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Key Term Tuesday: Quality Acronyms

Mar 24, 2015

Acronyms can look like alphabet soup, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly used acronyms to help you out.

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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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3 Frequently Asked Questions About Conflict Minerals

Sep 08, 2014
 

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. 
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