Pilgrim Harp, located in Avon, Ohio, provides the global and domestic sourcing of components and assemblies, handling every aspect of the sourcing process from beginning to end and ensuring the highest quality levels at all times. Pilgrim Harp and its manufacturing partners all maintain TS, ISO and/or AS certifications.
As a manufacturing outsourcing company for the healthcare/medical, heavy industrial and aerospace industries Pilgrim Harp is a source for a wide range of products. For aerospace, their aircraft interior products include: airplane seat legs, seat spreaders, seat backs, seat frames, seat arms, seat arm assemblies, seat tray tables, seat tracks and more. For this customer base, Pilgrim Harp leadership recognized the need for AS9120B certification – which pertains to Quality Management System (QMS) requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense distributors. This standard includes ISO 9001:2015 QMS requirements.
SimpleQuE consultants, Jen Briese and Jim Lee began working with Pilgrim Harp in 2016 to assess where there were gaps between their current system and the new requirements. They then worked out a customized action plan and timetable to make implementation simple and sustainable. End result – certification was achieved in June 2017 with no findings from Eagle Certification Group! Congratulations to the team at Pilgrim Harp!
IATF 16949 is being adopted across the world and setting in place the quality management requirements for the design, development, production, installation, and service of automotive-related products. Take a look below at the world leaders in ISO/IATF16949 certification.
In October 2016 IATF 16949:2016 will be published by IATF and it will replace the current IATF 16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry. It will be aligned with ISO 9001:2015 and its structure and requirements. IATF 16949:2016 will be implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015. www.iatfglobaloversight.org
IATF has also released a new transition strategy document for automotive suppliers and certification bodies to help with the transition. It includes information about timing and transition audit requirements. After October 1, 2017 no audits (initial, surveillance, recertification or transfer) will be conducted to IATF 16949:2009. IATF Transition Strategy IATF 16949 › IATF 16949
It is also important to note that IATF/IAOB will recognize TS certified companies that have upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 prior to IATF 16949 and allow reduced audit days when the company does eventually upgrade to the new IATF 16949 standard. Companies should coordinate with their registrar to determine the optimal audit approach and cost benefit. (Separate audits may be not be cost effective, but it will depend on each company’s situation.)
SimpleQuE consultants and instructors are ready to assist companies now with implementation, transitioning and training for ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2009. Consulting and training for IATF 16949 will be available after its release in October. Contact simpleQuE
The new IATF 16949 standard is due out in December 2016, per the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) http://www.iatfglobaloversight.org. The first draft is completed and they are obtaining additional input, while also planning to complete some pilot gap assessments worldwide to refine the new TS standard and associated Rules by July of this year. This will give IATF time to finalize and publish the new standard by year-end.
What are the changes we can expect to see to address some of the automotive OEM issues?
- New requirements for safety-related parts and processes (i.e. airbags, tires, brakes, inspection/testing, etc.)
- Enhanced product traceability requirements to support new laws and changes to regulations
- Requirements for products with embedded software (i.e. engine control modules, emission control software, change control, etc.)
- Warranty management process including addressing NTF (no trouble found) and use of automotive industry guidance (AIAG CQI-14)
- Clarification of sub-tier supplier management and development requirements (based on risks, it may be necessary to manage sub-suppliers, not just direct suppliers. Also, clause 18.104.22.168 from the beginning of TS has always had FAQS and/or Sanctioned Interpretations to allow deviations from this TS clause)
- Addition of corporate responsibility requirements (i.e. ethics, risk management and so much more is published in various ISO documents and guidelines on social responsibility – ISO 26000 as an example, or social accountability – SA8000 commonly used outside the US)
We don’t know the extent of these requirements, but just know these new concepts are being added to the TS standard.
The timeline to upgrade to the new IATF 16949:2016 will be September 14, 2018, less than 21 months after publication of the standard. Certification bodies will require some time to train their auditors and get approved to issue certificates to IATF 16949:2016, so the transition time will be tight.
Want to learn more? Click here to view the certification transition plan.