The Automotive Core Tools are five complementary techniques or methods that support the requirements of IATF 16949.
In order to meet the growing quality demands in the automotive industry, a methodical approach to product development is necessary. AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) has established the so-called Automotive Core Tools to ensure professional planning before the start of series production and problem-free delivery to customers in the automotive industry. Their application is essential in the product development process in the automotive industry.
The Automotive Core Tools include Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Statistical Process Control (SPC) and (additionally) the 8D method. The Automotive Core Tools are therefore proven and required methods for quality planning and control. The use of these quality methods supports employees in securing and improving processes and procedures and forms the basis for an effective quality management system in accordance with the requirements of the automotive industry.
The Automotive Core Tools are regarded as the most important quality management methods used in the automotive industry and aim to ensure high process and product quality along the entire supply chain by avoiding risks, regulating processes and solving problems.