CQI-17 Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment

The new 2nd Edition was published by AIAG    September, 2021

Significance and Application of CQI-17 EAM SSA

The CQI-17 EAM SSA (Electronic Assembly Manufacturing-Soldering System Assessment) was revised by the AIAG CQI-17 Working Group and officially published on September 14th, 2021.

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 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.


You can look forward to these top services for the new CQI-17 2nd edition:

✘   Free Online Lecture of the new CQI-17 2nd Edition
     (Please follow up the dates in our newsletter or book your free attandance here)

✘   CQI-17 Auditoren Education

✘   Performance of CQI-17 Audits on-site or remote



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



View of changes

Cover Sheet

  • new layout
  • the number of evaluation points on the cover sheet has increased


  • more details of “other requirements”
  • section 2 & 3 was split in 2 excel-chapter

Process Tables

  • the process tables have been revised and the number has been reduced.
        Process tables were merged, canceled and new ones added
  • new Parameter Guideline to each Process Table added

Main Questionaire

  • new question and requirement system

New Audit Result System

  • evaluation and classification procedure for the main audit questionnaire and for each process table



Process Tables

Process Table A:
- Solder Paste Printing + SPI Inspection
- Table A-1 Process Parameters      

Process Table B:
- Surface Mount Component Placement - SMT
- Table B-1 Process Parameters    

Process Table C:
- Reflow Oven + AOI/AXI Inspection
- Table C-1 Process Parameters    

Process Table D:
- Adhesive Dispensing - Component Fixation and Mechanical Support    

Process Table E:
- Wave/Selective Soldering + AXI/Manual Visual Inspection
- Table E-1 Process Parameters         

Process Table F:
- Robotic Soldering
- Table F-1 Manual Soldering         

Process Table G:
- Laser/Soft Beam Soldering
- Table G-1 Process Parameters  

Process Table H:
- Induction Soldering 

Process Table I:
- Press Fit Insertion
- Table I-1 Process Parameters       

Process Table J:
- Cleaning/Contamination Control
- Table J-1 Process Parameters      

Process Table K:
- Conformal Coating
- Table K-1 Process Parameters

Process Table L:
- PCA Separation
- Table L-1 Process Parameters

Process Table M:
- In-Circuit Test

Process Table N:
- Functional Test

Process Table O:
- Rework, Repair, Touch-up



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
  • 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, SO 14001, ISO 5001 and 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
  • Continental
  • Opel
  • SKF
  • Schaeffler
  • Ejot
  • Kern Liebers
  • GKN
  • IMS Gear
  • Autoliv
  • Lear
  • BorgWarner
  • ZF

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