Jul
11

Quality: It’s What’s Driving the Global Automotive Industry

A report issued by McKinsey & Company predicting trends up through 2020 in the global automotive industry identifies four challenges that will affect the industry’s growth.  With these four challenges in mind, we offer quality solutions that effectively hedge or otherwise prepare those working within the industry.

  • Complexity and cost pressure
  • Diverging markets
  • Digital demands
  • Shifting industry landscape

“To capture future growth and find profit from these challenges – and to mitigate their risks – OEMs cannot simply turn to their traditional toolbox. They need to review and adjust their strategic priorities, deploy the appropriate investments and resources, and develop new skills to execute these strategic objectives.”

The automotive aftermarket faces it’s own challenges as well, discussed in detail within the Aftermarket Outlook 2020 report.  According to the report, challenges include:

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Quality solutions continue to offer a competitive advantage that ensures long-term sustainability while effectively addressing challenges identified by the industry.  Solutions offered include:

  • Supplier Selection (Verification and on-site initial evaluations)
  • Product Development (Testing, PPAP, etc.)
  • Production (In-process QC inspections, order monitoring, corrective action, etc.)
  • Supplier Management (TS/ISO 16949 audits, process audits, ISO 14001 environmental/sustainability audits, SA8000 social audits, C-TPAT security audits, etc.)
  • Shipping – Logistics (Container loading supervision, pre-shipment QC inspections)

Over the last three decades, Pro QC has assisted a significant number of OEMs and aftermarket parts suppliers in reducing their associated risks and cost. View our example service reports here

Will you be one of over 44,000+ attendees at AAPEX this year? If so, visit us in Booth 1874 to learn more about how we help reduce quality risk and cost in the industry! If you are unable to attend, contact us anytime at one of our worldwide office locations.

Jun
16

Quiz: How Passionate Are You About Quality?

UntitledAre you a Quality Aficionado?

Use the Likert-type scale below to answer the 20 questions, and then total up your score. Download a copy here for a template to write directly on and/or share with your colleagues and friends!

 

Strongly Disagree>  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5  <Strongly Agree

  1. You notice non-conformances in products when you go shopping. You may or may not speculate what the root cause could be.
  2. You notice inefficiencies in the processes of various organizations you interact with outside of work. You often identify how you would do it better.
  3. Customer ratings have a significant weight on your personal purchase decision-making process.
  4. You notice the word “quality” whenever it’s referenced in a company name or other commercial message.
  5. You love data (metrics).
  6. You’ve had more than one conversation with family and friends about the importance of quality.
  7. You have an appreciation for “quality quotes” and have shared them on social media.
  8. You enjoy problem solving.
  9. When you set goals, they’re SMART.
  10. You know what it means to be a “quality guru” and can identify one or more of them.
  11. You’ve said “quality over quantity” out loud more than once.
  12. You think of Toyota as more than just a car manufacturer.
  13. You see continuous improvement as a way of life.
  14. You would wear a shirt out in public that said, “I love quality.”
  15. You believe quality is everyone’s responsibility.
  16. You work in a quality-related field.
  17. You have taken one or more workshops, webinars, etc. related to quality and have enjoyed them.
  18. You are or have been a member of ASQ or another quality-related association.
  19. You have or have thought about obtaining a quality certification.
  20. You have no problem paying more for something if it’s a better quality product, or if it’s from a socially responsible organization.

Almost done…

Now, total up your scores and match below:

0-40 Quality Indifferent  – You wouldn’t consider yourself a quality expert and don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. You have no particular interest in quality and find yourself to be generally unconcerned. Find a Quality Aficionado and spend some time with them right away!

41-79 Quality Enthusiast – You’ve certainly got an appreciation for quality and apply it to both your work and personal life. You recognize the significance of quality in everyday life and incorporate it some of the time. You find yourself highly interested in the topic and seek to learn more. Don’t stop learning!

80-100 Quality Aficionado  – You are a cheerleader for quality. You love it and have integrated it almost seamlessly into your personal and professional life. You influence others around you and truly believe continuous improvement is a way of life. Quality is ingrained in who you are, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

At Pro QC, we work with Quality Aficionados that have a passion for the industry and for what they do. We have over three decades of experience and offer quality consulting and engineering services in over 39 countries. Contact us for more information!

Jun
09

ISO 9001:2015 Transition Video Posted

Don’t miss our latest video discussing the ISO 9001:2015 transition process and questions we’re frequently asked:

Also, be sure to download our free gap analysis! Or, check our previous post discussing our Top 5 Tips.

Contact us for additional information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation.

May
24

World Trade Month Wrap-Up

World Trade Month is observed each year in May.  The objective of this recognition is to create awareness, identify trends and drive market opportunities.

World Integrated Trade Solutions offers extensive data related to world trade.  The same site offers interesting visualization options such as the word cloud referenced below.

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In a 2015 ranking of the top 20 export countries worldwide via Statista, China ranked first in exports with an export value of about 2.28 trillion US dollars.

That same report went on to indicate:

The value of goods exported from China grew immensely between 2002 and 2014. In 2002, China’s exports were valued at about 327 billion US dollars. China’s export value grew to 2 trillion US dollars in 2012, the first year in which China exported more than 2 trillion US dollars worth of goods. Year over year export growth remained above 17 percent between 2002 and 2012, except in 2009 and 2012. In 2004, export value grew by over 35 percent. In 2011, China accounted for about 10% of global merchandise exports and about 4% of global service exports.  China’s greatest export product categories in 2011 was machinery and transport equipment, of which they exported 902 billion US dollars worth. In 2012, China exported 159 billion US dollars worth of clothes and clothing accessories.

At the community level, Pro QC’s Tampa team attended the International Town Hall event hosted by the Tampa Bay Export Alliance.  We heard from local leadership supporting trade initiatives throughout the region. And, we saw local companies highlighted for their successful sourcing and supply chain initiatives.  Jabil Circuit had a particularly interesting keynote presentation related to their supply chain visualization and Intelligent Control Tower.

To learn more about world trade, we recommend these sites:

To learn more about reducing the quality risks and cost associated with global trade, contact us! 

Apr
29

Verifying Suppliers… What You Want To Know

Verify-SuppliersAs a follow-up to an an article we posted in March, we wanted to go into more specifics regarding on-site supplier verification.

As noted, it’s not always cost effective to do a comprehensive ISO based or general QMS audit for each supplier you’re considering working with. But, there are basic questions looming that you need to make the right decisions…

One option for supplier verification is a basic on-site check.

What you find out:

  • Factory information
    • Type of ownership, address & contact information
  • Production Capacity (Annual Basis)
    • Category, total capacity, units shipped & % capacity
  • Export Markets
    • U.S., EU, South America, etc. & % volume
  • Key Clients (Past Year)
    • Name, product description & % volume
  • Key Personnel
    • Title, name, history & contact information
  • Number of Employees
    • Management, general office, production, quality, etc.
  • List of Major Equipment (Machines)
    • Description, model, quantity & condition
  • List of Major Gages (Equipment)
    • Description, accuracy, quantity & condition
  • List of Sub-Contractors
    • Name, process & location

Photos assist in the process of evaluation as well.

How do you evaluate you potential suppliers? One of our older blog posts that may be of interest is the use of a grid analysis for supplier selection. The categories listed above would help in deciding important variables and respective weights.

Contact us for more information, or to schedule an on-site supplier verification.  With local expertise and an unbiased assessment, supplier selection is less risky and cost-saving in the long-run!

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