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QAD and Quistem Help Automotive Customers with Operational Restart Readiness Checklist

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- June 2, 2020 -- QAD and Quistem have teamed up to develop specific guidelines to help automotive manufacturers prepare for the restart of their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines feature 13 key topics that automotive suppliers will need to address in order to align their operational restart with their customers in the automotive supply chain.

"With our focus on automotive manufacturing customers, we teamed up with Cathy Fisher, president of Quistem, a global expert in automotive management systems, to put together specific guidelines to help automotive suppliers get their facilities up and running during the COVID-19 pandemic," said QAD Director, Automotive Terry Onica. "We recognize organizations are currently receiving a lot of guidance about protecting their employees from the COVID-19 virus. However, for quality product and delivery to their customers, additional detailed focus on 13 key aspects of their business will contribute to a successful restart."

The Operational Restart Readiness Checklist covers the following topics and provides detailed checkpoints related to each:

  1. Contingency plans
  2. Inventory
  3. Immediate customer delivery requirements
  4. Immediate delivery plan including transportation
  5. Supplier inventory and near-term delivery plan
  6. Availability of outsourced processes
  7. Temporary process changes due to virus risk reduction actions
  8. Product/process requalification plan
  9. Accuracy of work instructions
  10. Workforce availability and training
  11. Equipment, tooling and gauging restart risks and maintenance
  12. Facility infrastructure
  13. Communication plans to all stakeholders

OEMs and suppliers interested in learning more can access the checklist here.

In addition to offering the Operational Restart Readiness checklist, QAD and Quistem recorded a webinar in conjunction with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) outlining a three-step plan for automotive suppliers to follow when preparing to restart their operations. This plan includes: 1) managing the COVID-19 virus at the facility; 2) restarting manufacturing operations; and 3) recovering operational stability. The webinar can be viewed here.

About Quistem

Quistem helps global automotive manufacturers transform their management systems into “Money-making Machines.” We simplify the complex through our integrated approach to management systems development and implementation, enabling our clients to consistently satisfy their customers while fulfilling stringent automotive industry requirements. Over the past 25 years, Quistem has helped automotive manufacturers, from OEMs to Tier 1 thru Tier n, achieve and maintain certification to international management systems standards including ISO 9001, IATF 16949, ISO 14001, ISO 45001. Quistem is at the forefront of standards development to support the transition of the automotive industry towards new mobility solutions.

About QAD – Enabling the Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise

QAD Inc. is a leading provider of adaptive, cloud-based enterprise software and services for global manufacturing companies. Global manufacturers face ever-increasing disruption caused by technology-driven innovation and changing consumer preferences. In order to survive and thrive, manufacturers must be able to innovate and change business models at unprecedented rates of speed. QAD calls these companies Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprises. QAD solutions help customers in the automotive, life sciences, packaging, consumer products, food and beverage, high tech and industrial manufacturing industries rapidly adapt to change and innovate for competitive advantage.

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, QAD has 29 offices globally. Over 2,000 manufacturing companies have deployed QAD solutions including enterprise resource planning (ERP), demand and supply chain planning (DSCP), global trade and transportation execution (GTTE) and quality management system (QMS) to become an Adaptive Manufacturing Enterprise. To learn more, visit www.qad.com or call +1 805-566-6000. Find us on TwitterLinkedInFacebookInstagram and Pinterest.

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