I have identified three types of documents of external origin
- Specifications and such, CE documents, ISO documents etc.
- Manufacturer's manuals for subcomponents in the units we manufacture, which ship with the unit
- Supplier's catalogs when supplier part numbers are indicated on the PO
[/list=1] The first two I have a handle on, the last type gives me heartburn. The Supplier's part number is listed in the "Item Master" and on the PO. The item is ordered by our part number and the supplier reference is in a seperate text field in the line below. There is (supposed to be?) an internal drawing (controlled) for all items, and generally there is. The items are accepted/rejected on the basis of the internal drawing. While I would feel better if the supplier's part number were not even mentioned, my contention is that the Supplier Catalog does not need to be controlled for ISO purposes.