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Ford Announces Transition to IATF 16949:2016

Ford Motor Company is requiring its suppliers to transition to the new International Quality Standard, IATF 16949 which was released in October 2016.  In the announcement, Ford stated that the date suppliers need to have their quality management systems transitioned and recertified to the new standard is September 14, 2018.  Typically, installation of a new Quality Management System or transition to a new revision of a Quality Standard can take anywhere from six months to a year.  Ford is not the first company out of the gate on this, so now is the time to get started with the transition. 

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The new automotive standard was revised to maintain its alignment with the new ISO-9001:2015 Quality Standard. It follows the element sequence of ISO-9001 and emphasizes management by process, including an increased emphasis in the areas of:

  • Capacity and contingency planning and risk assessment;
  • Supplier selection and maintenance;
  • Continual Improvement and Error Proofing;
  • Identification and traceability;
  • Total Productive Maintenance.

The new Automotive Standard was developed by the IATF, the International Automotive Task Force for use by automotive manufacturers and their suppliers around the world.  Other automotive suppliers in the U.S. either have or are expected to follow suit to have their suppliers upgrade to the new IATF 16949:2016 Standard.  Suppliers have to be certified to both the ISO and IATF Standards, as the Automotive Standard is considered an extension of the ISO-9001 Quality Management System Standard.

AKA Assistance

If you are a supplier of the automotive industry in the commonwealth of Kentucky, then you are not on your own.  Advantage Kentucky Alliance (The Manufacturing Extension Program for the state of Kentucky) is prepared to provide assistance to make your transition go smoothly and quickly.  We have experts, certified in IATF 16949:2016 implementation and auditor training, who can show you the changes from the existing TS-16949 Quality Standard to the new Standard, and show you the best way to implement IATF 16949:2016.  Our goal is to ensure you have all the documentation that is required, and not one page more.  Registration or certification is still required by an IATF recognized certification body, but we will be there with you all the way through certification.

For any questions regarding assistance with the new automotive standard, IATF 16949:2016, or assistance in implementation, please contact Kurt Felten, AKA Marketing Specialist at 606-620-0076 or visit our website at www.AdvantageKY.org .

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