|The Elsmar Cove (originally the Cayman Cove) has been on the internet longer than any other quality
assurance / business standards web site of its kind. The Elsmar Cove website has been on the internet for over 17 years, having come online on 5 January 1996 - First as QS9000.com (one of the first 100,000 web sites on the internet). Around mid-2000 I changed to the 16949.com domain. In 2002 I decided to "settle into" a "neutral" domain name - Elsmar.com. A brief history of Elsmar.com can be found here: A History of the Elsmar (aka Cayman) Cove. Elsmar started out with a focus on quality assurance in general, QS-9000 (now TS 16949) and related automotive related requirements, and ISO 9001. But over the yers Elsmar.com has evolved to include discussions of various regulatory affairs issues, manufacturing issues, a bit of six sigma and other quality assurance related tools and aspects - Business Systems are the focus.
Once composed mostly of static pages focusing on quality assurance, ISO 9001 and QS-9000 (now TS 16949), the forum is now the main focus of the Elsmar Cove site and the breadth of topics has significanly widened to address many more business / manufacturing system and standards compliance issues. ISO 9001 (including ISO 9001:2008 Summary of Changes), AS9100, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, and Quality Assurance tools are only a few of the topics discussed. From manufacturing to training discussions, there's a lot in the forums. While the initial focus of the site included QS-9000 and ISO 9001, that focus has broadened to include ISO / TS 16949 and much more. Automotive manufacturing was a primary topic. but we have broadened the site to address ISO 13485 (Medical Devices), ISO 17025 (Calibration and test laboratories), ISO 14001 (the 'Environmental' standard) and numerous other business standards. Several thousand professionals from all over the world meet in the forum every day during the work week.
I hope you'll take a few minutes and browse the forums. You will find it to be an excellent resource for information you're looking for. You may find yourself becoming a regular visitor because the folks who visit are friendly and helpful. You'll find the forums are very active - A wealth of information awaits you! Join us, learn, and help others!
One of the nice things about the Elsmar Cove is there is a lot of free information, free forms and free example quality manuals, Gage R&R spreadsheets, various document templates and other things you would pay for at many sites. Most files are Attachments to Forum Posts in the forums (Look for this symbol in forum discussion thread listings).
Several other areas of focus include the requirements of ISO 17025 (Calibration and Test Laboratories) and ISO 13485 (Medical Devices). If you're in need of information about ISO 9001:2008, TS 16949, AS9100, ISO 14001 or other business standard, you're at the right place. We eat, sleep and breath Quality Assurance and business standards.
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If you need something and you can't find it (or if what you're looking for isn't already here), if you ask someone will typically help out by pointing you to an existing document here or attaching what you're looking for in a post. This is a site where you find People Helping People through sharing and online discussions.
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