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, they are considered a standard throughout the automotive industry and are considered 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.
A well-outfitted workshop will have lots of tools, yet a handful of them get used over and over again. Those “go-to” tools can be thought of as core tools.
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. A major objective of APQP is to provide 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.
Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) establishes a process to anticipate and reduce failures before they happen.
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.
Measurement System Analysis (MSA) is critical to assure that the measurements you are taking are accurate.