499 words, 1.8 minutes read. By Gerard Blokdyk
APQP 1 big thing: Investigate technologies, processes and methods for improving efficiencies and increasing product quality and reliability.
The big picture: Ensure your operation inputs to planning and auditing schedule to ensure that designated suppliers are audited on a regular basis to ensure 16949 level manufacturing practices and quality standards are met in accordance with Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).
Why it matters: Monitor floor to ensure product is produced to (internal) customer specification and inspection activities are being conducted in accordance with control plan requirements.
State of play: Be certain that your team is responsible for meeting (internal) customer expectations for delivery performance including shipping, packaging integrity, labeling standards, returnable containers, and scanning.
What they’re saying: “Identify and communicate information to correct Factory discipline relative to product quality and defect prevention, product disposition, and rework and/or repair activity.“, Supplier Development Engineer (I, II, or Sr.)
On the flip side: Oversee that your staff supports Program Management generated project macro schedules with detailed engineering micro schedules to ensure that all project milestones are tracked and completed on time.
What we’re hearing: “Build (internal) customer and supplier partnerships to closely monitor voice of the (internal) customer and proactively adapt to changing market and (internal) customer needs.“, Manager, Supply Chain Management
Go deeper: Make sure the Quality Technician is responsible for conducting routine tests and inspections on products, assisting the Quality Assurance Manager with data collection.
Be smart: Check that your organization champions quality improvement projects with priority to reduce product and process quality failure costs and facilitate overall Cost of Poor Quality reduction.
The backdrop: Safeguard that your organization analyzes defect data, facilitates root cause identification, prioritizes and leads corrective action programs to maximize rate of process improvement.
Under the hood: Be sure your operation is involved in the application of QM tools: APQP, FMEA, PPAP, MSA, control plan, Statistical Process Control (SPC), 8Ds.
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Yes, but: Provide technical leadership and your organization needs in depth expertise to investigate, initiate and drive the development, procurement, and implementation of equipment and processes for manufacturing.
The bottom line: Oversee the review and analysis of production, quality, maintenance, and other appropriate operational reports to determine causes of nonconformity with product specifications and/or operational or production problems.
What’s next: Make headway so that your workforce serves as Product Line Team lead for Procurement organization on the cross functional product based business team.
ICYMI: Oversee that your group has skill in effective problem solving and communication across all levels of any organization related to concepts of supplier quality, production and process controls.
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