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10 Tips to Prepare for Your Virtual ISO Audit

5/15/2020 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
If your organization is certified to ISO 9001, AS9100D or ISO 14001 and you have an audit scheduled to happen during the current COVID-19 restrictions, these tips are for you! ISO 9001 or 14001 certified organizations with an “ANAB” logo – or “IAF” logo – may be a candidate for conducting what’s known as an “ICT Audit,” which stands for “Information & Communication Technology.”


When the Pandemic is Over: Using ISO to Plan & Prepare

5/1/2020 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
For organizations that are compliant to ISO 9001:2015 (including AS9100D and IATF 16949), there are several requirements that can be used to assist in getting back to business as usual – and putting together a plan is one of them.


Coming to Terms

3/6/2020 - BY: DALE WICKER
In the manufacturing world, and specifically in the area of Quality Management, many technical terms are used that people also use in everyday life. However, they don't always have the same meaning. This can lead to misunderstandings and serious problems in production if team members can't differentiate between everyday meanings and technical meanings. 


You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

2/14/2020 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
In the past, we've related ISO 9001 documentation to both the Pyramids of Giza and currency. Now, we turn our attention to what is referred to as "retained documented information," or more commonly known as "Quality records."


Recognizing & Eliminating Food Processing Failures Through FMEA

1/31/2020 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
Anyone with experience in the food processing industry would agree that a lot can go wrong when manufacturing food products. To ensure these food failures are identified and prevented ahead of time, Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) can help.


Quality Document Control - What's in Your Wallet?

12/6/2019 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Former versions of ISO 9001 detailed the need for a Quality Manual, documented procedures and, at the process-control level, work instructions. These types of documents are no longer prescribed by the international standard.  However, once an organization has determined specific documentation is useful, that documentation must still be controlled to an extent. 


Step This Way: Walking Through AIAG/VDA's New 7-Step FMEA Approach

11/8/2019 - BY: STEVE VAMPLEW
After much anticipation, the 1st Edition AIAG/VDA FMEA Handbook has finally been published and automotive suppliers are starting to become familiar with its contents. One of the most noticeable changes in this new edition is a structured and prescriptive framework defined within the 7-Step Approach.


How LEAN Are Your Internal Quality Auditors?

9/13/2019 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Commonly, internal quality auditors conduct their audit assignments only to make sure everyone is "following procedures." Unfortunately, this approach fails to address the effectiveness of only doing what is written down. This neglect results in important facets of any QMS being overlooked.


Busting the Myth of 'Quality with a Capital Q'

8/2/2019 - BY: DALE WICKER
Even in today's manufacturing world, differing beliefs surrounding quality still exist. One of the most popular myths in the industry is the belief that 'Quality' with a capital Q, is solely the responsibilty of the Quality Department. That is... False! To truly achieve quality in a given product or process, manufacturers must establish quality as a strategic priority throughout the entire organization, not just the Quality Department. 


No Time for ISO 9001...

5/17/2019 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…” go the lyrics of Pink Floyd’s song “Time." The meaning behind the song’s lyrics, while strongly applicable to everyday life, also is an apt description for the way certain clauses of ISO 9001:2015 are implemented.


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