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Layered Process Audits… Don’t Believe They’re Just Audits
Layered Process Audit article originally appearing in the Fall 2005 issue of Automotive Excellence. Written by Murray Sittsamer, President of The Luminous Group. The article is in PDF format. This article by Murray Sittsamer, President of The Luminous Group, originally appeared as the cover story in Automotive Excellence, the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Automotive Division publication, Fall 2005.
Introduction: Driven by demands for zero-defects and aggressive cost-reductions, the need for control of manufacturing processes has never been greater, especially in the automotive industry. In today’s business environment suppliers cannot rely on inspection of parts and remain cost competitive. Instead, the focus is swinging to the basics of proactive process control and risk mitigation, for both automatic and human-dependant tasks. Fundamental to improving process control, is verifying that critical process elements are compliant with requirements on an ongoing basis.

For many years automotive parts suppliers have implemented Layered Process Audits (LPA). LPAs have been mandated by the major automotive OEMs. Now, other industries are considering directing their suppliers to implement Layered Process Audits. One of the most powerful strategies to take a good supplier and make them better; or take a great supplier and keep their quality metrics from declining. Certainly improvement in customer quality levels is important to the supplier and its customers; but for the supplier itself, those benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Download the entire article here... read more

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