Omnex, Inc. Introduces ISO 9000:2000 Series and ISO/TS 16949:2009 to the Semiconductor
Omnex Inc. and the Semiconductor Assembly Council have a lot in common. At the core
of their philosophies and practices, is the quest for and maintenance of best business
practices. Both organizations also strive for continuous improvements and consider
themselves as leaders in industry.
In this spirit, they have been watching and participating in the formation of new
standards for quality.
Even as the 20th century was closing, Chad Kymal, the President of Omnex Inc., and
the board members of SAC began planning for the roll out of these new standards.
To the first membership meeting of the 21st century, Chad offered two days of training
to be held immediately prior to the May gathering in New Orleans. Entitled "Integrating
ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949, this class was not for the weak of heart. The attendees
were amazed at how much information was assembled and very appreciative of the dynamic
presentation. The following is a synopsis highlighting key concepts.
- ISO 9000:2000 cancels and replaces ISO 8402:1994, Clauses 4 and 5.
- It specifies
terminology for quality management systems (QMS), which form the subject of the
ISO 9000 family, and describes the related fundamentals.
- This standard is informative
and NOT subject to audit.
- ISO 9001:2008 cancels and replaces ISO 9001:1994,
ISO 9002:1994 and ISO 9003.
- It specifies requirements for a quality management
system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide
product that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
- It addresses
customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including
processes for continual improvement and the prevention of nonconformity.
of customer satisfaction by evaluation of information relating to customer perceptions
of whether or not requirements have been met is mandatory.
- ISO 9001:2008 may
be used by certification bodies and internal & external parties, to assess the organization's
ability to meet those requirements.
- It is emphasized that the QMS requirements
in this standard are complementary to technical requirements for product.
9004:2000 cancels and replaces ISO 9004-1:1994. It is one part of the consistent
pair of quality system standards, the other part being ISO 9001:2008. They are designed
to be used together.
- ISO 9004:2000 gives guidance to organizations for overall
- It is to assist an organization in establishing and
improving its quality management system.
- It is not a guideline for implementing
- It is not intended for certification or contractual use.
ISO/TS 16949:2009 is an ISO Technical Specification prepared by the International
Automotive Task Force (IATF). It harmonizes the supplier quality system requirements
of the US, German, Italian, and French automakers. The purpose of this standard
is to have a single document and registration scheme that the European and US automotive
industry would accept. When the ISO 9000:2000 family has been ratified, ISO/TS 16949:2009
will be revised to align with them. QS-9000 will not be revised.
Looking at this list and at one's company, industry and business partnerships that
link us from raw materials to finished product, we can see that a lot of work has
already been done by forward looking individuals and organizations. This work reflects
what has been learned in the past decade and tries to prepare us as responsible
companies in the global market place for the pace and challenges we all face.
As the Approved Trainer for the Semiconductor Assembly Council, Omnex INC. looks
forward to another year with this business partner. Training materials affecting
ISO, SAC and automotive customers are updated as standards are released. Schedules
and contact information are published on our web site and by various other means
for open enrollment and on site sessions. We are very sensitive about our international
impact and are strategically located around the globe to provide our services to
other global industries.