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Quality Initiatives

AIAG Quality initiatives span the wide array of product development, manufacturing, service, and customer experience improvement activities to support the manufacturing technology and product innovation advancements that are required from successful and growing suppliers and OEM's.

While grounded in the quality standards and core tools that are the foundation of automotive quality excellence, the current AIAG quality initiatives are exploring new issues, providing insights, and the latest tools and methodologies to support the manufacturing technology and product innovation advancements that are required from successful and growing suppliers and OEM's.

Quality Initiatives

Automotive Core Tools

The Automotive Quality Core Tools are the building blocks of an effective quality management system. They include Advanced Product Quality Planning & Control Plan (APQP), Product Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), and Statistical Process Control (SPC).

Today, most automotive manufacturers and suppliers require use of one or more of the Core Tools. Therefore, organizations whose employees have mastered the Core Tool processes can assure their customers that the industry’s most qualified individuals are working on their behalf and that IATF 16949 and applicable quality reference manual requirements will be met without fail.

AIAG offers publications, training, and certification in all of the essential core tools and IATF 16949. Follow the links below to learn more about the core tools and how you can use them to improve your quality management system.

Automotive Core Tools

Problem Solving

Quality of product is of paramount importance to customer satisfaction and market competitiveness. Currently, companies use their own problem solving processes to comply with customer and certification requirements. While some organizations have developed problem solving processes that are robust and effective, all companies need to adopt best practices as effective problem solving directly impacts product quality and company profitability.

The Effective Problem Solving Guideline represents a consensus of the problem solving methodology and concepts used today by automotive OEMs and their suppliers. This consensus of problem solving methodology improves the consistency of problem solving results at all levels of the industry.

Problem Solving Resources

Model Based Enterprise

The automotive industry is expanding the use of 3D CAD systems and related technology from engineering and product design to tooling, process development, manufacturing operations, and many other downstream business areas. Best practices in the area of Model Based Enterprise, or MBE, help suppliers develop and launch innovative products faster, while maximizing customer value and minimizing waste.

The goal is to produce 3D models that can represent a complete product model in the context of the downstream operation. The majority of OEMs and larger suppliers are now “Model Centric”, where 3D models are developed and used downstream, but these firms and their value-chains still rely heavily upon 2D drawings as the master design authority.

Model Based Enterprise Resources

IATF 16949:2016

Ensure your site is certified to manufacture parts for the auto industry. ISO/TS 16949, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, has become one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, harmonizing the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.

The new IATF 16949:2016 standard calls for the use of best practices beyond just what is included in the document. AIAG offers training and documents in Special Processes, Core Tools, and other best practices to help you meet all of the new requirements. Visit our resource center for training, publications, auditor certifications and more to get you and your team certified.

IATF 16949:2016 Resources

Self-Assessment

The Automotive Quality Core Tools are the building blocks of an effective quality management system. They include: Advanced Product Quality Planning & Control Plan (APQP) Product Part Approval Process (PPAP) Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) Measurement System Analysis (MSA) Statistical Process Control (SPC) Today, most automotive manufacturers and suppliers require use of one or more of the Core Tools.

The Core Tools Knowledge Assessment test basic competency in the automotive core tools, to help you and your organization learn where you stand and where to begin your core tools knowledge journey.

Take the Self-Assessment

Supply Chain Solutions

Recent events have clearly demonstrated the challenges in managing the scope, scale and complexity of today's automotive supply chain.

AIAG's materials management, ecommerce and logistics initiatives are far-reaching and can have a significant impact on supply chain efficiency - whether the goal is to improve the flow of information, reduce in-transit damage, speed up the flow of parts through international borders, or provide greater visibility anywhere in the system.

AIAG Supply Chain Management initiatives provide guidelines, training and educational opportunities to understand and manage the complexity and scope of supply chain issues.

Supply Chain Initiatives

Cybersecurity for Trading Partners

In ever increasing numbers, companies and organizations around the globe have been impacted by cyber security breaches - often resulting in highly sensitive data being compromised, and costly intellectual property theft. This has elevated the need to ensure secure sensitive data while communicating with external business partners.

AIAG has partnered with several major OEMs to develop a common set of industry information sharing security guidelines to address information security concerns when transferring data over electronic networks.. Development of these standardized security guidelines focuses on secure exchange and protection of information between the OEMs and their external business partners.

Cybersecurity Initiatives

Customs/Supply Chain Security (CTPAT)

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a federal government program set up by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows companies shipping goods and materials into the country to become certified as a low-risk security threat. Certification means that cargo can move more quickly through US customs checkpoints.

In order to be CTPAT certified or compliant, a supply chain partner must meet the minimum security requirements as defined by CBP by answering a set of questions. In the past, the questions and associated corrective actions were developed by each Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), causing tremendous duplication of effort throughout the international supply chain and forced suppliers that have multiple OEMs as customers to respond to each unique OEM questionnaire.

AIAG in collaboration with several member companies developed a common system to be used by automotive importers and their supply chain partners’ suppliers to comply with CTPAT requirements.

Customs CTPAT Initiatives

Materials Management

The Global Materials Management Operational Guidelines/Logistical Evaluation (MMOG/LE) is the global standard for supply chain management processes that establishes a common definition of materials practices to facilitate effective communication between trading partners. It consists of a supplier self assessment and continuous improvement tool, and includes a correlating training course that improves materials management efficiency and accuracy while reducing costs from errors and waste.

The tool can be used by both supplier and customer throughout the entire product life cycle, including early product development and pre-production phases, and the post-production aftermarket/service phases.

Materials Management

Global Supplier Visibility Map

Supplier visibility has been on of the many victims of globalization. With lean production and just in time inventory, visibility is what you need most to keep your supply chain at peak performance.

AIAG's Global Supplier Visibility mapping tool can show you which member suppliers are in a given geographic area, allowing you to know if your suppliers are impacted by natural disasters and geopolitical unrest.

Global Supplier Visibility Map

Self-Assessment

Becoming proficient in supply chain best practices has obvious benefits. But where should you begin? The Automotive Supply Chain Self-Assessments allow you and your staff to determine your level of knowledge across many areas of supply chain management, and shows where you may need the greatest help.

Self-Assessment

Corporate Responsibility Solutions

By being both proactive and collaborative, AIAG brings our members together to develop innovative solutions to these and other common CR challenges, both national and international.

AIAG understands the range of CR issues and laws affecting the automotive and related industries, and we stay on top of changing conditions and expectations.

Using this intelligence and our unique position at the nexus of multiple industries and companies, we develop the active insights, trainings and tools our members need to operate responsibly—and profitably.

Select one of our areas of expertise below to learn how AIAG member developed solutions can help you mitigate risk and manage uncertainty in your supply chain.

Corporate Responsibility Solutions

Automotive Global Guiding Principals

This extraordinary alignment between OEMs came out of a need to address issues relevant to the automotive industry today, and to speak with a unified voice on the importance of a sustainable, ethical supply chain.

The amended text augments previously stated positions, and is more inclusive of principles that reflect current industry concerns pertaining to business ethics, human rights, working conditions, and environmental leadership. Updates to the Principles include a number of new expectations, as well as a brief description of each point.

These guidelines are based on fundamental principles of social and environmental responsibility that are compliant with local law, consistent with international expectations and are supported by the sponsoring Auto Manufacturers. Individual manufacturers may have their own standards, codes and policies that supersede these guidelines.

Automotive Global Guiding Principals

Guide for Conflict Minerals Reporting

By being both proactive and collaborative, AIAG brings our members together to develop innovative solutions to these and other common CR challenges, both national and international.

AIAG understands the range of CR issues and laws affecting the automotive and related industries, and we stay on top of changing conditions and expectations.

Using this intelligence and our unique position at the nexus of multiple industries and companies, we develop the active insights, trainings and tools our members need to operate responsibly—and profitably.

Select one of our areas of expertise below to learn how AIAG member developed solutions can help you mitigate risk and manage uncertainty in your supply chain.

Conflict Minerals Resources

Hazardous and Controlled Materials

AIAG's Chemical Management Workgroup is defining the global impact of emerging chemical management or product stewardship regulations on the automotive industry; supporting the development and operation of chemical reporting processes to meet both regulatory and customer requirements; and interacting with other automotive associations on regulatory, customer and reporting requirements.

Chemical Management and Reporting Resources

Supply Chain Sustainiblity

By being both proactive and collaborative, AIAG brings our members together to develop innovative solutions to these and other common CR challenges, both national and international.

AIAG understands the range of CR issues and laws affecting the automotive and related industries, and we stay on top of changing conditions and expectations.

Using this intelligence and our unique position at the nexus of multiple industries and companies, we develop the active insights, trainings and tools our members need to operate responsibly—and profitably.

Select one of our areas of expertise below to learn how AIAG member developed solutions can help you mitigate risk and manage uncertainty in your supply chain.

Supply Chain Sustainability

Self-Assessment

Supply Chain Sustainability Knowledge Assessment (Practitioner-Level) - For the practitoner, AIAG offers a free online assessment based on the Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain that includes terms and knowledge common to the automotive industry and is designed to help on-board employees who have been assigned to champion their company’s sustainability efforts.

Supplier Sustainability Self-Assessment: The Solution to Customer Requests (Enterprise Level) - This excel-based tool quantifies CR program elements companies have implemented, are launching, or are planning. It was created by a team of automotive sustainability professionals and is based on a combination of industry experience and multi-stakeholder engagement. (Excel Download)

Supply Chain Sustainability eTools

AIAG Membership

AIAG offers its members free and discounted products, services, and events, and the exclusive opportunity to volunteer with other industry experts to create the next generation of automotive industry best practices. Learn more about how membership in AIAG can benefit you and your company.