The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is the publisher of the CQI-Standards (“CQI” =Continuous Quality Improvement). Developed by AIAG's OEM and Supplier members, the goal of the Casting System Assessment is the development of a robust casting process that eliminates common root causes of casting defects.
The CQI-27 Special Process: Casting System Assessment 2nd edition provides requirements for foundry suppliers of OEM automotive castings. It is a collective effort by OEM and Tier 1 customers to create common process requirements for foundries, requirements which our shared experiences tell us will benefit the foundry industry for their OEM automotive customers. The objective is to have robust processes which minimize the risk of casting defects in automotive applications.
CQI-27 has been substantially revised based upon feedback from users of the 1st Edition.
Enhancements in the 2nd Edition include:
For an OEM, discussions with the foundries about expectations for full CQI-27 compliance will concentrate resources on specific subjects which are often the root cause for castings which fail to meet Product Engineering requirements.
For a foundry, full compliance with CQI-27 is similar to reducing the RPNs on a PFMEA — the lower the RPN values, the less likely that customers will receive bad parts. Some of the requirements are defect prevention, and some are reduction of variation. All benefit quality metrics.
Aluminium Semi-Permanent Mold
Aluminium Semi-Permanent Mold Cylinder Heads
Aluminium Green Sand
Investment Casting (Iron/ Steel)
Aluminium High Pressure Die Cast
Magnesium High Pressure Die Cast
Aluminium Permanent Mold
Zinc High Pressure Die Cast
Compacted Graphite Iron
TopQM-Systems has already been conducting AIAG CQI process audits for well-known automotive manufacturers, in addition to CQI auditor training and In-house training in the entire supply chain.
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TopQM-Systems project- and reference examples for conducting of CQI audits and CQI auditor training (Excerpt):
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