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.







Currently valid CQI-17 Soldering System Assessment, CQI-23 Molding System Assessment and CQI-27 Casting System Assessment

In the family of "Special Processes" these CQI standards are of course also part of our training offers, we offer licensed seminars including the respective German translations in Europe in German and in English.


» More information and registrations about our online and open seminars:

03-015 // Understanding AIAG CQI Self-assessment online (Modul 3.0) - AIAG licensed
03-055 // TopQM CQI-9/-11/-12/-15/-17/-23/-27 Auditor online
03-020 // TopQM CQI-9/-11/-12/-15/-17/-23/-27 Practical Application/Maintenance and Repairs



AIAG CQI audits for "Special Processes"  - also possible as remote audits

TopQM-Systems has been conducting on-site audits as well as "remote audits" for your location, but also for your suppliers, for several years now. Long-standing qualified and experienced TopQM CQI auditors are available to you on site in Germany and Europe, but also worldwide. Especially in these uncertain times, we are a reliable partner both on site and via remote audit, use our global expert audit team.

» More information about Remote Audits



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.