Powering Performance

Key Term Tuesday: Failure Mode

Mar 17, 2015

Failure is an inevitable part of life. But in the auto industry, failure needs to be assessed and addressed to avoid costly failures related to products, processes, and quality.

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Key Term Tuesday: Common Terms

Mar 03, 2015

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.

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Key Term Tuesday: Quality Processes

Feb 24, 2015

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.

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6 Pillars Of Supplier Quality Assessments

Oct 21, 2014

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.

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Helpful Documents in the APQP Process

Oct 14, 2014

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.

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9 Minimum Quality Requirements for a Supplier

Oct 07, 2014

Made it through the pre-selection phase, great, but now what? Duringthe 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?

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5 Tips for a Top Notch Bid List

Sep 30, 2014

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.

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Are you ready to work with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers?

Sep 24, 2014

OEMs 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 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers really want and need from their suppliers? AIAG and leadership of OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers came together to identify the key issues of quality supplier resources:

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Detail and Examples Promote More Effective Layered Process Audits

Aug 12, 2014


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. 

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Why Everyone's Talking About Quality Standards - And 3 Reasons You Should Care

Jun 18, 2014

Whether you've been supplying auto manufacturers for years or you're just starting to work in the industry, you've probably noticed that quality standards are a major focus for us. Why do we care so much about them - and more importantly, why should you? We have the answers.
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