delivery.

In addition, the company is committed to environmental management requirements and complies with regulations by local, state and federal agencies.  With EMS risks and opportunities identified, Lauren’s leadership planned objectives to address them. Each objective has a responsible person or team assigned with action item plans for achieving the EMS intended results.  These objectives and targets were communicated across the organization and are monitored and evaluated for status/progress updates to ensure continual improvement of the EMS and enhance environmental performance.

To assist with the transition to the new ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 standards, simpleQuE consultants began working with Lauren in early 2017, providing a gap analysis and support in preparation for their external audit in November 2017.  Originally, the company which is currently ISO/TS 16949 (automotive) certified, had thought they would also transition to the new IATF 16949 standard.  However, due to the complexities and numerous requirements of the new standard, it was determined that Lauren Manufacturing could meet their automotive customer’s requirements with MAQMSR and CQI-19 audits and compliance.  SimpleQuE consultants continue to work with Lauren to meet those objectives and to ensure that their reputation is built upon trust, service, innovation and quality.

Impact Label – Making a Lasting Impact

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Congratulations to Impact Label Corporation for achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification! Impact Label leaves a lasting impact with their custom labels, panels, overlays and tags for industrial and consumer applications. The company has been a West Michigan product identification provider since 1964. Customer driven and quality focused, Impact Label is continually striving for zero defects by encouraging team members to use scientific problem solving methods and empowering them to stop the production process when necessary in order to build quality the first time, ensuring consistent results.

ISO certification was a way to further ensure their quality objectives were met.  Working with simpleQuE consultant, Karen Spencer, who performed a gap analysis of the quality management system, the Impact Label team worked their way through the action plan to be sure they were ready for their certification audit with DQS, Inc.  Good work and congratulations!