Ford Q1 Second Edition
Ford Q1 Second Edition suggests that a supplier's facility or manufacturing site
has achieved excellence in five important areas: capable systems, high performance,
superior manufacturing process, and satisfied customers. The Q1 mark is considered
worldwide as an indication of exceptional quality. The new Q1 Second Edition has
improved on former Q1 guidelines. It has been more closely associated with customer
satisfaction outcomes. The Supplier Improvement Metrics (SIM) is now directly linked
to the Q1 status. Q1 Second Edition incorporates the learning of numerous years
of supplier quality deployment with regard to Ford. As a supplier, achieving the
Q1 status would be a milestone in the pursuit of quality. Q1 serves the basic function
of ensuring that the manufacturing facility performs on time, as well as delivers
high quality products for ultimate customer approval.
The Q1 metrics not only detect quality defects at early stages, but they also promote
continuous improvement. Every supplier site is individually assessed, and improvement
plans initiated accordingly. All Q1 suppliers without exception are expected to
achieve a certain quality level in their functions, and improve on it in the ensuing
years. They should identify, and ideally deploy the right tools/methods to realize
this target. In attaining the Q1 Second Edition certification, suppliers are entitled
to receive the required technical assistance, and additional help from Ford.
A Q1 manufacturing site is greatly benefited by the extended process of self-assessment,
along with periodic re-evaluations by Ford STA. Suppliers have to validate their
Q1 status every six months. The method also includes a manufacturing site self-assessment.
Further more, Ford STA re-evaluates on-site, a supplier's Q1 status qualifications.
The manager will provide a final recommendation based on demonstrated capabilities,
performance metrics, manufacturing site assessment, and the Q1 Second Edition points
gained during the preceding six-month period.
When suppliers obtain the Q1 certification mark, they naturally advertise to the
whole world that they are definitely on the route to quality improvement. The Q1
series of basic manufacturing guidelines is sure to prove beneficial to any facility
that aspires for superior Quality achievements.