IATF 16949 Blog

Strahinja Stojanovic

Establishing Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) in IATF 16949

Listening to the voice of the customer is what Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is all about. The purpose of APQP is to get a clear understanding of customer wants, needs, and expectations regarding the product, and to develop necessary plans to ensure customer product expectations are met in every …

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What is FMEA, and how to apply it in IATF 16949

Every year we hear news about some big recall in the automotive industry. The main purpose of FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis) is to help us foresee those failures and take actions to prevent them, although it is not always possible. Results of FMEA provide valuable inputs for many …

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How to establish QMS Statistical Process Control according to IATF 16949

In clause 9.1.1.1, IATF 16949 requires organizations to determine the appropriate use of statistical tools, and Statistical Process Control (SPC) is the usual choice. SPC is a methodology mainly used to monitor and control the behavior of the manufacturing process, but it can be used for any process that has …

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Strahinja Stojanovic

What are the five core tools of IATF 16949?

Core quality tools have become one of the foundations for implementation and maintenance of any QMS (Quality Management System) based on IATF 16949. Together with automotive manufacturers, AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) developed this set of methodologies and techniques to enhance the effectiveness of the IATF 16949-based QMS, provide high-quality …

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How to define scope of the QMS according to IATF 16949:2016

In order to establish a QMS (Quality Management System) according to IATF 16949, you first need to define everything the QMS will apply to. This requirement is nothing new to quality standards, or any other management system standard, for that matter. Although it seems like just a formality, defining the …

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How to implement the PDCA cycle in the automotive industry according to IATF 16949

When considering the tools or approaches for improvement of your Quality Management System based on IATF 16949, or dynamic growth and profitability, “plan,” “do,” “check,” and “act” (PDCA) is a one of the most obvious options. The PDCA cycle was originally developed by Walter A. Shewhart in the 1920s, and …

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How to write the IATF 16949 Quality Manual

Although the latest version of ISO 9001 no longer has a requirement to document the Quality Manual (for more information, see: The future of the Quality Manual in ISO 9001:2015), IATF 16949 still requires organizations to include a Quality Manual in their QMS (Quality Management System) documentation. Considering the importance …

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