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
Two sold-out crowds for the morning and afternoon sessions of AIAG's Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing III earlier this month proved that looming deadlines for meeting new reporting requirements have more than a few companies looking for help.
Our work demands responsibility. A coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and service providers, AIAG values an open, active forum for identifying emerging threats to the sustainable growth of the automotive industry.
Among those threats is the use of conflict minerals - so called, as the mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in the metal-rich Democratic Republic of Congo has helped fund violent militia groups. Accordingly, in 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose their sources. While the ruling does not explicitly prohibit the use of these minerals, the resultant market changes have since stymied warlords' access to soldiers and weapons.
In January, AIAG released the 2nd edition of CQI-8, the industry's guideline for Layered Process Audits (LPAs). This new version updates the first edition, released over eight years ago, and clarifies how LPAs support a company's business objective.
It was 1973. He was a Cuse college student driving a 1964 Buick convertible. And gas prices had quadrupled - to 30 cents a gallon. J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG, recalls the OPEC oil embargo - and hearkens on Will Rogers - in our latest Why We Do What We Do feature.