Special Bolts Quality

The PPAP Process

The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) provides customers with evidence that:

  • Component suppliers have understood their requirements.
  • The product meets the customers requirements.
  • The production process is capable of consistently producing conforming product.

The PAAP process is designed to demonstrate that the component supplier has developed their design and production process to meet the client's requirements, minimising the risk of failure by effective use of APQP.

The purpose of PPAP is to Determine if all customer engineering design record & specification requirements are properly understood by the organisation and that the manufacturing processes has potential to produce the product consistently meeting these requirements during an actual production run at the eliminate the quoted production rate.

PPAP is an important part of the product development process, allowing producers to evaluate the components and sub-systems which they receive from suppliers, and establishing confidence in the supplier's management systems. Although individual manufacturers have their own particular requirements, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has developed a common PPAP standard as part of the Advanced Product Quality Planning Process (APQP) - and encouraging the use of common terminology and standard forms to document project status.


The International Material Data System (IMDS)

The IMDS is a collective, computer-based material data system used primarily by automotive OEMs to manage environmentally relevant aspects of the different parts used in vehicles. Through this system, the automotive industry is able to reconstruct the complete material flow.

The adoption of the IMDS relies above all on a legislative background such as:

Laws & Regulations on hazardous substances - OEMs must eliminate these substances from the supply chain.
End-Of-Life Vehicles Directive (ELV) - It forces car manufacturers to improve their recycling rates.
Therefore all suppliers must deliver accurate material information.

The IMDS was originally developed in response to the European ELV directive and is the result of a collaborative effort involving 7 OEMs, namely Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Porsche, VW and Volvo. Since its establishment, OEMs throughout the world have joined the sponsor's group supporting the system.

Visit the IMDS website

The company quality policy of SB Cov Ltd

The policy of SB Cov Ltd is to provide products and service that give total customer satisfaction whilst meeting any relevant legal / regulatory requirements.

We recognise that the continued future success of the company depends not only on the price and quality of our products, but also on the quality of the service and support provided. The quality of products and service we provide must therefore be of the highest possible standard, if we are to meet the ever increasing demands of our customers.

Vision - Our main objective must then be to provide goods and service that completely meet or surpass customer’s requirements/expectations.

Mission - In order to achieve this objective, we shall strive to establish and maintain a Quality Management System (QMS), which meets the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2015 and any other applicable requirement. This shall be achieved by continually reviewing the framework provided by this policy and the associated Quality Management System.

Strategy - In order to continually improve our business, Quality Objectives shall be established in accordance with the business plan, measured and reviewed for effectiveness at the annual Management Review Meeting.

Conformance to the procedures of the QMS is mandatory upon all employees in order to ensure achievement of our quality objectives.

The Company shall also ensure that this Quality Policy is appropriate, understood, implemented and maintained at all levels within our organisation, and that the work environment is conducive to the company’s activities.

In addition, we recognise the need to continually develop and train our employees by providing support, awareness and recognition to facilitate high quality achievement throughout.

At all times we shall strive for continual improvement of our product and the service provided by our business.

Only in this way will we achieve our company quality policy of complete customer satisfaction.

The company shall measure and analyse risk covering both suppliers and customers.