Yazaki Europe Ltd opts for EQMS

Posted by Emily Hill on Mon, Oct 24, 2016

International automotive parts manufacturer, Yazaki Europe Ltd, is in the process of implementing a range of EQMS modules to improve overall business efficiency. EQMS will assist the manufacturer to optimise processes by providing rapid response to business issues and automating time-heavy administrative activities.



Yazaki was founded in 1929 by Sadami Yazaki and now employs almost 300,000 people worldwide in 45 countries across over 400 locations. The world's largest producer of wiring harnesses also supplies terminals, connectors and other electronic components for automotive vehicles.

In a move to continuously improve all processes, Yazaki Europe Ltd recognised an opportunity to implement a new electronic quality management system which could manage their complex audit requirements. After a competitive tendering process, Yazaki Europe Ltd selected Qualsys Ltd.

A full suite of EQMS modules are now being configured to meet Yazaki Europe Ltd's unique quality requirements. The solution will be used to cut out time-heavy administrative activities and ensure internal and supplier audits are managed in a closed-loop.


About EQMS 

Robust Audit Scheduling   

EQMS Audit and Inspection Manager provides end-to-end functionality for managing the complete audit lifecycle. Authorised users are able to:

  • Plan and schedule audits. 
  • Develop standard audit plans and checklists. 
  • Control data field collection and built-in remediation workflows. 


360-Degree Visibility into Performance

iEQMS, a permission controlled mobile auditing application, provides critical functionality for a multi-location workforce. Within the application, auditors are able to: 

  • Raise findings and actions.
  • Attach sound, video or documentation as evidence.
  • Work offline, as the application automatically re-synchronises once WiFi connectivity is restored.


100% Accountable

Any issues, completed and overdue actions can then be viewed through the EQMS Dashboard. The dashboard has a 1-click drill down functionality, enabling rapid response to business issues. Actions can even be directed at Supplier staff without giving them access to other records in the system. EQMS features: 

  • Built-in remediation workflows.
  • Time tracking.
  • Email based notifications and alerts.



Want end-to-end functionality for managing your complete audit lifecycle with easy status tracking?

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Tags: Audit Management Software, New Customers, ISO/TS 16949

ISO/TS 16949 revision: What you need to know now

Posted by Emily Hill on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

Automotive manufacturers are only too aware how design and development defects, production waste, and variation leads to increased costs, delays and compliance issues, compelling automotive manufacturers to focus on quality more than ever before. 

Since 1999, ISO/TS 16949 has been firmly established as the global standard of quality in the automotive industry, harmonising automotive standards such as VDA 6.1, EAQF, AVSQ and QS-9000. 

Now ISO/TS 16949 is being radically revised to ensure it meets modern needs, bringing with it questions and concerns over the new structure, documentation requirements and other changes required to conform to the new standard. If you are interested in reading more about the changes to the standard, please find some answers to your frequently answered questions below.

1) How will the structure of the standard change?  

ISO/TS 16949:2009 is based on ISO 9001:2008 and refers to its clauses. However, ISO 9001:2015 is significantly different to the 2008 version and is also built around the new ISO Annex SL specification. It fits then that the revision of ISO/TS 16949 will align with the ISO 9001:2015 based structure and requirements.annex_sl.png

If you have already transitioned to ISO 9001:2015 you will already be familiar with the new high level structure. But if you have not yet transitioned, you may want to familiarise yourself with the Annex SL framework. We would highly recommend reading the CQI's Annex SL briefing notes document for more information.  


2) How will our Certification Body audits change?

One of the changes to the standard is how sites will be audited. In 2014, the Certification Body Communique announced "One postal address, one certificate". This eliminated manufacturing site extensions from the CB audit. 

However, key stakeholders have expressed concerns that this is causing too much of an emphasis on the physical address of a manufacturing site, rather than focusing on the quality management system. It has been reported that some suppliers are even allocating time and money to find workarounds to accomplish one physical address to avoid lots of duplicated audit preparation, audit execution and audit reporting. 


This is being addressed by allowing certificates to be awarded to a 'single manufacturing site with extended manufacturing site(s). 

Read more about these changes here.


3) What are the key dates for my diary? 

Q3 2016: Supplier training for the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) QMS standard will be announced.

Q4 2016: The revised standard will be published

Q1 2017: The IATF will be offering Certification Body auditor training and testing materials for auditors.

14th September 2018: Deadline for upgrade to ISO/TS 16949:2016. 


4) When can I transition? 

You may transition during your next planned surveillance or recertification audit, or at any other time outside your normal surveillance audit cycle.

The audit will take the duration of a recertification audit and up to one additional day on-site. This extra time provides the Certification Body with an opportunity to review the changes made by the organisation to their quality management system to incorporate both ISO 9001:2015 and the revised automotive requirements. 


5) How can I use EQMS for my transition to ISO 16949:2016?

When standards and regulations are updated, EQMS is particularly useful to evidence how and when you have implemented changes. For example, EQMS Document Manager enables you to communicate, control and evidence any change in processes, policies and procedures:

  • Systematically review and update critical documentation employing full version control.
  • Send notifications about updated documentation to relevant parties and let them know what they need to do and by what date.
  • Use the workflow to make sure all changes follow your approval processes. 
  • Check all relevant stakeholders, including suppliers, have acknowledged the changes by checking your KPI dashboard. 

This embeds compliance, minimises error and mitigates risk.

For more information about EQMS Document Manager, you will find all of the essential information on our datasheets. Download the datasheets here. 


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Tags: ISO/TS 16949