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k-Space Achieves Top Rating of “A” in Latest Quality Management Assessment


k-Space Associates has announced that it has earned an “A” result—the best possible result—on its recent VDA 6.3 P6 Process Analysis/Production assessment.

“Great job all around by the production, quality control, and operations teams,” said CEO Darryl Barlett. “The VDA quality standard is required by automotive manufacturers in Germany. And as a global manufacturer of thin-film metrology tools for the semiconductor industry, and of industrial metrology solutions for the automotive, glass, and solar panel industries, it’s a standard we strive to meet and surpass.”

The VDA 6.3 standard is used by the German automotive industry and is followed by companies that supply German car manufacturers such as Daimler, Volkswagen, and BMW, as well as by non-automotive companies. It is an auditable standard comprised of 7 parts (P1–P7). The P6 component of the VDA 6.3 standard refers to Process Analysis/Production. This phase checks that the necessary measures have been taken to ensure quality products are built and delivered on time and meet customer requirements. Factors that are assessed include:

1. Ability to meet manufacturing targets
2. Adequacy of manufacturing spaces, work instructions, and inventory control systems
3. Capability to meet customer requirements
4. Identification and approval of incoming materials
5. Maintenance of manufacturing equipment
6. Collection and analysis of quality and process management data
7. Employee training and responsibilities

According to Doug Knoll, k-Space Quality Manager, “the ‘A’ score is a significant accomplishment. It's great news for our customers and it demonstrates independent recognition of the process and production capabilities at k Space.”

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