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.

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Supplier Quality Audits – Do You Really Know Your Supplier?

Binders with papers are waiting to be processed by bookkeepers back in blur. Accounting planning budget, audit, insurance and business concept.

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 a riskier situation.

In order to continue operating an efficient quality management system, it is vital that your relationship with your suppliers and external providers is strong and reliable. And in order to maintain that relationship, it is just as important to sometimes perform a supply chain audit to determine what is working and what areas need improvement. Especially when risks or problems drive the need for supplier audits of their quality systems.  

A supplier audit from simpleQuE can go above and beyond other auditing processes, and certainly beyond ISO and good manufacturing practices. When it comes to your relationship with suppliers, our audits can provide a number of services:

  • Problematic supplier assessments
  • Sourcing evaluations
  • Ongoing supply chain strategy assessments and audits
  • Corporate quality audits
  • Assistance in the monitoring and closeout of corrective actions
  • Improving your company’s measures of effectiveness
  • Training

Our supplier quality audits and corrective actions will drive supplier development, and allow you to resolve both supplier quality and internal issues more effectively. 

With supplier quality experts from Fortune 100 companies, simpleQuE has the auditing expertise and certified resources to offer true value to your business. Whether you need help with problematic supplier assessments, sourcing evaluations, ongoing supply chain strategy assessments and audits, automotive 2nd party audits (including MAQMSR – Minimum Automotive Quality Management System Requirements), or corporate quality audits – simpleQuE can deliver.  Contact us to discuss a customized strategy.

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

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

ASA AFRA Annual Conference 2018

The Aging Workforce and Transfer of Knowledge

At this year’s ASA/AFRA Conference, Mr. Boyd Parsons, GM Excellence of Air Canada Maintenance shared some tips on how ACM has addressed the labor shortage in the industry and efforts to attract and engage millennials.  Employee training is held to improve skills and satisfy regulatory and ISO/AS/ASA standards’ transfer of knowledge requirements. Organizations must take into account their aging workforce’s “tribal knowledge” and technological advances to effectively tailor their training programs. Companies could boost their training programs with increased industry awareness to high school students, college coop programs, apprenticeships, and internships in addition to on-the-job training knowledge transfer. A community of experience and evidence-based information sharing should prove to be effective to integrate a multi-generational workforce with advanced technology and traditional learning techniques.

Photo credits: Mr. Boyd Parsons, GM Excellence, Air Canada Maintenance

It’s Almost Here! – 2018 ASA/AFRA Conference

We are just a few days away from the 2018 Aviation Suppliers Assn. (ASA)/Aircraft Fleet Recycling Assn. (AFRA) Conference which begins Sunday, June 24th and ends Tuesday, June 26th. This conference is one of the largest for the aviation distributor industry and draws aviation professionals worldwide with a range of business development and management, quality assurance, legal/regulatory and general industry topics. We always look forward to attending this conference where we have the opportunity to interact with aviation professionals from around the world.

This year’s conference will be held at OMNI Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and feature keynote speakers Robert Taylor, SVP Technical – Apollo Aviation, Jim Lundeen, Head of Supplier Support – Airbus Americas, and Adam Pilarski Ph.D., SVP – AVITAS. In addition to these keynote speakers, SimpleQuE President, Jim Lee, will be presenting three workshops, two for third party auditors (on Saturday prior to the conference). Topics include:

  • June 23 – Auditor Training:
    Third party aerospace and ISO auditors will learn how to understand and audit operational risks (clause 8.1.1) in the aerospace standards (AS9100D and AS9110C) versus risk management (clause 6.1) in the ISO 9001 and AS9120B standards.
  • June 23 – Auditor Training:
    This training teaches third party aerospace and ISO auditors how to audit quality objectives, which pulls in context, policy and strategic direction.
  • June 25 – Strategic Direction, Quality Policy and Quality Objectives: A Three-Course Meal of Quality Planning:
    This workshop covers the interrelationship between a company’s context, strategic direction, quality policy and quality objectives. It applies to companies trying to get certified to ISO or AS, or are trying to make their quality systems more practical.

Look for highlights from the conference next week on our social media platforms and in the coming weeks we’ll have our conference recap here on the blog where we will be sharing Jim Lee’s workshop presentations which will be available for download. Stay tuned!

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.

Congratulations on Successful Certification!

AeroDyne WorldWide – AS9120B
Allied Motion – ISO 14001:2015
American Micro Industries, Inc. – IATF 16949:2016 and AS9100D
Arrowhead Industries Corp. – IATF 16949:2016
Asahi Forge of America Corp. – ISO 9001:2015
Batesville Products, Inc. – ISO 9001:2015
BHC (Brulin Holding Company) – ISO 9001:2015
FireCraft Safety Products– ISO 9001:2015
Harvard Steel Sales/Harvard Coil Processing – ISO 9001:2015
Hilton Software – AS9100D
Hocker Tool and Die, Inc. – ISO 9001:2015
Jasper Rubber Products, Inc. – IATF 16949:2016
Knight Ergonomics and Assembly Systems, Inc. – ISO 9001:2015
KSM Metal Fabrication – AS9100D
Materion Corp. (6 sites)   –  AS9100D
Meteor Sealing Systems, LLC – IATF 16949:2016
Robin Industries Development Center (RDC) – IATF 16949:2016
Shamrock Technologies, Inc. – ISO 9001:2015
Silfex, Inc. – ISO 9001:2015
Superior Battery Manufacturing Co. – IATF 16949:2016

Congratulations to the entire Die Craft Team!

Founded in 1970, Die Craft Machining and Engineering is a certified ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR Compliant corporation offering precision CNC machining fabrication, assembly and industrial repair services to support general industry in the greater Cincinnati area.  A broad range of machinery, combined with their talented workforce, allows them to service a variety of clients in Aerospace, Chemical, Defense, General Contracting, Food Processing, Paper, Rail Transportation, Steel and Utilities Industries steel, paper and pulp, chemical and construction.

Die Craft’s partnership with simpleQuE began in 2013 with a gap analysis to determine the actions necessary to implement ISO 9001. It was followed with consulting, training and guidance to support their efforts for successful ISO 9001:2008 certification.  SimpleQuE continued in the following years performing their internal audits.  In 2016 Die Craft began the transition to ISO 9001:2015 with a gap assessment by simpleQuE consultant, Don Milinkovich.  The quality team at Die Craft worked on the action plan and in October 2017 Don performed a validation audit to evaluate the quality management system against requirements for the new standard.  Success!  Die Craft passed their audit with Eagle Certifications Group to and transitioned to ISO 9001:2015.

What makes Die Craft stand out from the rest?  A philosophy that is centered on a partnering culture, delivering the complete approach for an unparalleled commitment to their customers’ success.  Die Craft can reverse engineer old parts as well as develop new solutions.  Analyzing every part that comes in the door for improvements is a regular part of the service they provide. Whether it’s customized services/products or engineering support, Die Craft’s long-term focus, through industry and knowledge-based planning, allows them to deliver cost effective solutions, reduce manufacturing lead times and improve quality.