On layout inspection, if the customer doesn’t specify, what will be the minimum required for TS 16949? What is the frequency of this layout inspection for TS 16949?
Thank you for your question. ISO/TS 16949:2009 does not require an annual layout, but Clause 18.104.22.168 states that annual layouts will be performed in accordance with the Control Plan. If the Customer requires an annual layout, you will flow that requirement down into your Control Plan and conduct the layouts. If none of your customers require an annual layout, you are not required to do them (but you can if you choose to do so).
I hope you found this answer helpful.
Denis J. Devos, P.Eng
A Fellow of the American Society for Quality
Devos Associates Inc.
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