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Suppliers to the automotive industry know: New customer-specific requirements (CSR) mean work. This currently affects all Ford suppliers, who have to implement new CSRs of the US car manufacturer by the end of 2022 and ensure an "Ideal Living FMEA System" in their company. CSR (abbreviation for Customer Specific Requirements) are common in the automotive industry and include additional requirements for suppliers' quality systems. This increases and ensures the quality of processes and products, but entails increased effort and additional costs for the suppliers concerned.
In this blog article, you can read what Ford suppliers now need to know, how they can cleverly master the extra work, and how professional FMEA software can help them to effectively and reliably implement the necessary requirements.
Suppliers in the automotive industry must comply with the internationally valid standard IATF 16949, which sets out key requirements for the companies' quality management systems (QMS) and is a prerequisite for being allowed to work with OEMs in the automotive industry at all. IATF 16949 supplements the ISO 9001 QMS standard, and there are additional customer-specific requirements that suppliers must also meet. The measures are aimed at optimizing company processes along the entire supply chain, avoiding errors and ensuring that quality targets are met in the long term. This poses challenges for suppliers, but also offers opportunities: They must analyze and understand customer requirements and implement them in their QM system, but can also use them to optimize their own quality management system.
OEMs increasingly require their suppliers to work with a professional FMEA software. The reason: FMEA software is the most important tool for preventive failure analysis. With the help of a database-based FMEA, defects in products and processes can be avoided before they occur, thus guaranteeing compliance with important requirements and standards.
The new Ford CSR also focuses on the use of a software-based FMEA, which considerably simplifies many work processes. Ford is concerned with an "Ideal Living FMEA System" - in other words, a living FMEA instead of a static document. For suppliers, this means:
Customer-specific requirements pose a challenge to suppliers, but with the help of clever FMEA software, they can be implemented easily and effectively, turning the extra effort into a lucrative benefit. This also applies to the new Ford CSRs. The prerequisite is that the FMEA software is embedded in a modular CAQ system and consistently follows the control loop principle. This brings various advantages not only to Ford, but also to you as a supplier.
With iqs FMEA, you benefit from a clever tool that collects all experience and knowledge equity from your development and production, makes it available to the entire company as a powerful knowledge store - and thus fulfills Ford's requirements for an "Ideal Living FMEA System". Specifically:
Best-Practice-Tipp: To penetrate and implement customer-specific requirements is a challenge. iqs Software GmbH with its field-tested experience knows CSR and offers support and training for the efficient use of CAQ solutions in your company.
Ford's new customer-specific requirements (CSR) must be implemented by the end of 2022 in order to continue working with Ford as a supplier. Suppliers in the automotive industry must deal with the CSR, adapt the processes in their company and work with suitable CAQ software. Because at the heart of Ford's CSR is an "Ideal Living FMEA System" that calls for modular, fully automated quality management for consistent and sustainable defect prevention - linked, consistent, and always up-to-date. Providers of high-quality CAQ software offer solutions here and help to implement Ford's customer-specific requirements in a targeted and reliable manner with clever FMEA software.