Cockpit Transportation is one of the most complicated
assemblies for 3rd party quality inspectors to work
on…." Mike Lee, Snr. VP. Supply Quality Management, Autospecschina.com
According to Visteon, “ cockpit instrumentation
incorporates physical and functional interfaces of plastics,
vehicle structure, steering and climate controls”.
To us at AutospecsChina, it involves an increasing array
of electronics, computer parts, complex wiring harnesses,
electrical routing, electronic modules, plastic casings
and parts, connectors, switches – all amounting to
a minimum of 100 components and subsystems – which
must work well in order to get such things as airbags,
sunroofs, air-conditioning, electronic stability balancing.
And drive information synchronize and function in the way
the customer wants. New technologies, such as navigation
control, new electronic designs, new miniaturized parts,
or new materials, create challenges to the suppliers. Well,
they create challenges also to AutospecsChina. So the
quality inspectors we use must be selected well and be
qualified or trained to work on specific products. AMREP
has been a specialist 3rd party inspection company working
on high tech electronics and electro-mechanical parts used
for aerospace, military, computer and advanced electronics.
Car Cockpit instrumentation
is one of the most complicated
assemblies for 3rd party quality inspectors to
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being part of the AMREP operation can draw on a pool
of specialists. Even so, "these experienced specialists
have to be retooled, retuned, or re-trained quickly on
the highly complex technological usage, design and quality
requirements and standards of the Tier 1 suppliers and
automotive assemblers" – says Mike Lee. This
is because of the high safety, performance and warranty
demands of the customer.
"You can get away with a consumer products because
a PDA or state of the art hi-fi equipment will only costs
you about $1000. No one gets hurt if it fails and the seller
makes it difficult to get back your money or replacements
with non-performing warranties. With a car, you spend thousands.
Poor quality hurts you, hurts your brand and the auto maker.
As such AutospecsChina must have a good 3rd party setup
team, good core team and add-on staff which are well trained.
Otherwise, those things you inspect are going to be returned
again and again and it is going to cost AutospecsChina
money, pain, production downtime” …says Mike
To know more about the challenges facing AutospecsChina
in 3rd party inspection