The purpose of this paper is to focus on the use of quality management tools and techniques and their integration into the ISO 9001:2008 standard in a wind power (WP) sector supply chain (SC).
The research project was carried out in 119 WP sector SC companies (i.e. component suppliers, wind turbine assemblers and wind farm operation and maintenance services) using the questionnaire method. The companies selected employ quality management systems (QMSs) which conform to the ISO 9001:2008 standard.
The survey findings reveal that the degree to which quality tools and techniques are used in the WP companies can be characterised as “high”. The results show that internal audits, flowchart diagrams and cost of poor quality are the most-commonly applied tools and techniques, although they also indicate some areas for further improvement, for instance, when using advanced and complex quality techniques such as design of experiments, quality function deployment or business process management. In addition to this, the findings reveal that ISO 9001:2008 establishes a favourable environment for the use of quality tools and techniques.
The study was based on the perceptions of quality managers, quality engineers and company managers (subjective data) and did not examine the reasons for either not implementing and/or the difficulties encountered while implementing quality tools and techniques.
The specific findings indicate that employing quality tools and techniques is useful for managers, not only when implementing a QMS, but also when suggesting recommendations for improvement.
A change of developing a framework integrating the main QT&T procedures into the main ISO 9001 processes.
The authors are grateful for the financial support from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness ECO2013-46954-C3-3-R and from the Autonomous Government of Catalonia 2014 SGR 868.
Castello, J., De Castro, R. and Marimon, F. (2020), "Use of quality tools and techniques and their integration into ISO 9001: A wind power supply chain case", International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 68-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJQRM-07-2018-0171
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