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Is your company registered to ISO/TS 16949? If so, be aware that the new Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA) 4th edition is available!

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

According to the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), The new Measurement Systems Analysis Reference Manual (MSA), Fourth Edition is now available!

Developed jointly by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company, the MSA reference manual provides guidance to automotive suppliers. The manual does not define requirements; it is a recommended guidance document and provides reference for selecting procedures to assess the quality of a measurement system.

The AIAG says that companies can begin using the MSA 4th Edition immediately. Due to the release of the MSA 4th Edition, the MSA 3rd Edition is now obsolete and no longer available through AIAG. However, it is recommended that you keep a copy of the MSA 3rd Edition for reference purposes.

The manual can be purchased through the AIAG. For additional help with MSA, contact G3 Solutions today!

For AS9100, familiarity with OASIS is a must!

Monday, June 8th, 2009

If your organization is working on the implementation of AS9100, AS9110, or AS9120, the OASIS (Online Aerospace Supplier Information System) database resource is essential as an information tool. Maintained by SAE International, the system provides aerospace supplier certification and registration data that includes information on accreditation bodies, the certification bodies accredited for the scheme, auditors approved for the aerospace scheme and certified suppliers.

To use this resource, you must sign up and register. There is no charge to do this – sign up and registration is free. Simply go to www.sae.org/oasis and the on-line instructions are easy.

For more info or help with OASIS, contact the experts at G3 Solutions.

Identifying Environmental Aspects for ISO 14001

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

During ISO 14001 implementation, the most important exercise a company will go through is identifying all possible environmental aspects. Without a proper and thorough examination of all processes, functions and grounds of a facility, the rest of the environmental management system (EMS) is an exercise in meaningless documentation.

Once all aspects are identified, a determination must be made as to what aspects are significant and if they are within the organizations ability to control. This is best conducted through some type of risk analysis format such as a failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) type review of the aspects.

If the process of identifying all environmental aspects of your company’s activities is becoming a daunting task due to limited or stretched resources, contact the experts at G3 Solutions today!

ISO 9001 – It is time to put the “document nightmare” perception away! (Part 2 of 3)

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

As we stated in Part 1, documentation for ISO 9001 does not need to be complex. With that being said, the next question that we are usually asked is “How do I show conformance to the standard when I don’t have a document for everything?”

In the ISO 9001 guidance document “Introduction and support package: Guidance on the documentation requirements of ISO 9001:2008”, it states the following:

“To claim conformity with ISO 9001:2008, the organization has to be able to provide objective evidence of the effectiveness of its processes and its quality management system. Clause 3.8.1 of ISO 9000:2005 defines ‘objective evidence’ as ‘data supporting the existence or variety of something’ and notes that ‘objective evidence may be obtained through observation, measurement, test, or other means.”

This suggestion provides an amazing amount of flexibility in showing conformance to the standard. If you need assistance with your ISO 9001 system, contact the ISO 9001 experts at G3 Solutions today!

ISO 9001 – It is time to put the “document nightmare” perception away! (Part 1 of 3)

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Although it is true that ISO 9001 does require documented evidence for many requirements, this should not be interpreted as needing a new document for everything you do. Many times companies can modify existing documents to provide evidence of conformity to ISO 9001 requirements. Standards such as ISO/TS 16949, AS9100, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and others have additional requirements for added documents, but the same strategy of modifying existing documents can be used for a majority of those additional demands.

In the ISO 9001 guidance document “Introduction and support package: Guidance on the documentation requirements of ISO 9001:2008 Document: ISO/TC 176/SC 2/N525R2, October 2008″, it states “For organizations wishing to demonstrate conformity with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, for the purposes of certification/registration, contractual, or other reasons, it is important to remember the need to provide evidence of the effective implementation of the QMS. Organizations may be able to demonstrate conformity without the need for extensive documentation.

There are other recommendations for document control which we will list in future posts. Just remember that the standard gives you an incredible amount of flexibility in putting together your documentation. If you would like additional ideas on how you can control your ISO documentation, contact the experts at G3 Solutions today!

ISO Internal Audits – can they be done by an outside party?

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Many companies are choosing to outsource their internal audit process because of various resource issues within the organization. A number of reasons for this trend are becoming more common throughout many industries.

After spending large sums of money training a pool of good internal auditor candidates, an organization may find that some within that group take on new positions and responsibilities that either do not allow time for conducting internal audits or they are no longer able to audit certain areas because of their new role. Some employees will leave the organization and some will just decide that internal auditing is not for them. This is especially true in companies that are registered to such standards as ISO/TS 16949, AS9100 and other industry specific standards based on ISO 9001. The methods needed for conducting internal audits in these standards can be rather time consuming in terms of preparation.

Another reason is that some companies will use a large pool of internal auditors where most of them may only get a chance to audit one time per year. For small companies with simple processes, this isn’t a big deal. For other organizations that have a multitude of key processes and departments, the auditing process can lose its effectiveness because of a lack of auditing experience by the internal auditor.

If your internal audit program has stalled and surveillance audits are approaching, let G3 Solutions show you how to ease the burden of having limited time for a complex internal audit schedule. Not only can G3 Solutions auditors pinpoint critical areas and nonconformances, G3 Solutions consultants and auditors can provide expertise in helping your organization develop cost-saving strategies to implement as part of the corrective action.