Gregory F. Gruska

Gruska was a writing member of the MSA, SPC, FMEA, and EFMEA Manual subcommittees of the American Automotive industry’s Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force, part of the international task force governing IATF 16949. Greg is a member of the SAE Functional Safety Committee (J2980) and is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on risk management. He has significant and extensive hardware and software experience in automotive applications.

R. Dan Reid

R. Dan Reid, the Omnex Director of Standards and Principal Consultant is best known as an author of ISO Technical Specification (TS) 16949, ISO 9001:2000, QS-9000 and the first ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA. He represented General Motors on the Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force, who sanctioned the development of the Core Tools Manuals. He was also the first Delegation Leader of the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). He was a member of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Guideline and also worked on the Chrysler, Ford. GM Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Production Part Approval Process and APQP manuals.

Mike Down

Mike Down represented GM at both SAE and AIAG, providing extensive guidance and input to the development of Global Automotive Standards reference documents on Quality and Core tools, including APQP/CP, PPAP, SPC, MSA, and DRBFM. He is currently actively working on the SAE J1739 committee updating the FMEA standard.

1. What is the history of the Core Tools? What is their origin? [ R. Dan Reid ]
2. What were some of the early areas of agreements or conflicts in the different standards? [ R. Dan Reid ]
3. Do the European and Japanese car companies accept the Core Tools? [ R. Dan Reid ]
4. There were many approaches from each of the US OEMs for CPk and PPk studies (e. g. short term vs long term, etc.). Can you describe the differences and how it was agreed upon? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
5. Can you describe the difference between CPk and PPk. If CPk and PPk indices are the same, what does it indicate? When they are different what do they indicate? [ Gregory F. Gruska]
6. What is the rationale for not including more measurement uncertainty guidance from NIST GUM manual or the works of Don Wheeler? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
7. What would you recommend for APQP & PPAP competency for automotive suppliers? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
8. For measurement uncertainty, what tools would you recommend from MSA? Are there other tools? Is it complete? [ Mike Down ]
9. When asking this question, people often refer to the NIST manual on Uncertainty. Are there other approaches worth studying and including down the road? [ Mike Down ]
10. Is the use of measurement uncertainty required in labs for IATF 16949? [ Mike Down ]
11. Does ISO 17025 require “measurement uncertainty” for lab results? What tools do they need to use from the MSA manual?
[ Mike Down ]
12. What are the biggest pitfalls in using MSA? [ Mike Down ]
13. What are the biggest pitfalls in using SPC? [ Mike Down ]
14. How important is competency for MSA / SPC? [ Mike Down ]
15. What would you recommend for competency for automotive suppliers? [ Mike Down ]
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  • NPD Process Improvement Plan
  • NPD/Core Tools Process Development
  • Customized Core Tools Development
  • NPD Handbook Deployment
  • APQP/PPAP Project Management & FMEA Software Deployment
PPAP Development & Review:
  • Conduct PPAP Review of Suppliers
Supplier Improvement:
  • Workshops: Zero Defects (FMEA/Poka Yoke/Layer Process Audit)
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  • Understanding Core Tools - (APQP,PPAP, DFMEA, DVP&R, PFMEA, Control Plan, SPC and MSA)
    (This course is broken into modules, allowing specialists to only attend the training relevant to their responsibilities.)
    • Understanding Core Tools - APQP & PPAP
    • Understanding Core Tools - DFMEA & DVP&R
    • Understanding Core Tools - PFMEA & Control Plan
    • Understanding Core Tools - Statistical Process Control (SPC)
    • Understanding Core Tools - Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)
  • Machine FMEA
  • AIAG-VDA Process FMEA Overview
  • AIAG-VDA Product FMEA Overview
  • Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) Workshop
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC) and Associated Tools
  • Product Development using SFMEA, DFMEA and Associated Tools
  • APQP Manufacturing Process Development using PFMEA and PPAP
  • Understanding the Five Phases of APQP
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Overview
  • Problem Solving - Employing the 8D Methodology
  • Effective Problem Solving
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) Overview
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerence(GD&T) (ASME Y14.5-2009)
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerence(GD&T) Gage Design
  • Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (GD&T Application)
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
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