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Southern Automotive Quality Summit Details Are Here!


Last month we opened registration for the upcoming 2019 Southern Automotive Quality Summit; this month, we’re excited to share our detailed agenda for the event.

Agenda sessions – along with descriptions – are included below. For more information, and to reserve your seat at the March 5th event, visit our event page today!

Morning OEM Speaker
Emily Lauder, Vice President of Administration, Toyota Mississippi (Corolla Plant)
Talent is hard to find, and sometimes even harder to retain. Emily Lauder, Vice President of Administration for Toyota Mississippi, will share the challenges of finding, developing and retaining employees in the automotive industry and provide insight as to how Toyota engages employees from ALL parts of the organization to improve quality.

Continual Improvement Discussion
Mike Clark, General Manager of Manufacturing/Engineering, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (Engine Plant)
Continual improvement is critical to an organization's growth and development: if you're not getting better you're getting worse. Mike Clark, General Manager of Manufacturing/Engineering at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, will share Toyota's approach to quality improvement - an approach using Team Member led activities and tools including Quality Circles and Jishuken.

Problem Solving Session
Nic Loyd, UAH CMER
Jeff Siniard, UAH CMER
Problem solving is a skill that is practiced but never perfected. Nicholas Loyd and Jeff Siniard from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, will examine quality improvements through people development and engagement using practical problem solving methods, demonstrated by real-world case studies from the automotive industry and beyond.

Deploying Traceability
Matt Pears, Project Manager, Atlas RFID Solutions
Product traceability is critical for controlling recall and warranty costs when quality non-conformances are discovered. Without traceability, thousands and thousands of vehicles may be unnecessarily recalled just to determine they are not affected by the non-conformance. Matt Pears, Project Manager at Atlas RFID Solutions, will outline the implementation and application of traceability systems using client case studies.

Scott Gray, Director, Quality Products & Services, AIAG
Dave Dalby, Honda of America
As a response to increasing customer quality demands, AIAG and VDA have worked to completely rewrite their FMEA manual into one harmonized publication that includes updated tools to handle product and process optimization, product complexity, and increases in product liability. Scott Gray of AIAG will provide a status update on this collaborative AIAG-VDA initiative.

Core Tools Software
John Cachat, Core Tools Software Project Manager, AIAG
AIAG provides the quality core tools forms to the industry and the next generation of core tools forms is here. John Cachat of AIAG will demonstrate the AIAG Core Tools Software app, share volunteer contributions and ideas used during software design, and answer questions about how the CTS app might be used by your organization and/or your suppliers.

Afternoon OEM Speaker
Amy Moffatt, Senior Manager of Operations Management Development Division, Toyota Motor North America
Each department of an organization plays their role affecting product and process quality. Amy Moffatt, Senior Manager of Operations Management Development Division (OMDD) at Toyota Motor North America, will share how Toyota's OMDD supports and leads improvement activities that also develop each Team Member's capability to lead improvement activities themselves, supporting Toyota's concept of "Built in Quality."