Automotive Management Systems and ISO/TS 16949 Training
APQP requires organizations to develop well-defined processes from evolving design concepts through customer acceptance of production parts. As systems evolve, organizations analyze design and production risks earlier in the design cycle to reduce development costs, ultimately passing these cost savings to customers. Process capabilities must be analyzed and understood with the intention of maintaining minimum industry standards and driving improvement. Processes must be controlled using statistical methods. Measurement uncertainty must be quantified to ensure effective process and product monitoring. Simply, the automotive industry has established requirements for organizations in the automotive supply chain that ensure system consistency from top to bottom. The agreed management system standard is ISO/TS 16949.
These methods and system conformity are only effectively implemented through development and use of process-based management systems. ISO/TS 16949 used in conjunction with the reference materials published by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) specify the requirements for effective automotive management systems.
At QMII, we pride ourselves in our >20 year history of helping clients develop process-based quality management systems in the automotive industry, long before conformity and compliance through continual process improvement became popular. This history and approach is integrated into our training.