TS 16949 : Building Competitiveness In The Automotive Industry

TS 16949 : Building Competitiveness In The Automotive Industry

The automotive industry also has their own quality measurements in terms of the design, development and production of its products. TS 16949 is an ISO standard aiming to give technical specifications in creating a quality management system that will promote continuous improvement, defect prevention and reduced variation and waste found in the supply chain of the same industry.

TS 16949 was created to harmonize quality standards required from automotive suppliers based in different countries.  Prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) along with ISO’s  “Technical Committee”, TS 16949 created a unified global quality management standard that can be accepted throughout the industry.

Generally, the specifications in TS 16949 aims to increase the level of customer satisfaction and manage the risk in the course of production, as well as to the supply chain itself. It aims to promote effectiveness by removing sources of defects and to evaluate modifications as well as the preventive measures in place.

TS 16949 is based on ISO 9001:2008 so it also adapts the process-oriented approach, considering interactions between all branches of the business in order to identify and manage risks in the entire supply chain of the automotive industry. TS 16949 also has distinction in terms of its approach by defining the differences of processes involving customers, support and management. This means that it do not isolate a single process in the supply chain but rather improve understanding to the entities involved in different business processes affecting the overall performance of the organization.

Customer-specific requirements established by automobile manufacturers, along with the quality management system of existing suppliers, became the key requirement of TS 16949. This led to global recognition of TS 16949 as a quality management standard for manufacturers all over the world.

Certification rules are set by the IATF or International Automotive Task Force and can be applied all over the supply chain. TS 16949 requires the automotive supply chain to be fully prepared for the application of automotive core tools such as PPAP (Production Parts Approval Process), APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning), Control Plans ,FMEAs (failure mode effects analysis), SPC (Statistical Process Control) and MSA (Measurement System Analysis). Due to these requirements, TS 16949 consultants are highly recommended to help guide companies in the preparation, implementation and certification procedures. The validity of TS16949 is  up to three years and requires an annual confirmation from a third party auditor certified by IATF. Being TS 16949 certified undoubtedly builds customer trust and enforces a high quality standard in the market. Uncertified suppliers have slim chances of serving car manufacturers and keeping their business afloat in the industry.

In Atlanta, Georgia, QSE have seen servicing customers for TS16949 and ISO 9001 certifications for over 20 years. With QSE’s 10-Step-Approach program, automotive suppliers can expect lean methodologies and quality training in order to pass TS16949 certification. If you are a supplier in the automotive industry, and in need of being TS16949 certified, contact our QSE consultants now and find out more about their 10-Step-Approach to certification.  Visit their website at http://www.enhancequality.com