By doing a heat treat system assessment, a heat treat supplier will be able to identify areas within their heat treat processes that need improvement based on industry best practices. Benefits of aligning your processes to the CQI-9 Special Process Heat Treat Assessment may include a reduction of campaigns, spills, recalls and warranty claims related to heat treated components. The management system will emphasize continual improvement, defect prevention and the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.
The first edition of CQI-9 was released in March 2006 and quickly became the global “standard” for assessing an organizations heat treat processes. Over the years the Heat Treat work group has received questions asking for clarification and suggestions on how they could improve the assessment. The 2nd edition was published in 2007 and provided additional clarification considering global users, and a new process table was added for Annealing, Normalizing and Stress Relieving. The 3rd edition was published in October 2011 and included three new process tables, changes in frequency for SAT and Instrument Calibration, formatting and clarification among other items too numerous to list.
The work group is now developing the 4th edition of the Heat Treat Assessment. This new edition will focus on clarification to the process tables and pyrometry requirements, and a major change to the formatting of the assessment from Excel to a Word format to allow for greater flexibility in writing observations and notes, and will include hyperlinks to the Process Tables.
Heat Treat Systems Assessment (CQI-9) , 3rd edition
Understanding the Heat Treat, Soldering and Welding Special Process System Assessments
Program Manager: Karen Krutsch - AIAG - (248) 358-3570