What are Layered Process Audits?
During the past few years, suppliers in the automotive industry have been implementing Layered Process Audits. Driven in part by mandates from the major automotive manufacturers, this technique for asserting more proactive control over manufacturing processes is regaining popularity and spreading beyond the automotive arena. But what are Layered Process Audits (LPA), exactly? In short, they are a system of audits performed by multiple levels of supervision and management to monitor key process characteristics and verify process conformance on an ongoing basis. They provide an excellent tool for minimizing variation in processes and error-proofing systems and making significant progress toward single-digit ppm and even meeting the goal of zero defects to your customers.
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Essential Elements for Success:
• Management must own the process
• Identify and ask the right questions
• Participation spans all management layers
• Nonconformances lead to immediate containment
• Include a process for continuous improvement
• Schedule and perform audits regularly
• Reduces variation in production
• Improves & maintains discipline
• Reduces scrap and eliminates waste
• Improves discipline & communication
• Increase Employee participation
• Improves overall quality & cuts costs
• Stops production problems from becoming rejections
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Lean Enterprise Software Solutions has developed a free checklist for implementing effective LPA systems. The implementation guide provides a list of questions each facility should answer in the process of developing a Layered Audit system. Use this list of questions, explanations, options and best practices to create a roadmap for a successful Layered Process Audit rollout. If you are just beginning to plan your LPA system, or if you are looking for ways to improve an existing system, this easy-to-follow free Guide to Implementing Layered Process Auditing
is a great place to start.
Prevent or correct the most common mistakes made in developing and implementing Layered Process Audits. In addition to our implementation guide, we have also compiled a list of the most common mistakes made in Layered Process Auditing. Learn to avoid the pitfalls and eliminate existing problems that lead to an LPA system that creates a large administrative burden and provides little value to your organization. Download the Top 5 Layered Process Audit Implementation Mistakes
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Are you looking for assistance in developing an effective Layered Process Audit system? Would you like help evaluating the effectiveness of your current system? Do you want to gain the most benefit from your LPA system with the least cost and effort, but don't know how? We are compiling a list of resources to help you with your LPA needs. Learn More
AIAG has published a set of guidelines developed for GM, Daimler Chrysler and Ford. The guidelines can be purchased via the AIAG website