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Changes to ISO/TS 16949:2009


Changes to ISO/TS 16949:2009


Improving NPI Process Effectiveness Using Lean Thinking – 6th October 2015

This webinar considered the importance and challenge of managing people behaviour related to NPI process adherence as well as discussing the benefits of defining a formal and structured NPI process. In addition, the webinar discussed how tools are traditionally applied to develop Lean Thinking in manufacturing processes that can be applied to NPI in order to stabilise the process and improve performance.

Presented by Industry Forum’s NPI experts Dave Durbin and Ian Ford, the webinar was a must for anyone, or any organisation, involved in bringing new products to market.

Topics addressed in the webinar:

  • NPI process measurement and data analysis
  • Management support for NPI process adherence
  • Engineering and project resource management
  • Prioritisation of projects against daily production pressures
  • Lean applied to NPI

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Quality Management System Update – 4th September 2015

ISO9001: 2015 will finally be issued in September 2015. The webinar will look at the requirements in the final draft, focusing on the areas of biggest potential impact including “Risk Based Thinking”

This webinar, presented by Paul Hardiman, recognised as an ISO/TS16949 global expert, and Rob Brown from SMMT Oversight, looked at the current status of the  revision process for ISO/TS16949, which will be revised to align with the revised ISO9001.

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Managing Supply Chain Disruption – 20th May 2015

Are disruptive forces impacting your supply chain clearly known and assessed? Do you have critical suppliers that are creating unreasonable risk? Does your supply chain need to be restructured to minimise risk?

Supply Chain Management [SCM] is a vital component of the overall strategy of a company. More and more we see and hear Supply Chains being discussed on mainstream media.  Often, breakdown in a supply chain is cited as the reason why a business has got into difficulties, and is now having to take drastic, unpleasant actions to recover.  Why do Supply Chains struggle?  It is suggested that they operate in a VUCA world:

V – Volatile, variable

U – Uncertain, unpredictable, unstable

C – Complex

A – Ambiguous

All of these, and more, are the culprits for disruption in our Supply Chains, yet we are still expected to deliver to plan, and generate profit for the company and stakeholders.

Some of these disruptions are massive, clear and visible; a recovery project can be put in place, which may take time, but should be effective.

Other disruptions are less obvious, somewhat invisible and it is likely that all stakeholders will not be aware of them.  These are the ones that we need to recognise and begin to address.

This webinar discussed the various forms that these disruptions take and assess their impact upon the attendees’ Supply Chains. It provided suggested actions that can be taken to minimise the underlying causes and effects and start to improve Supply Chain performance.

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Effective closure of system related non-conformities – 16th April 2015

With certification schemes such as the global specification ISO/TS16949 for the automotive industry, there is increasing pressure on organisations to apply effective problem solving techniques to address internal and external system related non-conformities. Failure to do this effectively and prevent reoccurrence can result in organisations losing their certification. While many organisations have effective techniques for solving product related complaints and non-conformities, they do not effectively apply the same techniques to system issues.

This webinar focussed on:

  • The rules related to nonconformity closure
  • Techniques that can be used to find the root cause of issues
  • Show worked examples of both good and bad application
  • Give auditors guidance on what to look for

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How to reduce costs by the effective application of Measurement System Analysis – 11th March 2015

In many suppliers the use of the automotive core tools, including Measurement System Analysis is mandated either by standards such as ISO/TS16949 or by customer specific requirements. Howeve,r many suppliers simply fill in the forms without understanding the results of realising any real benefits.

This webinar focussed on the link between calibration and measurement system analysis and how effective use of MSA data can help reduce calibration costs, reduce the amount of nonconforming product and reduce risk in the event of equipment being damaged during use.

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Six Sigma Black Belt – 27th January 2015

Are you considering whether Six Sigma is right for your organisation? Do you have trained Six Sigma Belts whose capability is not being fully utilised by the organisation? Are your customers asking you to increase Problem Solving capability?

The Industry Forum Six Sigma Black Belt programme, aligned with ISO13953, builds understanding of principles, methods and tools for best practice Problem Solving and Process Improvement.  It equips organisations to identify and quantify opportunities for improvement, organise multi-disciplinary teams, confidently coach others in Six Sigma and deliver bottom-line results through the completion of improvement projects.

This webinar looked at::

  • What business and personal benefits you can expect from a Six Sigma programme
  • How to get the most out of investment in Six Sigma training – and avoid the pitfalls
  • How to select suitable candidates for Black Belt training
  • Preparing and support Black Belt candidates

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What is Autonomous Maintenance (TPM) – 4th December 2014

Are you struggling to introduce Autonomous Maintenance into your operations?  Autonomous Maintenance is a key distinguishing feature of the TPM approach to maintenance and combines the technical restoration of equipment with cultural changes to the maintenance process.  This webinar looked at  how to balance these two aspects of AM in your implementation

  • Why do we need Autonomous Maintenance?
  • What are the key steps in implementing Autonomous Maintenance
  • How to select an AM pilot
  • Who needs to be on the AM team
  • What are the implications for my maintenance team?

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Are you ready for the changes in Management Systems?

The International Organisation for Standardisation has embarked upon a major project to restructure Management System Standards around a common framework.

This webinar focuses on the progress made to date with the revision process, including:

  • Revision to ISO9001 due for publication in 2015
  • Revision to ISO14001 due for publication in 2015
  • Revision in OHSAS18001 (which will become ISO45001 due for publication in 2016.

The webinar gives an opportunity to understand some of the changes proposed and their impact on sector standards such as ISO/TS16949 and AS9100.

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New Product Introduction (NPI) – 5th November 2014

Are your new product introductions struggling to achieve budget, timing and quality targets? Do you find cross-functional teamwork is limited, with new products “thrown over the wall” to production to have to pick up the pieces under extreme time pressure?

The Industry Forum approach to NPI is based around tried and tested principles and tools capable of being applied to manufacturing companies working in all types of industries from low to high volume situations.

Using multi-industry experience, a comprehensive assessment has been developed to help companies identify the gaps between their current status and best practice performance to prepare for the development of a structured cross-functional programme targeted at NPI process improvement.

Our approach starts by understanding the organisation’s ability to structure and manage NPI programmes and tailors a support plan to build capability to deliver effective and efficient products.

The webinar looks at:

  • NPI principles and tools relevant to all industries
  • Application of NPI tools to low volume and single product manufacture
  • The difference between NPI and project management
  • The Industry Forum NPI Effectiveness Assessment
  • Typical tailored support programmes to deliver NPI process development tools

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Are you aware of the common weaknesses found during Certification Body audits of ISO/TS16949:2009?  – 2nd October 2014

The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) implemented a new process by which all nonconformities found during audit are entered into the IATF database for analysis.

The webinar covered

  • Analysis (trend data 2012 – 2014) at both a Global and UK
  • Top 10 major nonconformities
  • Top 10 minor nonconformities
  • Average number of nonconformities per audit
  • % of Major nonconformities per audit
  • Number of audits where zero non conformities are raised

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How to maximise your ISO/TS management system by using automotive core tools – 22nd May 2014

Many companies in the automotive supply chain are mandated by their customers to use the automotive core tools (APQP, FMEA,MSA,SPC and PPAP) within an ISO/TS16949 process based management system.

The webinar covered:

  • Changes in customer requirements related to core tools
  • How to use the core tools to add value and to help achieve zero defect, on time delivery and reduction of cost
  • Key problems found in audits related to the use of the tools and how to take proactive action to prevent

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Global Best Practice in Manufacturing – 7th April 2014

What does Global Best Practice in Manufacturing and Process Industries look like?

Many companies aspire to be world class without really understanding what world class is would look like.

The webinar focussed on the tools and techniques used globally to achieve process improvement, including Lean Manufacturing and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and how success can be measured in the journey towards being truly world class.

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VDA 6.3 Process Audit – 1st April 2014

Are you looking to strengthen quality management and identify risks in your supply chain?

Are you maximising the value of internal audits?

VDA 6.3 defines a set of requirements for undertaking effective process audits and is becoming a mandatory requirement for suppliers to German Automotive OEMs, already mandated by Volkswagen (i.e. Bentley in the UK).

Although developed by the Automotive Industry, VDA 6.3 is applicable to any manufacturing or process industry.

The webinar is designed for Senior Managers, Quality Directors/Managers and Process Auditors interested in understanding more on its structure, application and associated benefits.

The webinar covered:

  • What is VDA 6.3?
  • How is it structured?
  • How to plan and undertake audits?
  • How to evaluate results?
  • What are the benefits?

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Materials Management and Operations Guidelines – Logistic Evaluation MMOG-LE – 3rd March 2014

Are you achieving 100% on-time delivery performance? If not why not? Evaluate why using an internationally recognised assessment tool. MMOG-LE is a globally recognised standard for assessing the effectiveness of all logistics process within an organisation and its supply chain. April 2014 will see the issue of an updated 4th edition.

The webinar covered:

  • What is MMOG-LE?
  • How is it structured?
  • What are the changes in the 4th edition?
  • Who to undertake an assessment and evaluate results?
  • What are the benefits?

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Total Productive Maintenance – 4th February 2014

Are you achieving zero accidents, zero breakdown and zero defect? If not, utilising TPM could be the solution to move towards this goal.

The webinar covered:

  • What is Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)?
  • How is it structured?
  • How to start implementation?
  • What are the benefits?

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ISO/TS16949 Scheme Update – 5th November 2013

Are you a supplier into the automotive industry? Are you aware that there are changes happening to the ISO/TS16949 standard which may affect your company?

The webinar focussed on:

  • Changes in the IATF scheme rules that will affect suppliers in the automotive supply chain.
  • The future structure of ISO9001 and potential impact on ISO/TS16949.
  • Common problems found during ISO/TS16949 audits and how to take action to prevent.

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