Supplier Quality Development

In today’s world, the success of any company lies not only in the management of customer relationships but also in developing supplier and supply chain channels. Engaging in an active supply chain development program can provide the following benefits: decreased purchasing costs, production costs, and total supply chain costs, increased profits and cash flow, and decreased inventory assets. 

Supplier Quality Development

UTCIS offers complete Supplier Quality Development for your business. 

Better supply chain management can help your bottom line. Beginning with the end in mind will impact your entire business and help you achieve your supply chain objectives. 

A clear vision and strategy will allow you to optimize your supply chain and we can help create that vision and strategy. We currently offer the following services in addition to many others.

  • PFMEA & Control Plan
  • 8D & Problem Solving

8D & Problem Solving

The 8D Process is a problem-solving method for product and process improvement. It is structured into 8 steps (the D’s) and emphasizes team. Although the 8D process is often required in and was initially applied in the automotive and aerospace industries, it’s useful and relevant in any industry.

  • Training on process for Problem Solving Tools
  • ANPQP 8D requirements
  • Review of three core tools used in root cause analysis [Fishbone (Ishikawa) Diagrams, Qualitative Fault Tree analysis, and 5 Why’s]
  • Initial approach to solving and attacking a problem
  • Review of 8D and expectations for submittal
  • Audit completed 8D concerns brought to class by students
  • Assess the results of your company’s past efforts in corrective action
  • Identify opportunities for improvement


PFMEA & Control Plan

PFMEA (Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis) is a structured approach that assigns quality risk levels to each step in a process (manufacturing or transactional). PFMEA is a powerful prevention tool, since it does not wait for defects to occur, but rather anticipates them and implements countermeasures ahead of time.

  • Provides organizational intellectual knowledge
  • Identifies potential process failure modes
  • Evaluates and classifies potential failure modes (risk assessment)
  • Explores cause(s) of the failure mode
  • Promotes proactive risk-management – “before it happens”
  • Eliminates and controls the ways a process can fail
  • Identifies countermeasures (i.e. action items needed to reduce risk)
  • Reduces the likelihood of failure (risk bases thinking approach)
  • Improves the likelihood of defect free parts
  • Leverages power of cross-functional/multi-disciplinary team
  • Uses “lessons learned” to prevent known quality concern reoccurrence