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IATF 16949:2016 Section 8.5.1.2 item d) accessible for use at the designated work area(s)

#1
Hello,
I have a question in regards to IATF 16949:2016 Section 8.5.1.2 item d) accessible for use at the designated work area(s).
Can anyone give me some guidance on what "designated work area(s)" means? Let's say we have a manufacturing line with 6 work stations, do the standard work instructions (one for each station) have to be posted at each station or can they be within a Binder located at that manufacturing line?

Thanks!
 

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#2
Hello,
I have a question in regards to IATF 16949:2016 Section 8.5.1.2 item d) accessible for use at the designated work area(s).
Can anyone give me some guidance on what "designated work area(s)" means? Let's say we have a manufacturing line with 6 work stations, do the standard work instructions (one for each station) have to be posted at each station or can they be within a Binder located at that manufacturing line?

Thanks!
You have answered your original question, in your example. You have 6 lines therefore you have 6 designated work areas.

Either a binder at each work station would work or electronically as long as they have access to them.

At one place I worked at they had a dummy terminal that was used to show a slide show on what they were doing.

Just my opinion.
 
#3
You have answered your original question, in your example. You have 6 lines therefore you have 6 designated work areas.

Either a binder at each work station would work or electronically as long as they have access to them.

At one place I worked at they had a dummy terminal that was used to show a slide show on what they were doing.

Just my opinion.
Thanks for responding. I do want to clarify a little more. One manufacturing line consists of 6 work stations, would it be ok to have one binder located at the end of that line that includes the standard work instructions for each station?
 

brandieb1230

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#4
We have multiple stations on an assembly line and keep a work instruction book at the front of the line. Each station has a quick standardized work chart but detailed instructions are not in each station. We have been through multiple audits, even a witness audit this year, and no issues.
 
#5
I am afraid this one falls into the horrible category of it depends.
it depends on who is your auditor, and what their interpretation is of the standards.
Some will accept the 6 work stations as one, and a binder at one point will be OK, another will expect the full control plan, FMEA and WI to be available at all 6.

As for customers, well I have seen this as an argument on the shopfloor between two customer auditors, with my local QM in the middle not knowing which way to go.
 
#6
As a 3rd party IATF auditor, I would (and frequently do) accept having a binder/computer at the end of a line, as long as the line isn't so large that it would not be feasible for the operator to check the instruction if they have questions.
 
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