Code Groups in Quality Management

Code Groups in Quality Management

A catalog allows an exact definition of inspection results for Quality, observations, tasks or decisions, since perceptions, not rated by numbers, is usually rated differently by different persons. In catalogs these information is standardized by unique keys and their description. For standardization within a client or plant you need codes for rating and evaluation. A catalog contains unique, non-numerical data on plant or client level.

Catalogs used at Continental Teves are valid worldwide. The maintenance of these catalogs is done by the departments central quality and after-sales service.

In catalogs code groups and selected sets are on the same level. The difference between them is that code groups are maintained on client level and selected sets are defined on plant level.

  • Code groups contain codes. Codes, that are assigned to a code group are also known as group codes.
  • Selected sets combine any codes, even from different code groups.
  • In catalogs, the lowest level of information are codes, which are included in code groups and selected sets.

Code groups and selected sets of a catalog are used to create and collect codes, like e.g. the coded descriptions of usage decisions, causes or defect types.

Logistics -> Quality management -> Quality planning -> Basic data-> Catalog -> Code group -> Index (QS49)

An overview of all catalog types or of a single one can be displayed as follows:

Choose which of the catalog types and code groups you would like to see. The chosen catalog types will be displayed. Press (Index) for display.

Let’s work on working with the code groups and look at selected sets in the next post.

Creating Code Groups

Logistics -> Quality management -> Quality planning -> Basic data -> Catalog -> Code group -> Edit (QS41)

The initial screen for creating/changing/displaying a catalog is shown.

the group follows these steps:

  • Choose a catalog number (data field catalog).
  • Enter a key for the code group. To display existing code groups, search using the asterisk (*).
  • Choose. The code group overview will be shown.

  • Press
    The code group table is ready for input.Enter the following values:
    – a key for the code group
    Pay attention to the name convention for code groups at Continental Teves:
    1.-2. digit: QM
    3. digit:
    4.-6. digit: 000
    7.-8. digit: number (unrestricted, usually using steps of five or ten)
    – a short description for the codegroup
    – a status for the code group (for use the code group has to be released)
    – a long text for the code group (optional)
  • Save your entries.

Changing code groups

Follow the steps as explained in chapter “Creating code groups” including steps 3 and 4. Choose the code group you want to change. Then you are able to change short description, status and long text. The key of the code group cannot be changed. If you want to change this key, you will have to delete the code group and create a new one.

  1. Creating and changing codes

    Logistics -> Quality management -> Quality planning -> Basic data -> Catalog -> Code group -> Edit (QS41)

    The initial screen for maintaining catalogs will be shown again. Follow these steps:

  1. Enter a catalog number and the code group key (or *) and press .

Mark a code group and choose.

  • To create a new code press
    New codes may be entered in the table. Fill out key and short description of the code. Optionally you may enter a long text.


Translating code groups and codes

To enter text for code groups and codes in different languages choose the path Utilities -> Choose language when changing code groups or codes.

A pop-up window will appear, where you can choose the desired language.

Use the menu path Edit -> Translation to maintain texts in the chosen language.

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