Core Tools

Core Tools Curriculum

Over the past 30 plus years, the application of quality improvement techniques throughout industry has evolved, but a handful of tools have risen to the top because they consistently deliver proven results.  Now known as Core Tools or AIAG Core Tools, they are considered a standard throughout the automotive industry and are fundamental to producing quality products.  In fact, the aerospace, defense, pharmaceutical and medical industries are adopting core tools as their standard requirements throughout their supply chains.

Like tools in the workshop, there are lots of tools in the toolbox, but some tools get used over and over again. Those "go-to" tools can be thought of as core tools..

This set of core tools facilitates communications between suppliers and customers by providing a common language and process for designing and manufacturing products.

Core Tools Courses

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) defines a process for creates a roadmap for developing new products complete with time-based milestones and decision points along the way. APQP is considered a core tool because it is a vehicle for suppliers and customers to work together when developing a new product. This helps assure that the product is delivered on time and with the highest added-value. New Product Introductions (NPIs) have a greater success rate when the principles of the APQP approach are followed.

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) provides a formal, standardized framework for customer-supplier communications regarding the specification and quality requirements for products, parts and materials. As a core tool, PPAP ensures suppliers and customers both have the same understanding of product requirements and how those measures will be evaluated and confirmed.

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a core tool that uncovers potential failure modes, assesses the risk those failure modes and establishes action priorities to mitigate the highest priority risks. FMEAs can be conducted on both designs (DFMEA) and processes (PFMEA).

Statistical Process Control (SPC) gives operators a tool to monitor stable processes and to identify when the process is going out of control due to special causes so that problems can be addressed before product quality is affected. SPC is an important core tool because it sends signals with a capable process is statistically shifting outside of the range of normal, expected variation.

Measurement System Analysis (MSA) is critical core tool because it assures that the measurements you are taking are accurate. If the measurement system is not giving your accurate information, then it will be impossible to know if product is being produced meets the customers’ requirements.

Recommended Training Schedule

Because our training is online and available 24/7/365, you determine your training schedule, based on your needs and time available.  One approach might be to take one course a month, which means you could complete the Core Tools Training in 5 months or you could take the courses one after another an complete the training is under a week.  The choice is yours.

Core Tools Training (~29 hours of training; 4.5 training credits)

  • APQP
  • PPAP
  • Basic SPC
  • FMEA Training
  • Measurement System Analysis
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