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Over recent years, ISO / TS 16949 has firmly established itself as a global quality standard in the automotive industry. So far dominant automotive standards such as VDA 6.1, EAQF, AVSQ, QS-9000, etc. have been largely replaced.

ISO / TS 16949 has been specifically developed by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) for the supply chain of the automotive industry. It includes special requirements for the application of ISO 9001, plus the specific requirements of clients. These conditions require organizations to review their management systems and improvement, implementation, verification and measures permanence of their systems to meet customer specifications.

The automotive industry requires maximum efficiency of production linked to a quality of excellence to ensure productivity and competitiveness. Based on these needs automotive manufacturers have structured the ISO/TS16949 technical specification in order to ensure a real improvement, not only in quality, but also of constant cost reduction and process optimization.

Integrated OEE systems like PlantRun can be used to demonstrate continuous improvement of process efficiency, preventative maintenance, quality etc. Continual monitoring gives management teams objective data on which to base their decisions, which has the effect of improving business performance throughout the company.

Update

In October 2016 IATF 16949:2016 was published by IATF and supersedes and replaces ISO/TS 16949, defining the requirements of a quality management system for organizations in the automotive industry. It is aligned with and refers to the most recent version of ISO’s quality management systems standard, ISO 9001:2015. IATF 16949:2016 respects ISO 9001:2015 structure and requirements. IATF 16949:2016 is not a stand-alone quality management standard, but is implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with, ISO 9001:2015.
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