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  • Minimum number of audits per year requirement

    Per IATF 16949, 7.2.3, internal auditors need to execute a minimum number of audits per year, as defined by the organization. We have some internal audits who did not perform any audits last year. Now it seems we are in a paradox. Do they have to start all over and get retrained and certified? If they perform an audit now, will it be valid, since they do not currently meet the requirement? Is there a more efficient way to re-qualify the auditors, rather than going all the way back to square one?
  • Requirements for analytical laboratories under 16949 designation

    Can you tell me analytical lab requirements for the 16949 standard?
  • Accreditation for 3D machines

    We are at the very early stages of developing plans for the introduction of 100 SME’s to print 3D parts for OEMs.

    Quite a tall order I know, but feasible if every area plays a part.
    I’m still unsure about the IATF requirements when it comes to 3D printing and how this all works when supplying OEMs. I couldn’t find this clause that you made reference to previously so perhaps you could send me the actual clause or the link directly to it? Essentially, I still need your support and guidance to make this work. Without IATF approval, the plans are futile. The plan is to

    Create a minimum of 200 jobs in SA - SME’s to manufacture automotive parts for Electric Vehicles
    Grow the economy using existing technology (3D printing) for the next generation of vehicles i.e. EV. I plan to develop the plans to set up a new purpose-built greenfield manufacturing plant where SME’s can come together to manufacture components for local and international OEMs specifically for EV’s  I need to work with OEMs to identify the components that are not critical safety items and can be printed using Additive Manufacturing.
    Setting up a massive manufacturing site where each 3D printer receives requests from OEMs and they print them as per the orders ‘locally’.
    So that's it in a nutshell. Anything you can do to assist me here I would really appreciate it.
    The incentive for you is there will be the need for the IATF certificate. The question is, will we need accreditation for the plant OR for each product that is produced by the 3D machines?"

  • Mandatory checkpoint to be present in product audit

    What are the mandatory checkpoint should present in a product audit? As per IATF requirement neither itself product audit is invalid?

  • Certification requirements for SME's - Automotive

    I am looking into building local supply chain for the supply of diverse automotive components for local OEMs
    Creating jobs and manufacturing locally are key requirements for SA and many other countries I believe. 

    What are the requirements for SME’s to be able to supply OEMs with parts from a IATF16949 perspective?

    The cost to get certified is prohibitive for most SME’s and so I am investigating ways to work with you to get our economy up and running again. 

    My vision is to get 100 SME’s IATF certified to manufacture non critical components using 3D technology.

    Can you please assist. I have a meeting tomorrow and would really appreciate being able to give them feedback on this critical point.

    One more point, is how does IATF change when it comes to 3D printing of components for 

  • Standard approach/Framework for meeting all Quality clauses

    First, I would like to thank you for the content available on your side 

    Let's say, for example, the APQP approach can be implemented for meeting the criteria for design and development and related clause. Do we have a standard approach/Framework for meeting all Quality clauses, which will ensure that efficiency of my process? 

  • Sheet metal industries (press shop) process validations

    sheet metal industries (press shop)process validations, any guidelines?

  • Is Core Tools the most important tools in implementing IATF 16949?

    Is Core Tools the most important tools in implementing IATF 16949? Why?

  • Do internal auditors need training?

    Do internal auditors need training?

  • IATF 16494 queries

    1. My understanding is that IATF16949 primarily applies to an internal manufacturing site, with support functions including design, sales etc being included in the scope. But what if we want to include other design groups in the scope, but their products are not manufactured internally, but at external IATF16949 certified suppliers? Can they be included in the scope? Or can we only include design groups that design products that are manufactured in the certified manufacturing location?

    2. If we want to have a Single Manufacturing site certified, but with other internal manufacturing sites includes as extended sites, there are criteria outlined in the IATF "rules" Annex 4 that I would like clarification on: E.g.

    • The extended site can have "No autonomous decision making authority". This is clearly not practical for any company as all sites would have local on-site leadership.
    • Extended sites should be located within a "reasonable proximity" of the main mfg site. What is the definition of "reasonable proximity" ?
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