30 April 2012

RFMD achieves ISO/TS 16949 certification for automotive quality management systems

RF Micro Devices Inc says that its manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Greensboro, NC, USA have been granted certification to ISO/TS 16949, which is the highest international quality standard for the automotive industry. Certification demonstrates RFMD’s commitment to product design and manufacturing processes for automotive applications, the firm says.

ISO/TS 16949 certification is supported by the automotive industry and incorporates ISO technical specifications that are more stringent than ISO 9001 quality management system requirements. The goal of the standard is to enhance existing quality management systems which, when combined with customer-specific requirements, support continual improvement through defect prevention and a reduction in variation and waste in the supply chain. The standard combines North American and European automotive requirements and serves the global automotive market.

“This milestone underscores our commitment to the most stringent standards for manufacturing processes and work procedures, positioning RFMD to significantly expand our presence in the automotive industry,” says president & CEO Bob Bruggeworth.

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO, the world’s largest developer of standards), ISO/TS 16949 certification aligns existing automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry, and aims to eliminate the need for multiple certifications to satisfy customer requirements and provide a common approach to a quality management system for automotive production. The IATF consists of an international group of vehicle manufacturers including Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and Volkswagen.

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