May, 2007 Newsletter Articles

PPAP Manual Available as e-Document

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The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) Fourth Edition Manual offered by AIAG is now available as an e-document. The PPAP Manual was updated last year to align with the automotive process approach. The document sets forth requirements for production part approval, as defined by Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. The purpose of PPAP is to determine if all customer engineering design record and specification requirements are properly understood by the supplier, as well as, that the process has the potential to produce...

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How to Audit ISO 9001:2000, Clause 4.1

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Remember when you were in school and had to write a paper on some subject? The teacher would remind you to use the opening paragraph to provide an overview before getting into the details. The opening paragraph is like a road map that helps guide the reader through the rest of your paper. Well, clause 4.1 serves that purpose for the standard. However, due to the broad scope of ISO 9001:2000, clause 4.1, auditors often wonder how to assess its general requirements. The answer: by recognizing its linkages to the clauses in the remainder of the...

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Changes to ISO 9001 for Clauses 5 and 6

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In the last newsletter, I reviewed the proposed changes for clause 4 of the draft ISO 9001:2009 standard. This month, we’ll look at the suggested changes for clause 5, Management Responsibility, and clause 6, Resource Management. 5. Management Responsibility The clause 5 changes are a revision to Management Commitment to include statutory requirements, as well as, clarify that the Management Representative must be a member of the organization’s management. 5.1 Management Commitment a) communicating to the organization the...

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Software-as-a-Service

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According to Gartner, a global IT research firm, the annual cost to own and manage software applications can be up to four times the cost of the initial purchase. As a result, companies end up spending more than 75% of their total IT budget just on maintaining and running existing systems and software infrastructure. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) revolution allows companies to subscribe to software applications and outsource operating the back-end infrastructure to the SaaS vendor. In most cases, the SaaS vendor can do this much more cost...

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ISO/TS 22003 for Food Safety Audits

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A newly published document in the ISO 22000 series gives the requirements for the bodies that carry out auditing and certification of food safety management systems. ISO/TS 22003:2007 defines the rules applicable for the audit and certification of a food safety management system (FSMS) that complies with the requirements given in ISO 22000:2005. It also provides confidence to customers about the way certification of their suppliers has been granted. FSMS certification does not attest to the safety or fitness of the products of an organization...

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