Changing the Industry: Advantek Achieves IATF 16949:2016 Compliancy
For over 40 years, the industry has acknowledged Advantek as a leader in compliance with global standards for quality, environment regulations, and a business code of conduct. The reputation comes from years of perfecting their processes and staying true to their vision: to be the world’s leading provider of precision component delivery systems. They focus on building long-term customer relationships and meeting their demands as the market changes.
With this in mind, they understood how critically important it was to their automotive-specific customers–and the automotive industry as a whole–to comply with international automotive quality standards, IATF 16949. IATF 16949 is a Quality Management System (QMS) standard designed specifically for direct suppliers.
Achieving IATF 16949 certification has been an ongoing project for Advantek. During this process, they learned how their products and production sites were not eligible for “certification”, as none of their products are directly used or installed into automobiles. This is a key requirement in certification.
[IATF 16949:2016 Clause 1.1 Scope: This Automotive QMS Standard defines the quality management system requirement for the design and development, production and, when relevant, assembly, installation, and services of automotive-related products, including products with embedded software]
Although Advantek was not eligible to be certified, their quality objectives still aligned with the goal of IATF 16949. Specifically, the company develops and operates under a quality management system that provides for continual improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste.
After passing IATF 16949:2016 QMS standard audits at their global manufacturing locations in the USA, China, Taiwan, and the Philippines, Advantek was awarded IATF 16949:2016 compliancy—an achievement as close to certification as they could qualify for. They received a Certificate of Alignment, acknowledging that their internal quality management system is congruent with that used in the automotive industry.
“Advantek is again leading the carrier tape industry by attaining alignment to IATF, a global quality standard required of suppliers to automotive companies,” says Helen Mangente, Global Quality Assurance Director.
Today, Advantek is proud to announce their procedures and processes are in full compliance with IATF QMS quality requirements. Achieving IATF 16949 compliancy continues to build on Advantek’s commitment to deliver industry-leading quality and Technology Made For You™.
For more information, please contact Helen Mangente.