Active Quality Projects

Continuous Improvement with Broad-Based Engagement 

AIAG's Quality initiatives span the wide array of product development, manufacturing, service, and customer experience improvement activities challenging our members companies in today's ever changing automotive industry. 


Currently suppliers providing products to both German and N.A. OEM’s are required to assess their products’ failure modes and effects differently, based on differences between the processes and the Severity, Occurrence, and Detection rating tables in the VDA and AIAG FMEA Manuals. This causes confusion and adds complexity to the product development and process improvement activities of the suppliers. The focus of the work group is to come up with a common set of FMEA requirements and guidance that will enable suppliers to have a single FMEA business process and associated set of methods and tools to produce robust, accurate and complete FMEA’s and meet the needs and expectations of any of their customers. For more information, click here.


Product traceability is the ability to track a part or component throughout your facility and during the product’s journey through the value stream.  Traceability may be required for components based on safety, environmental, cost, inventory, or risk exposure reasons and is essential to effectively manage and contain your inventory for engineering changes and product quality issues.  Automotive OEM(s) and suppliers have implemented numerous traceability solutions, but there is not a guideline that outlines the standardized best practices endorsed by the automotive industry.  AIAG’s Traceability Work Group is writing a Traceability guideline that will outline the industry’s traceability requirements and share techniques and solutions used in the industry.  For more information, click here.

Heat Treat Assessment

The Heat Treat work group is developing the 4th edition of the Heat Treat Assessment. This new edition will focus on clarification to the process tables and pyrometry requirements, and a major change to the formatting of the assessment from Excel to a Word format to allow for greater flexibility in writing observations and notes, and will include hyperlinks to the Process Tables.  For more information, click here.

Plating & Coating Assessments

The Plating and Coating work groups are now working together as one team to develop 3rd editions of each Plating and Coating Assessments. The team will harmonize common practices between the Plating, Coating and Heat Treat assessments on the pyrometry requirements, including instrumentation, thermocouple checks, and temperature uniformity surveys, where appropriate. The Management Responsibility and Quality Planning section, and Floor and Material Handling Responsibility section of the Plating and Coating assessments will also be harmonized. For more information, click here.

Welding Assessment
First edition was published back in March 2007 as a result there are processes that need to be updated and new processes added. The team is reviewing all user feedback received from the implementation of  the 1st edition to determine what has been effective and where changes and/or clarifications need to be made.    For more information, click here.

Solder Assessment
 As technology is changes rapidly, and vehicles are being controlled more and more by electronics, the Soldering Assessment is being updated to reflect the new manufacturing methods, process controls and acceptability criteria for soldering. For more information, click here.

Risk Based Audit Project

It is critical for the industry that there is alignment between achievement/maintenance of ISO/TS16949 certification and the actual quality performance of the site. One of the current issues is that in the audit scheme for TS, the length of the audits (days) is based solely on the number of employees at the site. With the revision of ISO/TS underway by the IATF, there is an opportunity to propose a modification to the Rules, so that risk, performance, and maturity factors are considered in the audit day’s determination. The focus of this work group is to define a “Risk Based” model where complexity factors such as type of product, (brakes, steering, etc.), site QMS “maturity” factors such as stability of leadership, stability of business, number of new product launches, quality culture, etc., and demonstrated quality performance are the basis for the calculation of audit days for the site. For more information, click here.

Problem Solving Work Group

In 2015 AIAG’s Quality 2020 survey found that OEMs and suppliers rank problem solving as the most critical issue impacting quality. The study stated that over one-third of respondents felt there was significant potential for improvement in problem solving.

The AIAG Problem Solving work group determined there was an opportunity to improve the existing AIAG Effective Problem Solving documents. To start, CQI-21 Effective Problem Solving Leader Guide has been incorporated into the new CQI-20 Effective Problem Solving Guide, 2nd edition. Additionally, the team added guidance for the items that were identified as problematic in the industry survey. Each problem solving step now includes information on required inputs and outputs, step overview, tools, desired outcome, progress check questions, and expected executive support need to achieve a positive outcome for that section.

With the completion of CQI-20, 2nd edition, the Problem Solving work group is updating the AIAG Problem Solving training to ensure attendees are aware of and know how to implement all the necessary steps for effective problem solving. . For more information, click here.

3D Model Technical Data Package Exchange Guideline
Accurate and efficient design data exchange in the Automotive Industry is critical for new product development between OEM(s) and their supply base.  Without an accurate or clean data exchange, translation errors and missing information enter the data exchange process, introducing delays, non-conformances, and costs.  AIAG’s 3D Model Technical Data Package Work Group will develop a guideline for exchanging product design information between customers and suppliers.  For more information Click here.

COHV CSR Posting Work Group
Customer Specific Requirements (CSR) are implemented to ensure a customer communicates their specific Quality Management System (QMS) requirements to their supply base.  These requirements expand upon or add context to an IATF requirement.  Suppliers of IATF subscribing OEMs find those CSR documents on the IATF website.  Suppliers of OEMs in the Commercial and Off Highway Vehicle (COHV) sector do not have that same opportunity.  AIAG’s COHV CSR Posting work group is working to develop a single point posting location for the COHV sector OEM organizations.  For more information, click here.

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