Hathaway, John (1992, ASQC) Cygna Energy Corp., Division of ICF International, Fairfax, VA
Commercial grade audits involve Engineering groups because the audit now goes beyond the precept of assuring that manufacturing procedures and controls are in place.
The types of characteristics that engineering should review are those that provide evidence that the item meets the requirements of its design: material, configuration, performance, rating, size/weight, and identification. While Engineering performs product analysis, quality assurance should analyze the manufacturer's written program. Next, Engineering reaches an understanding with the vendor concerning their procedures and manufacturing cycle while Quality Assurance gains an understanding of the potential suppliers and how their processes relate to their manufacturing cycle.
When Quality Assurance has all the materials necessary to develop a sound audit structure, they determine the plan of action, which includes an audit checklist that covers all aspects of the manufacturer's quality program, a thorough understanding of the manufacturing processes that control the product's functionality, an evaluation to determine if the controls are in place and working, and the delineation to the manufacturer of the areas to be audited, the size of the audit team, and the suggested dates of the audit. Upon completion of the fourth step, an exit meeting is scheduled to present findings to the manufacturer.
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