ISO/TS 16949:2009 – Automotive

The ISO/TS16949 is an ISO technical specification aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. It is based on the ISO 9001 standard.

It was prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the “Technical Committee” of ISO. It harmonizes the country-specific regulations of quality Management systems.

About 30 percent of the more than 100 existing automobile manufacturers affiliate the requirements of the norm but especially the large Asian manufacturers have differentiated, own requirements for the quality management systems of their corporate group and their suppliers.

TS16949 applies to the design/development, production and, when relevant, installation and servicing of automotive-related products.

The requirements are intended to be applied throughout the supply chain. For the first time vehicle assembly plants will be encouraged to seek ISO/TS16949 certification.

Documents include:

ISO/TS16949 Standard

The AIAG publishes automotive industry standards and offers educational conferences and training to its members, including the advanced product quality planning (APQP) and production part approval process (PPAP) quality standards. These documents have become a de facto quality standard in North America that must be complied with by all Tier I suppliers. Increasingly, these suppliers are now requiring complete compliance from their suppliers, so that many Tier II and III automotive suppliers now also comply.

Additional documents include Core Tools:

Advanced Product Quality Planning and Control Plan
Production Part Approval Process
Potential Failure Mode & Effects Analysis
Measurement Systems Analysis
Statistical Process Control
Core Tool Forms

Automotive & Production/ Manufacturing Core Tools

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
APQP or Advanced Product Quality Planning is a structured method of defining & establishing the stepsnecessary to ensure that a product satisfies the customer. Effective product quality planning depends on acompany’s top management’s commitment to the effort required in meeting customer specifications.

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) Fourth Edition
The PPAP has at least 10 major changes, including revisions to reflect techniques found in the AutomotiveProcess Approach. In addition, there are several significant changes to the customer submissionrequirements and PSW forms. Organizations registered to ISO/TS 16949:2009 who supply to the US Big 3will need to implement the changes quickly.

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FEMA)
FEMA addresses Concept, Design and Process FMEAs that broaden the scope of the this recommendedtechnique used for identification of potential failure modes. Also emphasizes the interfaces and interactionsof the components, systems and subsystems, how they are directly connected, and how they interact withthe surrounding environment. The use of Teams and Tree Arrangement is reemphasized. Generalguidelines are given and intended to cover situations normally encountered when preparing FMEAs duringthe various phases of the analysis.

Measurement System Analysis (MSA)
A Measurement system is a process by which we assign a number to a characteristic of a product orservice. The first step in assessing a system is to understand this process, and determine whether it willsatisfy our requirements. Measurement System Analysis, often referred to as MSA, is used to assess thestatistical properties of process measurement systems.

Statistical Process Control (SPC)
SPC is necessitated by ISO 9001, QS 9000, QS 9000 TE Supplement, QS 9000 SemiconductorSupplement, ISO 14001 Environment Management System, ISO Guide17025 Laboratory Quality System,Quality Operating System (QOS), Total Quality Management (TQM), Continuous Improvement Strategy.