By doing an AIAG Special Process System Assessment, the organization will be able to identify areas within their processes that need improvement based on industry best practices. Benefits for an organization to align their processes to the applicable Special Process System 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 both the CQI-11 and CQI 12 were released in August 2007 and like CQI-9 Heat Treat, quickly became the global “standard” for assessing an organizations plating or coating processes. The 2nd editions of both documents were published in 2012 and provided additional clarification for global users, more user-friendly format based on customer feedback, and new process tables were added to both documents.
The Plating and Coating work groups are now working together as one team to develop 3rd editions of each Plating and Coating Assessments. The team will harmonize common practices between the Plating, Coating and Heat Treat assessments on the pyrometry requirements, including instrumentation, thermocouple checks, and temperature uniformity surveys, where appropriate. The Management Responsibility and Quality Planning section, and Floor and Material Handling Responsibility section of the Plating and Coating assessments will also be harmonized.