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AS9100 Core Tools Explained

Quality Core Tools is the group of problem-solving skills that originated in the automotive industry.  There are many statistical tools used to solve problems, but the IAQG is following the automotive industry’s lead and recommending that these five tools are critical to improving your QMS.

What are IAQG Core Tools?

Core tools are building blocks to effectively create and manage an organization’s quality management system. AS9100 Core Tools help you understand and monitor your Quality Management System (QMS). Using core tools will enhance your ability to understand the effectiveness of your AS9100 QMS, but they are not specifically mentioned in the AS91xx standards.

An analogy would be… If you are a carpenter, you need to have a few basic (core) tools in your toolbox like a hammer, nails, tape measure, etc.  And, you need to know how to use them. Quality Core Tools are the five basic statistical tools you need to have in your toolbox, and once you learn how to use them, you will be better prepared to improve your QMS.

Click on each of the Core Tools below to learn more, view a free tutorial, purchase training, and purchase documents.

APQP - Advanced Product Quality Training

APQP outlines a process for introduction of a new product while minimizing risk. It is a disciplined process for suppliers to ensure they are capable of designing product and/or manufacturing systems that will meet their automotive customers’ requirements. 

FMEA - Failure Mode and Effects Analysis

FMEA is a type of risk assessment that uses a step-by-step approach to identify potential failures in a design, process, product, or service, which allows for analysis to prevent or reduce future failures.  

MSA - Measurement System Analysis

MSA is the application of ensuring that your organization’s inspection, measuring, and test equipment provides reliable and relevant measurement data.

PPAP - Production Part Approval Process

PPAP is a standardized approval method automotive OEMs require of their suppliers.  It is a process to show your customers that you can make their parts on an ongoing basis.

SPC - Statistical Process Control

SPC includes a series of tools to methodically monitor and control manufacturing processes and also may be applied throughout many other processes in an organization.


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