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AS9100 Core Tools Explained

What are Core Tools?

Quality Core Tools is the group of problem solving skills that originated in the automotive industry and were developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group (“AIAG”).  AIAG requires these core tools to evaluate and improve a Quality Management System (QMS).  But Quality Core Tools can be applied to other industries, and work especially well in the aerospace industry, among others.  There are many statistical tools used to solve problems, but the AIAG determined that the five tools below are a core requirement for evaluating your QMS.

If you are 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 well on your way to AS9100 Certification and an improved 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 OEM’s require of their suppliers.  It is a process to show your customer 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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