Pince, Bruce W. (1992, ASQC) Sandy Corporation, Troy, MI 48084
Historically, automotive OEMs (Ford, Chrysler, General Motors) have developed company-unique supplier quality systems, causing confusion and lowering supplier productivity. The Automotive Division Executive Council created a Supplier Quality Requirement Task Force to standardize the different OEM quality specifications.The Task Force (comprised of manufacturing and professional organization leaders) formulated a vision of a primary quality input based on industry and international standards. To define the industry standards necessary to achieving their goals, they first select candidate projects. Once a project is selected, a Work Group creates a first draft, based on comparing OEM requirements. Next they coordinate that draft with other standards being composed and with the reality of the OEM workflow. ASCQ reviews the project for technical accuracy and industry consistency. The OEMs, finally, must find a cost-effective way to integrate the newly-created standard into their unique supplier assessment systems.The Task Force produced a manual that suppliers can use to develop measurement systems that satisfy all three major OEMs, a common Initial Sample Inspection Report, and a Statistical Process Control manual that standardizes the SPC processes used in both suppliers and OEMs.The ASCQ/AIAG Task Force has been successful and cost-effective in its earliest endeavors.
American Society for Quality Control (ASQC),Automobile industry,Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG),Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM),Statistical process control (SPC),Total Quality Management (TQM)