Coating | CQI-12

The CQI-12 Coating System Assessment 3rd edition was developed to provide much more detail on pyrometry requirements, including instrumentation, thermocouple checks, and temperature uniformity surveys, where appropriate. Additional updates include moving the equipment section into each process table to emphasize the critical equipment and specific requirements for each process, and to simplify the audit flow by keeping it all together.

Pass and Fail has been changed to Conforming and Non-Conforming as the team decided that "Fail" has a strong negative connotation and people are reluctant to select this option when conducting as self-assessment.

Lastly, an optional form builder function has been added to the downloadable Excel file for each process table to allow the assessor to replicate the actual process flow of the plating line, step by step.

These companies participated in this special process:



  • Acadian Group of Companies
  • Atotech USA, Inc.
  • Control Services, Inc.
  • Coventya, Inc.
  • Curtis Metal Finishing Co.
  • Dana Incorporated
  • Doerken Corporation
  • Fintex, LLC
  • General Motors
  • Henkel Corporation
  • Magni Industries
  • Metalast International, Inc.
  • Modern Plating Corporation
  • NOF Metal Coatings North America
  • Shape Corporation
  • Toyota

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If you are interested in the Plating System Assessment and Coating System Assessment, this one day overview course covers the tools that are the foundation of the special process assessments.

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The CQI-12 Coating System Assessment was created to help automotive suppliers develop a coating management system based on industry best practices. Now in its 3rd edition, the Coating System Assessment emphasizes defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.

Whether you’re new to the assessment or simply looking for a refresher, our CQI-12 video series – consisting of 6 short videos for the various Coating System Assessment sections – can help. These resources were designed to familiarize you with the document layout and overall process, along with how to complete each section, and the specific expectations for completion of the assessment overall.

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