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Author Topic:   QS9000TE
Mark Z
posted 08 August 2001 08:24 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just been tasked with gaining accreditation to QS9000 TE (we already have ISO9001:1994) - anyone have any ideas about how and where to start?

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posted 08 August 2001 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Laura M   Click Here to Email Laura M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just worked with a company that got TE.
Where to start? Well, depends on where you are. Long term stuff is going to be the APQP project planning - if you don't already have a good process. Do a good gap analysis and see what you are missing. Put together a timeline - hold folks accountable.

Feel free to ask more specific questions.


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posted 09 August 2001 05:18 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the tips Laura, could I ask one more question - what is the best way to perofmr the gap analysis? My apologies for the question, i have never completed a gap analysis before.

Thanks for your help in advance


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posted 09 August 2001 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Laura M   Click Here to Email Laura M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Use the QSA/TE.

I found most companies have a "process" but maybe not a documented procedure. So where the QSA says is there "a procedure for"....the answer may be no, but they have a process. Flow chart the process and you have a procedure. Although you will find various ways of doing the same thing if it isn't documented and that's when you start getting groups together and hammering out a best practice.

The QSA is the easiest way to find the "gaps."


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posted 13 August 2001 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for louie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RE: Gap Analysis

I found it helpful to sit with each department and do a flow chart of their current process.

Then I outlined for the management personnel, the QS9000 TE issues that were missing (and showed them, where in their flow that I thought they should go, and asked them to put processes in place to meet those requirements.

Remember to keep it simple - easy to follow, easy to audit, easy to monitor.

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posted 16 August 2001 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Evans   Click Here to Email Jim Evans     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

We just received our TE Certificate a couple of weeks ago. Since TE is such a broad topic you may want to first determine if all portions of TE are applicable to you. In our case we made material handling racks for automotive components. So certain portions of TE really didn't have any meaning to us (e.g. machinery runoff requirements, 20 hour dry runs etc.). We were able to have our customers waive or at least redefine these requirements. Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions. Good Luck.


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