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The automotive industry is constantly getting transformed by means of digitalization and globalization where, organizations need to retort and modernize to remain pertinent. Automotive manufacturers have an incredible opportunity to go beyond simply meeting industry standards. However, today’s automotive manufacturers experience a regulatory environment that reaches new heights on a regular basis as we march towards a new era of innovation in automotive where quality and compliance will be of utmost importance. Therefore, the focus on quality in automotive manufacturing is apparent, particularly among suppliers where, the need for them to demonstrate precise quality and compliance is very much an essential requirement for being considered as a supplier in the first place. Therefore a common set of regulations or standards that governs as to how a company makes and distributes its product or service to its customers safeguarding their brand name was in need for the industry. Therefore, ISO TS 16949 is a quality management assurance system that is primarily focused on the automobile industry that presents a global effort by stakeholders in the automobile industry and related sectors to promote the best and well developed management policies in the production of Automobiles in an effort to secure a safety and quality measure was devised. The IATF is a group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations, formed to provide improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide.

The need for IATF 16949 Automotive QMS:

One of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management, ISO/TS 16949, is evolving with the publication of a new global industry standard which is the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).IATF 16949:2016 brings together standards from across Europe and the U.S., outlining everything you need to know about achieving best practice when designing, developing, manufacturing, installing, or servicing automotive products recognized as the basis for any company, to create a system to ensure customer satisfaction and improvement, and as such, many companies demand this as the minimum requirement for an organization to be a supplier.


The primary focus of the IATF 16949 standard is 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. The standard, combined with applicable Customer-Specific Requirements (CSR’s), define the QMS requirements for automotive production, service and/or accessory parts.

Implementing IATF 16949 ensures that customers receive consistent, good quality products and services, which in turn may bring many business benefits. IATF 16949 specifies requirements for a Quality Management System when an organization wants to:

  • Demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory, regulatory and product safety requirements
  • Enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system
  • Implement processes for improvement of the system
  • Define overall context, who is affected and what they expect
  • Clearly state objectives and identify new business opportunities
  • Put customers first, making sure their needs are consistently met and enhance their satisfaction
  • Have repeat customers, increase customer loyalty, add new clients and increase business
  • Expand into new markets, as some sectors and clients require IATF 16949 before doing business
  • Identify and address the risks associated with your organization
  • Work in a more efficient way to increase productivity and efficiency, bringing internal costs down
  • Become more socially responsible through the documentation and implementation of corporate responsibility polices

This new standard, which is based upon ISO 9001 standard, replaces the current ISO/TS 16949 and defines the requirements of a quality management system for organisations in the automotive industry.ISO TS 16949 reassures integrity and quality system control in all levels of production including supply of modern Automobiles, an initiative that has also been part of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) policy frameworks.

WHAT IS ITS STRUCTURE

The ISO/TS16949, developed by the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, is based on ISO 9001 QMS standard and national quality standards within the automotive industry. The standard applies to all manufacturers in the automotive supply chain worldwide – for cars, their parts, components or systems and can easily be integrated with standards already in use.The standard is based on seven Quality Management Principles such as:

  • Customer focus
  • Leadership
  • Engagement of people
  • Process approach
  • Improvement
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Relationship management

Section 4: Context of the organization

In this section, the IATF 16949 standard requires an organization to determine its context in regards to the QMS considering the requirements of interested parties. It also specifies the requirements that an organization needs to consider in determining the scope of the QMS that needs to be implemented.

Section 5: Leadership

This section elaborates the need, for an organization, to define its corporate responsibility and the quality policy that enables the internal management to demonstrate their degree of assurance and leadership to the implemented QMS. The section also determines the need for the management to assign process owners along with other roles and responsibilities.

Section 6: Planning

The Planning clause determines the requirements that an organization needs to fulfill for an effective risk treatment. The section specifies deliberately therequirements for preventive actions, contingency plans, and quality objectives and plans to achieve an effective risk management strategy.

Section 7: Support

This section details every requirement that needs to be in place in order to implement an effective QMS in accordance. The requirements includes people, infrastructure, work environment, monitoring and measuring resources, organizational knowledge, competence, awareness, communication, documented information and supporting processes all focused towards a successful QMS

Section 8: Operation

The product requirements deal with all aspects of the planning and creation of the product or service. This section includes requirements on planning, product requirements review, design, purchasing, creating the product or service, and controlling the equipment used to monitor and measure the product or service.

Section 9: Performance evaluation

This section details the ways in order to measure the effective functioning of the QMS system. The performance monitoring includes assessing customer satisfaction, internal audits, monitoring products and processes, and management review.

Section 10: Improvement

Continual improvement of the QMS is the most important factor of all and this section determines the requirements inorder to achieve it. This requirements include, nonconformities and corrective actions, problem solving, and error-proofing processes that needs to be in place.

Every of the above mentioned sections are based on a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, where the elementsare used to implement change within the processes of the organization in order to drive and maintain improvements within the processes. However, the extent of IATF 16949 documentation may vary from one organization to another due to the:

  • Size of organization and type of activities
  • Complexity of processes and their interaction
  • Competence of personnel
  • Documentation may be in any form or type of medium

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS

Some of the major benefits of IATF 16949 certification for an organization includes:

  • Recognition from regulatory authorities
  • Safer and more reliable products
  • Improved processes and product quality.
  • Reduced need for multiple second and third party audits.
  • Meeting or exceeding customer requirements
  • Improved processes and documentation system
  • Internationally agreed and recognised practices for quality management in the automotive sector
  • Increased confidence when bidding for global sourcing contracts.
  • A model for continual and systematic improvements in quality
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness
  • Greater consistency and traceability of products and services
  • A model for delivering excellence for customers and other stakeholders
  • Guaranteed credibility when bidding for global sourcing contracts or expanding business locally.
  • Reduction of production variations and improved manufacturing efficiency, impacting the bottom line results positively.
  • Identify the processes of the organization & interaction of these processes,
  • Determine operational controls to ensure processes are effective,
  • Control any outsourced processes that affect product conformity
  • Ensure the availability of adequate resources and information
  • Monitor, measure and analyse processes, and
  • Implement necessary actions to achieve planned objectives and targets

HOW TRAIBCERT CAN HELP YOU

We TRAIBCERT, an independent third party accredited certifying body, offer IATF 16949 training, gap analysis, documentation, internal audits, pre-assessment audits, certification audit and post certification enhancement / maintenance services to enable your organization get the best out of IATF QMS.Through our approach, we supportour clients in the automotive industry, in such a way that enables them to manufacture safe and reliable products, that are produced and continually improved to meet or exceed customer and regulatory authority requirements.Our auditors have extensive knowledge and direct experience in automotive manufacturing and our technical experts are actively engaged with theadministration of the IATF certification scheme for our clients. With our IATF 16949 Automotive QMS Certification service,

  • Demonstrate your ability to meet customer and regulatory requirements
  • Enhance customer satisfaction
  • Implement an effective and an efficient QMS
  • Witness a continual improvement of your QMS
  • Ensure conformity to customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Improve the use of time and resources leading to reduced wastage

TRAIBCERT’s wide range of services into the standards, certification, training and consultancy help businesses throughout the automotive supply chain to be agile and continually improve.At TRAIBCERT we lay our emphasis over the documentation system that is simple and at the same time that meets or exceeds the requirements of any ISO Standard requirements. Our approach has a built-in discipline to involve all employees including top management right from the beginning to achieve long-term desired results. Some of the major benefits that our clients would enjoy partnering with us for their certification needs include,

  • A holistic objective based Approach towards the process,
  • Better control of the Procedure, Flow and improve Business Productivity,
  • Cost Effective Service Provision,
  • Better documentation of the management processes starting from initial audit phase,
  • A Framework for Continual Improvement of each Processes of Service Management,
  • Leadership with Customer Focus

At TRAIBCERT, what we provide is more than just a certificate. We give them the tools to manage their IT systems more efficiently and assist them to address the strategic business value generated.With us, you can expect flexibility where we provide the structural basis for the technical specification IATF 16949. Our auditors always take the individual procedures in your company into account.

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