CQI-17 Soldering System Assessment

Significance and Application of CQI-17 SSA Soldering System Assessment

The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is publisher of the CQI standards (Continuous Quality Improvement). CQI-17 is a self-assessment regarding the soldering processes and must be carried out at least once a year.
This standard is an appendix to ISO TS 16949(IATF 16949) under „customer-specific requirements“ and is valid for all automotive suppliers globally that have entered into a contractual agreement regarding purchasing, supply and quality throughout the supply chain.
As a long standing member of the AIAG, TopQM-Systems already specialized early on in the introduction, development and qualification of employees, as well as auditor training according to the rules of the AIAG for CQI-17 soldering processes in the European and global automotive supplier markets.


Structure, Content and Elements of the CQI-17 Questionnaire

  • Cover Sheet

Basic data of the welding organization
Audited areas according to the respective CQI-17 process table
Contact data (auditor, company, participants)
Results of the CQI audit

  • Audit Elements Paragraph 1-2

Paragraph 1 Management responsibility and quality planning
Paragraph 2 Responsibility for material flow and material handling

  • Audit Elements Pragraph 3

Facilities / Equipment / Accessories

  • Job Audit Paragraph 4

Header and basic data concerning the audited product
Questions concerning the process flow
Customer-specific requirements concerning the product
Responsibilities and authorities
Packaging specifications
Transport specifications

Process Tables of the CQI-17 Soldering System Assessment

  • Process Table A

Soldering paste printing

  • Process Table B

Soldering joint inspection

  • Process Table C

Placing surface mounted part

  • Process Table D

Solder fusion coating

  • Process Table E

Glue dispensing process

  • Process Table F

Flux application for wave soldering

  • Process Table G

Pre-heating for soft-soldering process

  • Process Table H

Wave soldering

  • Process Table I

Fountain soldering process

  • Process Table J

Dip soldering

  • Process Table K

Selective soldering

  • Process Table L

Automated iron soldering

  • Process Table M

Manual iron soldering

  • Process Table N

Laser and soft beam soldering

  • Process Table O

Induction soldering

  • Process Table P

Conformal Coat and Test

  • Process Table Q

PCB separation

  • Process Table R

PCB in-circuit testing (ICT)

  • Process Table S

Rework of soldering processes


TopQM-Systems Global CQI-17 Service

  • We conduct CQI process audits in your company and at your locations
  • We conduct CQI process audits at your external service providers
  • Training as „CQI-17 auditor“ according to the rules of  AIAG auditor qualification, incl. seminar documentation, examination and issuing of certificates
  • As an official training partner of AIAG, we offer licensed CQI-training modules (Understanding AIAG CQI Self-Assessment) and CQI basic knowledge.
  • CQI-FMEA Training (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis)
  • Integration of „CQI self-assessments“ in your QM system and your process audits
  • Certification support to ISO 9001 and ISO TS 16949 (IATF 16949)

TopQM-Systems already conducts AIAG CQI process audits for well-known automotive companies as well as in-house training througout the supply chain. Make use of our special know-how and contact us for your consultation interview or for an individual, detailed service offer at no charge and without obligation.

Examples of TopQM-Systems projects and references for CQI audits and CQI auditor training (extract):


  • Robert Bosch
  • BMW
  • Advaltech
  • Opel
  • SKF
  • Doduco
  • Ejot
  • Kern Liebers
  • GKN
  • IMS Gear
  • Autoliv
  • Lear
  • Styner und Bienz... and many more

We shall gladly provide you with a contact person and contact data for the above-mentioned project and reference examples upon request.