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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!

The ISO/TS 16949 CORE TOOLS alphabet soup of APQP, PPAP, FMEA, MSA, SPC

Friday, February 20th, 2009

For those who are completely new to the automotive supply chain or automotive industry, the term “Core Tools” refers to a series of manuals published by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) that are supplements to the automotive quality standard ISO/TS 16949. The current version is ISO/TS 16949:2002 but will soon (within the first quarter 2009) become ISO/TS 16949:2009.

The following is a list of the core tools along with a brief explanation:

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) – A guide for the detailed planning of how a product will be designed and manufactured. One of the outputs of this process is something called a “Control Plan” which is a detailed step by step listing of how a part is manufactured.

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) – This document provides a listing of the different document levels and requirements needed to have a customer approve a part to be placed into production that will eventually make its way onto a vehicle.

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) – Aligned with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) specification SAE J1739, this process is a great way to document and prioritize potential failures of a part or system.

Measurement System Analysis (MSA) – If you have ever done a Gage R&R (Repeatability and Reproducibility) study, this booklet explains the method used in the ANOVA-based Gauge R&R process.

Statistical Process Control (SPC) – By collecting data from samples at various points within the process using control charts, variations in the process that may affect the quality of the end product or service can be detected and corrected, thus reducing waste as well as the likelihood that problems will be passed on to the customer.

This extremely abbreviated guide to core tools may provide more questions than answers – that is why you should contact the experts at G3 Solutions.

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