A Focus on Quality – The Fully Integrated Initial Sample Inspection Report

The initial sample inspection or FAI (First Article Inspection) is a process with which suppliers provide evidence, that their products meet the quality requirements stipulated by the customer. Initial samples hereby generally undergo a full inspection in order to identify possible faults prior to the serial production process and to verify whether or not applicable agreements have been adhered to. Serial production may only commence after the customer has made a positive verdict regarding the initial sample. All necessary information is documented in the initial sample inspection report.

Initial sample inspection, PPAP/PPF with CAD-interface
Initial sample inspection, PPAP/PPF with CAD-interface

Methods and Documents

There are various standardized requirements and formats for initial sample reports. The automotive industry, for instance, created guidelines like QS 9000, ISO/TS 16949 or the VDA volumes which provide methods such as PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) and documents like PSW (Part Submission Warrant) or ISIR (Initial Sample Inspection Report) and the German PPF/EMPB (Erstmusterprüfbericht). The aim of these guidelines is to simplify and streamline all aspects and interactions that relate to the creation and communication of initial sample inspection reports.

Requests by the AIAG

The PSW includes 18 requests (VDA: 22 requests) which range from design records to the analyses of applied measurement processes. Within the actual sampling process, a specific number of products must be manufactured in sequence under realistic conditions in order to e.g. meet the requirements of the AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group).

Fully Integrated and Standards-Compliant

Due to the complexity of the tasks involved and the variety of different information sources that need to be combined, there are considerable risks involved in the manual creation of paper-based initial sampling reports - the time expenditure required for the manual creation of an ISIR is, of course, also immense. The usage of a software solution like EMP.Net provides a tremendous amount of advantages that facilitate a considerable improvement in both efficiency and precision. Our software systematically guides you through the creation of standard-compliant ISIRs (e.g. in accordance with ISO 9001, QS 9000, ISO/TS 16949 or VDA PPF) and provides you with all systemwide information right at the point where you require it.

Software Initial sample inspection
Integrated CAD viewer with automated seal/stamp for drawing characteristics

Direct Data Exchange

The direct exchange of systemwide information is one of the main drawcards of CAQ.Net®, as data from a variety of areas such as gauge management, risk analysis, or control plan can be brought together in a single document – virtually at the push of a button. It is, for instance, possible to exchange characteristics between the control plan and EMP.Net, thus allowing you to include vital dynamic data in your compliant ISIR. Of course, EMP.Net also allows you to easily include and stamp CAD-drawings in a variety of import formats such as DXF, DWG, or IGES.

Always Keep an Eye on Your Deadlines and Workflows

The due-date monitoring functions in EMP.Net allow you to always keep an eye on your requalification inspections and related deadlines. This means you can prepare yourself for upcoming product requalifications well in advance and include your suppliers in the process as well. You also won’t need to reassemble the necessary data, as EMP.Net lets you call up the most current version of the ISIR and easily modify its content in order to correspond to the requirements of the requalification. The bidirectional connection with the process management module Process.Net furthermore makes EMP.Net an essential tool for fulfilling the requirements of the production part approval process. EMP.Net acts as a dynamic element of your approval workflow which seamlessly integrates into your project management or APQP-workflows. This facilitates a sophisticated cross-modular information management, which is distinguished by extraordinary levels of data transparency and the consistent availability of up-to-date information.

Industry-Ready File Formats

Apart from the intelligent internal linkage of the modules, CAQ.Net® also provides direct linkage to a variety of external platforms such as SupplyOn or MyCAQ.Net as well as other portals that communicate e.g. via the QDX XML data exchange format. The QDX (Quality Data eXchange) format was developed by the VDA and allows different management systems to easily exchange quality-related information with one another. This standard has always been an integral part of CAQ.Net® and specifically EMP.Net. The high degree of integratability lastly also encompasses peripheral devices. Hence, the comprehensive integration of gauges via online interface boxes, the implementation of protocol-capable measuring devices, and the usage of complex multi-point measurement machines is, of course, possible in EMP.Net as it is in all CAQ.Net® modules.

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