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What is IATF Automotive Quality Certification and Why is it Important?

Posted by bead electronics on Oct 29, 2020 11:32:44 AM



IATF Certification is an important factor when considering automotive parts manufacturers. IATF Certification 16949 is the standard for Automotive Quality Management Solutions (QMS). To meet this criteria, a company must pass many stringent requirements and several audits. Benefits include continually improved processes and consequent reduced costs, global recognition as a reputable supplier, greater customer satisfaction, defect prevention and more (

Bead Electronics has recently obtained IATF 16949:2016 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications at its Milford facility. It is utilized to ensure quality control such as prevention of defects, variation, and waste. In addition, IATF supports continual improvement.


"Attaining this certification was a major goal for us. Now we can do more for our current automotive customers and compete more broadly in this highly competitive global marketplace," explains Lou Guerci, President of Bead. Bead is the world leader in swaging technology and has been supporting automotive customers for many years, but typically as a Tier 3 supplier. This certification will allow Bead to support a wider range of customers including OEMS or Tier 1 automotive manufacturers. 


Bead Electronics uses a unique, automated, scrap-less process called swaging to produce custom, electronic contact pins for automotive sensors, PCBs, connectors, medical device applications as well as many other industrial applications. 


“The process-based approach of our IATF certification has strengthened our operating systems from product concept to full production. Customer-focused decision making, continual improvement and employee empowerment have been key components of strengthening those systems,” David Brenton, Director of Engineering shared. To learn more about custom interconnect pins for your automotive needs, click here.


About Bead Electronics 

Bead Industries, Inc. dba Bead Electronics, is a global manufacturer of electronic contact pins and supplier of Bead Chain® and has been manufacturing in Connecticut for over 100 years. The award-winning company carries over 500 patents and is best known for inventing its manufacturing process called swaging. This process is a high-speed, virtually scrap-less, cold-forming process capable of producing a wide size range of metal electronic components that are dimensionally consistent and cost-effective. The family-owned business is led by its fifth generation. Click here to speak to a contact pin specialist today.



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