Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers face ever-changing customer demands, in addition to growing safety and environmental concerns. Now, more than ever, automotive manufacturers must balance goals of increasing productivity, efficiency, and innovation, with needs of improving product quality, safety, and reliability.
In order to compete in the global market, automotive manufacturers must conform to ISO 9000 quality management standards, ISO 14000 environmental management standards, and TS 16949 - a technical specification used in conjunction with ISO 9001:2000 - which can be applied throughout the automotive supply chain. The Big Three - General Motors, Ford, and DaimlerChrysler - also require their suppliers to obtain QS-9000 registration. These three companies developed QS-9000 to cover some of their requirements not addressed by ISO 9000.
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For automotive companies and suppliers, the ultimate goal is to manufacture safe, reliable, and high-quality vehicles and components. To achieve this goal, they must address many quality-related challenges, including:
The MasterControl automotive integrated quality management suite is a configurable, easy-to-use solution that helps companies attain and sustain ISO certification and regulatory compliance. MasterControl connects different departments with each other and with data and processes under a secure and centralized web-based system. This connectivity helps promote quality throughout the enterprise by allowing management to continuously monitor and proactively improve the quality system. MasterControl can help automotive companies and their suppliers meet quality standards and increase efficiency.