Why IATF 16949 Certification?

At Auto Bolt we are always looking for opportunities to satisfy the needs of our customers, that's why we are currently working toward obtaining our IATF 16949 certification. Why is IATF 16949 Certification so important to us?  It will ensure that automotive quality requirements are fully addressed to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our customers. 

To earn IATF 16949 Certification companies must go through an extensive audit.  Companies must prove that the policies and procedures they have in place meet the Quality System Requirements.  Some areas of focus include: Continuous Improvement, Risk Management, Product Safety, Contingency Planning, Defect Prevention, Waste Reduction, and Management of Sub-tier Suppliers.  

Let's take a look at what each of these areas mean!

Continuous Improvement:

  • Always being better than yesterday, but not as good as tomorrow
  • Everyone’s ideas count
  • Can the improvement be applied to like situations?

Risk Management

  • Proactively plan for concerns before they happen
  • Look at all business aspects to include statutory, regulatory and Customer requirements, Acts of God, widespread sickness, etc.

Product Safety

  • Difficult without end-use design responsibility
  • As a Manufacturer to Customer requirements, all we can do is manufacture to those requirements
  • Use ISO and IATF certified suppliers to meet standards 
  • Always manufacture to current industry standards unless otherwise requested
  • Diligently monitor, check, and test parts to ensure all features meet specification

Contingency Planning

  • Clearly define actions to assure Customer expectations are met when the preferred method is unavailable
  • Aspect of Risk Management

Defect Prevention

  • The ‘What’ that is being done systematically to make sure a known potential concern is not experienced
  • Automatic shutdown of process when a concern is experienced
  • It is not detection

Waste Reduction

  • Minimization of unplanned waste to include all aspects of the business from manufacturing process scrap through improperly formed product
  • Includes utilities, office and maintenance supplies, in-house efforts, etc.

Management of Sub-tier Suppliers

  • Suppliers are instrumental to your success; Help them, help you
  • Let them know when they are doing well and not just when performance slips
  • Help when you can to meet your requirements while letting them manage their own process

Change and Warranty Management

  • How you inform your Customer that you would like to manufacture differently than the original process
  • Can be temporary as in a contingency plan
  • We suggest approving the primary and secondary source at the onset of a long-term contract
  • Customer may or may not approve the change
  • Revision level of soft / hardware must change when updated
  • If a warranty is offered, how it is managed and analyzed.

Learn More About How Auto Bolt Serves the Automotive Industry

Contact us at 800.988.BOLT, or visit www.autoboltusa.com for all your fastener requirements.


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