Solid Base

Abstract:This article explains why and how petroleum and petrochemical plants should select suppliers of complex and critical equipment such as high-pressure and temperature-pressure vessels through a well-structured and rigorous assessment process. The author covers four main phases in assessment preparation: 1) reviewing quality management system (QMS) documents; 2) establishing an assessment plan; 3) assigning responsibilities to assessors for specific processes of QMS; and 4) preparing documents needed for the assessment. The article explains how to perform a manufacturing process analysis,how to map quality requirements to ISO 9001, and how to develop and expand a checklist for supplier assessment. This assessment technique can make assessing suppliers of critical and complex equipment much more valuable because it allows an assessor to carefully examine important process factors that can significantly affect quality. This technique also allows for more efficient assessments to take …

Access this article
Other ways to access this article

Social Bookmarking

Digg, delicious, NewsVine, Furl, Google, StumbleUpon, BlogMarks, Facebook



The sort of customized, in-depth assessment described by Mr. Ahmed is performed by many of our customer. In many industries, this practice lays to rest the "promise" that registration to one or more of the internationally-recognized QMS standards by qualified certifying bodies would replace the need for such customized QMS for separate customers: it's registration and customization.
--Phil Scott, Director, Quality Assurance Chemring Energetic Devices, 06-06-2014


Featured advertisers