What Can Quality Management Methodology and Experience Contribute to Make Global Supply Networks More Robust?

  • Werner BergholzEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Production Engineering book series (LNPE)


The microelectronics industry is characterized by a worldwide supply network and a complex production process with up to 1000 consecutive production steps which interact and take 1–3 months to complete the product. Under such circumstances, robust manufacturing and a stable supply chain can only be maintained if stringent QM System is implemented. Essential QM tools to ensure stable processes are SPC and FMEA. Although QM systems which satisfy the standard ISO TS 16949 or ISO 9001 are, in the first place, examples of clockwork—type organizational structures with centralized control, there is a built-in local control aspect which is needed if the QM system is to function efficiently.


Microelectronics Quality management system Statistical process control FMEA ISO TS16949 ISO 9001 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jacobs University BremenBremenGermany

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