QMS Core Tools

Core Tools

Core Tools are the “six pack” from the automotive standard ISO/TS 16949 – a basic set of tools that allow an organization to control their process in order to provide repeatable products to their customers. Taken together, these tools will provide the data necessary to demonstrate process control for ISO or TS (automotive) systems.


Core Tool Topics

  • Advanced Product Quality Planning – APQP
    • lays out the system from proof of concept through full production
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis – FMEA
    • identifies the potential failure modes and their effects for design or processes
  • Production Part Approval Process – PPAP
    • provides a map for parts approval at varying levels of submission
  • Problem Solving – 8D
    • eight disciplines for identifying root cause(s) and corrective actions
  • Measurement Systems Analysis – MSA
    • Provides gage repeatability and reproducibility (Gage R&R) techniques and analysis
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC
    • analysis of a process to identify and eliminate special causes


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