Have You Discovered the VDA 6.3 Yet?

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Technology has taken yet another giant leap as a tried and proven process auditing tool has emerged from its specialized niche and has become available to all industries that desire to improve their production standards.

What is the VDA 6.3?

VDA is the acronym that represents the Verband der deutschen Automobilindustrie, the German automobile industry’s trade association. In Germany, the VDA is well-respected for its success and contribution to the economy and is quite influential in the business sector. It assists automobile manufacturers as well as their suppliers by developing quality standards and methods of production.

The Quality Management Centre, a division within the VDA, has assisted in the development of the VDA 6.3, a process auditing system that provides standards and tools for evaluating the infrastructure of German automobile manufacturing. This step alone was a tremendous improvement to the automotive industry at large, but as an added benefit to the industrial world, the VDA 6.3 can be utilized by manufacturing companies of any sort as well as by their suppliers.  All corporations can now benefit from the protocols that the VDA 6.3 provides.  It outlines the audit process and establishes protocols for the evaluation of the desired outcomes.  Each standard that is examined receives a grade which indicates not only whether the expectations were or were not met, but also which areas still have room for improvement.

How Can Corporations Learn to Use the VDA?

The Quality Management Centre of the VDA offers training modules for company delegates who wish to become certified in the use of the VDA 6.3 process auditing tool.  The first phase of the training (Module A) is a basic overview of the process audit procedure which gives purpose, set-up and evaluation system used by the VDA 6.3. This module also helps corporations learn to adapt the contents of the VDA 6.3 to their particular processes.  It serves as an entry-level qualification for those who wish to continue with the process audit certification program.

After completing the second phase of the training (Module BII), company delegates are certified to conduct process audits of their own organizations.  However, if they wish to audit their suppliers as well, they will need to complete the third phase of training:  Module C. The entire training process is a six-day procedure.  While a company can perform its own internal audits after the first two phases of the training, completion of all three training modules is beneficial to a company which wishes to hold its suppliers to a uniform standard. This will help to ensure that incoming materials will not hinder compliance in the production phase.

An Overview of VDA 6.3 Process Auditing

You can get an overview of the way the VDA 6.3 process auditor can help your organization conduct internal audits to optimize meeting your company’s goals at the following links.  To sample the basic process auditing app, visit the Nimonik web site and view one of the auditing checklists.

Begin by selecting the correct grouping that best describes your company’s goals.  Examples of groupings include product development (design), production, or customer service (among others). Once the correct grouping is chosen, the app will reveal various standards for evaluation. If you wish to use the free, downloadable template, click on the “Start Audit” icon and follow the instructions given. Other free, downloadable templates are available as well.  A list of free VDA 6.3 process audit templates can be accessed at the Nimonik site.

If your company would like more information about using the VDA 6.3 process auditing app for conducting internal audits or for auditing both existing and potential suppliers, you are welcome to contact a customer service representative of the Nimonik company at 1-888-608-7511.  You can also make contact via the web at info@nimonik.com. Representatives will be happy to answer your questions about the VDA 6.3 and get you started on the path to using the latest technology to optimize your company’s production system.