Taking the Risk Out of Automotive Supplier Compliance

  • Modern Manufacturing

Keeping up with industry requirements and regulations is critical if you’re an automotive supplier/manufacturer. If you don’t, you won’t be competitive for automotive business where compliance to ISO, and soon International Automotive Task Force (IATF), is a requirement not an option.

Automotive OEMs have identified too much risk in their vast automotive supply chains to consider suppliers who aren't compliant. However, becoming and staying compliant requires a significant amount of work and rigorous management but with the right tools and safeguards, it's much easier than you think.

Through inherent error-proofing that "operationalizes" your quality procedures, you ensure that your operations execute what is documented—and approved by customers—in your control plans. Automotive suppliers who have implemented the Plex Manufacturing Cloud are relying on the system to take the risk out of automotive compliance. They also gain peace of mind that regulations are being enforced including:

Precision Global Systems, an automotive supplier specializing in assembly services to the automotive industry, relied on Plex during initial certification for ISO 14001 and an annual surveillance audit for ISO/TS 16949—which came back with zero non-conformances and zero opportunities for improvement. This kind of result is a rare occurrence—even for the best suppliers.

The consistent workflow engine within Plex enforces procedures and approvals by routing to appropriate managers for compliant activities that have to be completed before any subsequent steps can begin. Throughout the system, “lockouts” provide automatic checks and stops to restrict sensitive processes like not allowing shipment of an automotive component until the required production part approval process (PPAP) package has been approved by the customer.

Keeping compliant with customer and industry regulations keeps your supplier rating high and reduces your risk of charge backs or penalties and especially lost business. Discover more ways to protect your manufacturing business from errors. Download the eBook: 6 Ways Error-Proofing Protects Your Manufacturing Business.

About the Author

Stu Johnson, Director of Product Marketing, Plex Systems

Stu Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry since beginning his career as a design engineer for General Dynamics. He moved into the enterprise software space working in various roles providing solutions for global manufacturers in the consumer, aerospace, automotive, and heavy equipment industries. Currently, Stu serves as Director of Product Marketing for Plex and focuses on the future of manufacturing software. He is also on the Smart Manufacturing Team for the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) exploring topics like the Industrial Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0.