Supplier Quality Audits – Do You Really Know Your Supplier?

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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.

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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.

Soar Above the Competition with AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120

Serving aerospace and defense manufacturers, suppliers and distributers since 2005, simpleQuE offers customized AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120, or ASA-100 (FAA AC00-56) consulting, internal auditing and training services.

Our lead AS9100 series consultants are International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) certified lead auditors with aerospace experience and know what it takes to help clients achieve their goal of establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving their Quality Management System. As 3rd party auditors for registrars they have first-hand knowledge of what is required to pass an AS9100 certification assessment.

Using this knowledge and experience along with the required tools and techniques, all of our clients have had successful AS9100 certification audits on their first registration assessments and have attributed that mostly to our consulting and training.  That’s a major accomplishment and many of these companies continue to use simpleQue for their internal audits and continuous improvement needs, freeing up limited resources and benefiting from the other advantages to outsourcing these services.

If you are already AS9100, AS9110 or AS9120 certified but are struggling to maintain and improve your Quality Management System, or just need to update the knowledge and skills of your quality team, simpleQuE can help. We offer several courses including AS9100 Internal Auditor Training that have proven to be very beneficial to our customers.  Executive Overview, Requirements, Risk Management, and Problem Solving/Root Cause Analysis are some of the AS9100 Training Courses available that can be customized and held on site. We believe in experiential learning where you go beyond lecture and incorporate exercises to apply the learning, and use actual workplace examples from your company; thus allowing students to better learn, retain and apply their knowledge.

Visit simpleQuE’s website to see the many services we offer for your AS9100, AS9110 and AS9120 needs. Contact us for a customized path that will put you far above the competition.

Matching NASA Suppliers with Small Businesses

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In 2017, NASA spent over $2.7 billion with small businesses – 16.5 percent of its total contracting budget. NASA is looking to expand its small business contracting even further by seeking new partnerships with a wide range of goods and services providers at a two-day conference where simpleQuE President, Jim Lee, is attending.

Hosted by Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, “Reaching High – Aerospace Business Matchmaker,” takes place July 17-18 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and is a partnership between NASA and Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Jim is learning directly from NASA officials about the goods and services the agency needs and how businesses can qualify as vendors.  Aerojet Rocketdyne, SAIC, and STG are all prime contractors, these and other NASA suppliers have indicated they want their suppliers ISO 9001 and/or AS9100 certified.

On the second day of the conference, Jim and other businesses will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from NASA, as well as other agencies from all levels of government and NASA prime contractors, to learn of the contracting opportunities in aerospace industry services.

These opportunities will be available to businesses in a large variety of industries, providing good and services including:

  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • IT infrastructure services
  • Building maintenance
  • Medical services
  • Office supplies and equipment
  • Office administrative services
  • Testing laboratories
  • Apparel
  • Security and much more

For a complete list of buying opportunities, visit http://AerospaceMatchmaker.com.

Toyota Opportunity Exchange – Turning Relationships into Opportunities

Every year we look forward to the Toyota Opportunity Exchange where the automotive giant brings together Tier I suppliers and diverse business owners for a day of networking, education, and professional development. We’re excited to be heading to the Motor City, an apropos destination for the 28th year of this event.

With nearly 2,000 attendees each year, including over 300 Toyota suppliers exhibiting at the event’s trade show, the Opportunity Exchange is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States and acts as a standard for supplier development within the automotive as well as outside industries. It is also a key event for simpleQuE for making new contacts that have led to business opportunities and company growth. We also gain important insights on how to consistently provide a solid, quality service as a minority owned business.

Prior to the conference, we like to prepare and get inspired for a busy day of networking by reading some of the Diverse Supplier Stories that are shared on the event website.  These stories illustrate how the TOE has provided companies a platform to network and build meaningful connections that have generated millions of dollars in diverse supplier contracts.

Follow the event on social media using #ToyotaSD.