• Today's automotive engineering environment is filled with challenges. However, making an impact and being competitive means never standing still.

    • The important role Standards play in the automotive engineering industry

      The automotive engineering industry is complex. There is pressure for suppliers and manufacturers to use the latest technologies and materials while at the same time meeting strict cost and quality demands.

      This mix of trying to meet new technology demands on a lowering budget can cause a lack of control over the quality and conformance of materials supplied, increasing the need to understand and identify where issues can arise both internally and with external manufacturers.

      As the automotive industry evolves and expands, there are key challenges in today's environment that most organizations face.

      • Key challenges for automotive engineering 

         

        • The challenge of ensuring your complex and dispersed network of independent suppliers and component manufacturers is compliant 

        • The process of putting a new car on the market has become elaborate and largely standardized 

        • Increasing standards to maintain the controlled flow of materials into the assembly plants as and when required to stay economical 

        One of the ongoing challenges is the need to stay on top of risk and compliance requirements. In today's hi-tech automotive industry, Standards are more important than ever to ensure materials and products are meeting their specifications.

        Keeping up with an industry always on the move 


        As the nature of the industry is constantly changing, the need to stay up to date with the latest Standards and requirements is essential to overcome challenges.  

        A Standards Management solution that can provide real-time updates, notification of changes to Standards, plus easy access to Standards anywhere and anytime are just a few of the features your organization may need. 

        Standards facilitating problem solving in the automotive engineering 


        With the constant need to meet cost, environmental and compliance demands - Standards are the building blocks to any organization in this space. However, they can also help identify business and market growth opportunities.

        Regardless of the challenge your organization faces, Standards provide guidance on best practice for processes, systems and management. This information can present new opportunities and solutions through facilitating problem solving.

        Utilizing this information can help form your next move, from innovating how you test your products right down to the material it can be made from.

        Exploring your options based on the requirements of a Standard could be what you need to face the challenge head-on.

        Important Standards within automotive engineering


        1. AIAG IATF 16949:2016 sets out the quality management system requirements for automotive production, service and accessory parts. It is not a standalone quality management standard, but implemented as a supplement to, and in conjunction with ISO 9001:2015.

        1. The ISO 6621 set of Standards refers to the Internal Combustion Engines - Piston Rings which covers all areas from vocabulary, quality requirements to inspection measuring principles. 

        1. The ISO 6518 set of Standards refers to Road Vehicle - Ignition systems including vocabulary and electrical performance and function test methods. 


        The importance of Standards for the automotive engineering industry is undoubtable. They can help address key challenges and shape how you respond. Without these guidelines, producing a product safe for the end user would be impossible.

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