Automotive Sector

Is one of the sectors that is mostly affected by all technology evolution and innovation. Connectivity, software-based systems, autonomous technology, will increasingly allow the car to become a platform for drivers and passengers to use their time in transit to use all state-of-the-art forms of media and services.

This will require upgradable cars, challenging the automotive manufacturers to have modular products to deal with a highly competitive and global industry, requiring a Lean supply chain, just-in-time production planning processes, and a Six Sigma quality level.

The ISO TS 16949 standards is the globally recognized quality management standard for the automotive industry. It brings together standards from across Europe and the US and provides a framework for achieving best practice with regards to the design and manufacture of products for the automotive supply chain.

The continuous increasing challenges and complexity in the Automotive Sector can be supported by either Operational & Maintenance Excellence and Asset Management programs, that will provide improvement of the internal processes, Overall Equipment Effectiveness – OEE, with a high level of asset utilization with low risk and controlled costs.

In addition, digital processes will help transform current business processes to drive profitability, with a holistic view to ensure the implementation of needed changes throughout your organization. 

Asset Management in Automotive

The overall size of Automotive operation is huge and requires staff, plant machinery, spare parts, equipment, and facilities, all known as assets, therefore the management of automotive assets is essential for helping to monitor and track a business’ most important assets.

Deploying an effective asset management solution, based on asset management best practices will allow businesses to govern processes such as acquisition, maintenance, operation, renewal, and disposal of assets in an efficient manner. Eventually, a detailed approach to the management of automotive assets will enable asset managers to make informed decisions based on accurate data and help to improve the financial and operational performance of assets.

By evaluating the Asset Management Status against best practices your company will identify the priorities and ways to achieve the best balance for all initiatives to implement an adequate Asset Management including digital solutions and business processes that will impact business results driving to:

  • Reduction of the total costs of operating assets
  • Reduction of the capital costs of investing in the asset base an asset life cycle cost
  • Improvement the operating performance of the assets (reduce failure rates, increase availability, etc.)
  • Improvement of the regulatory performance of the organization
  • Reduction risk (HSE, Quality)
Automotive Industry

Operational & Maintenance Excellence in Automotive

Ensuring that production lines does not stop is the number one concern. To help achieve this it is important that equipment maintenance is optimized to ensure the most reliable equipment.

When evaluating the current status against Operational & Maintenance Excellence, your company will be able to:

  • Identify the baseline and priorities
  • Define the project scope
  • Expected investment and results
  • Define the strategy, plan, methodologies, tools and digital solutions that will be incorporated
  • Define the implementation plan
  • Define how it will be standardized

Using, as appropriate, standard processes and methodologies such as POKE-YOKE, SMED, KANBAN, PROBLEM SOLVING, the waste and mistake reduction will be inevitable, with direct impact on:

  • Performance improvement
  • Quality improvement
  • Increase asset availability
  • Maintenance cost control (labor, spare parts, service contract)
  • Increase OEE
  • Reduction of administrative work wasting time or paper usage

What is ISO TS 16949?

ISO/TS 16949 in conjunction with ISO 9001, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.

ISO/TS 16949 is applicable to sites of the organization where customer-specified parts, for production and/or service, are manufactured. Supporting functions, whether on-site or remote (such as design centers, corporate headquarters and distribution centers), form part of the site audit as they support the site but cannot obtain stand-alone certification to ISO/TS 16949.

ISO/TS 16949 can be applied throughout the automotive supply chain and its requirements are applicable to organizations regardless of their size and regardless of their type except where explicitly stated.