This week I’m in Las Vegas for the IDEA Membership Meeting , where IDEA members are gathering to discuss this past year’s accomplishments, challenges we face as an industry, and the direction in which industry standards are heading.
A real highlight of the meeting is the announcement that IDEA formally introduced IDEA-QMS-9090 – the association’s latest quality management system that will have a great effect on how independent distributors and OEMs interact in 2012 and beyond.
IDEA's executive director Debra Eggeman has described IDEA-QMS-9090, formally called Quality Management System Standard for Independent Distributors of Electronics Association Members, as establishing a set of intensive requirements so that customers of the open/excess market may easily identify those distributors with whom they prefer to conduct business based upon expectations in a standardized way.
IDEA-QMS-9090 addresses broad commercial QMS issues and practices, and helps ensure that distributors satisfy customers’ requirements not covered in other QMS standards. Eggeman said that the latest standard is not meant to replace – but to supplement – well-established and effective standards such as ISO 9001 and AS9100.
It’s encouraging to see a group such as IDEA adapting in an ever-changing industry – developing proactive solutions such as IDEA-QMS-9090 to help distributors stay on the cutting edge of the industry. Be sure that Smith will be reporting more details on QMS-9090 in the future.
Kirk Wehby is Smith's Vice President, Global Operations. He joined Smith in 2008 to head worldwide operations and quality.