O-Rings.com by Boyd Corporation TS-16949 Quality Management System
The ISO/TS-16949 technical specification is aimed at the development of a quality management system that provides continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
Beginnings of the Automotive Quality Revolution
The concept of a Total Quality Management System (TQM) was started in the United States in the 1980’s to address competitive pressures from Japanese Automotive and Electronic manufacturers. In facing higher quality Japanese imports, U.S corporations began to introduce Quality Systems embracing their entire organization to provide measureable improvement in the value of their manufactured products.
The introduction of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1987 was designed to raise awareness and recognize National role models for manufacturers providing achievement in product quality. The same year, the ISO 9000 series of Quality Management Standards were introduced to provide a basic framework for the management and monitoring of a Quality System within various organizations with the goal of meeting the needs of customers, stakeholders and statutory and regulatory requirements.
The ISO 9000 Quality Management Standard introduced the concept of Quality System Certification, where an outside organization would review and validate effective implementation of the ISO 9000 Quality System to provide customers with an economical means of monitoring the Quality System of their suppliers.
The current version of the ISO quality management system is the ISO 9001:2008 standard and has expanded upon the original ISO 9000 system and has been utilized worldwide.
In 1994, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler jointly developed the QS-9000 Quality System to provide a framework for Automotive Quality Systems used internally and requested for all Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers. Other Countries developed their own Automotive Quality Systems including the VDA, (Germany) AVSQ, (Italy) FIEV (France) and SMMT (UK).
A key component of the QS-9000 Quality System was the introduction of the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) to provide a uniform framework for the evaluation of a suppliers manufacturing process, measurement capabilities and methods that would be used to address possible production problems.
The need to harmonize Automotive Quality Systems across national borders become apparent with the 1998 merger of Daimler-Chrysler that highlighted the difficulties of sub-suppliers to have the proper Quality Certificates to deliver product to manufacturing facilities across national borders.
In 2002, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) published the ISO/TS-16949 Quality Standard to provide a universal framework for Automotive Quality Management Systems to supersede all of the previously used National Quality Systems.
O-Rings.com by Boyd Corporation ISO/TS-16949 quality management system and registrar certification provides the basis for the highest level automotive production and easy evaluation of PPAP parts by manufacturers like Cooper Standard, Meritor, Dana Corporation, Eaton and others.
In addition, we regularly utilize six sigma and lean manufacturing tools to reduce non-value added activities, improve process productivity and enhance the provision of planned zero defect components. O-Rings.com by Boyd Corporation is driven to provide the best value to our customers and uses best practices within our industry to meet agreed upon delivery schedules and maintain competitive and stable pricing.