Quality Management Systems 101


The Semiconductor Industry has seen radical changes over the span of the last few years with the advent of more advanced cars requiring new innovations (e.g. autonomous cars).  Hence, there Is a need to build up the symbiotic relationships with the automotive industry, particularly in the areas of quality systems.

Is 99.99% quality sufficient?  Let us put things into context.


This curriculum is geared towards a non-technical audience and gives a high-level overview of the quality systems being utilized in the industry providing a run through of various components that make up the QMS. 


Under the Automotive Core Tools are the building blocks of an effective quality management system. They include

  • Advanced Product Quality Planning & Control Plan (APQP),
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP),
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA),
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC),
  • Measurement System Analysis (MSA).

The objective is to provide an overview of these Core Tools, particularly the latter 3 components, and introduce other quality tools that are utilized in the semiconductor industry like 8D, PSDM and PCDA.


The course covers the fundamentals of quality systems, and how each component supports the overall architecture of the QMS.  It gives a general overview of how to implement these systems in the company


  • WHY → A robust and adaptive quality system is required today
  • HOW To implement and develop a quality mindset
  • WHAT Are the QMS available, and which components are needed


Overview of Quality

  • An overview of the Core Tools used in the automotive industry.
  • What is a QMS? What does it bring to the table?


Components of a QMS

1. Statistical Process Control (SPC)

  • Interpretation of the control chart data.
  • How to react to OOC (out of control) or OOS (out of specifications)
  • Why establish limits on the charts? Should limits be changed?


2. Measurement System Analysis (MSA)

  • An understanding of R&R (repeatability / reproducibility)
  • How to define Accuracy and Traceability of measurements


3. Failure Mode and Effective Analysis (FMEA)

  • Why are FMEAs performed?
  • What impact does FMEA have on quality?
  • How the SOD computation is applied (severity, occurrence, detection) in the FMEA and corrective action plans.


4.Application of 8 Disciples (8D)

  • Ways to approach solving problems.
  • Steps involved in performing an 8D
  • What value does the 8D approach provide?




John has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.  His experience covers IC and MEMS manufacturing, covering a broad spectrum from photolithography to eutectic bonding, and metrology. He is ACTA certified, presently a free-lance technical trainer, focusing on semiconductor manufacturing, FMEA, SPC and Industry 4.0.

His other interests are in teaching and doing 3D printing and flying drones.


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