You may think you know the what these terms mean, but in auto quality they could mean something entirely different. Test yourself with these seemingly simple terms.
When working in a specialized field, it’s vital to understand the industry jargon. We decided to pull out some of the most important key terms that everyone needs to know in order to be successful in the auto-industry.
AIAG understands that best way to fix the problems of tomorrow is to work together today. That’s why over 900 industry volunteers, from OEMs to suppliers, collaborate to create common solutions for their manufacturing and supply chain issues.
In order for members of AIAG to be their best, they have to be the most informed. AIAG offers world-class resources and educational programs to help you improve quality, uncover cost savings, mitigate risk and eliminate waste. AIAG offers the most in-demand standards and reports representing the three AIAG Areas of Expertise: Corporate Responsibility, Quality, and Supply Chain Management.
For OEMs and suppliers, productivity and profitability go hand in hand. AIAG works to deliver global solutions to drive rework, error, and waste out of your processes, meaning your business is more efficient and prepared to take on what lies ahead.
Under the AIAG umbrella, over 900 industry volunteers collaborate on smart answers that solve global automotive challenges every year. Publications, guidelines, and industry standards are designed to advance continuous improvement in business practices, encourage collaboration, and provide global resolutions to industry issues.
Monitoring performance is essential to make sure all parts of the process are working as efficiently as possible. When selecting a sub-tier supplier OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers will monitor key performance indicators using defined criteria for acceptable performance. These indicators will vary based on the supplier but there’s a general checklist of questions when assessing system quality. These questions fall into six categories: facilities, profile information, logistics, manufacturing, quality, and technology.
Once a supplier is awarded business, it is time for the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) phase to begin between the supplier and customer. Typical parts of this process are definition of scope, feasibility, process design and development, product and process validation, feedback and assessment, and control plan methodology. These aspects are pulled from the AIAG Advanced Product Quality Control Plan reference manual. This manual also identifies which pieces of APQP applies to the different types of suppliers and gives plan templates.
Made it through the pre-selection phase, great, but now what? During the Selection phase customer organizations will consider the different bids submitted and perform a number of evaluations. One of these evaluations is of quality requirements. Are you able to meet all of these minimum requirements?
There are many parts to the Pre-Selection phase, but one essential piece is the Bid List. Here are some tips that will help your organization stand out from the competition.
OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers need their Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers to help them be competitive in today’s automotive market. But what do the OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers really want and need from their suppliers? AIAG and leadership of OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers came together to identify the key issues of quality supplier resources:
Is my company affected by the SEC's conflict minerals rules?
Probably yes. As long as you are a direct or indirect supplier to a company that files certain reports with the SEC, you may be asked to provide information regarding the uses and sources of conflict minerals in your products.
Topics: Corporate Responsibility