CQI-27 Casting System Assessment

Significance and Application of CQI-27 Casting System Assessment

The new AIAG CQI-27 2nd Edition was released in March 2018.

The North American automotive association AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group) is the publisher of the CQI-Standards (“CQI” =Continuous Quality Improvement). Developed by AIAG's OEM and Supplier members, the goal of the Casting System Assessment is the development of a robust casting process that eliminates common root causes of casting defects and must be carried out at least once a year.


The CQI-27 Special Process: Casting System Assessment 2nd edition provides requirements for foundry suppliers of OEM automotive castings. It is a collective effort by OEM and Tier 1 customers to create common process requirements for foundries, requirements which our shared experiences tell us will benefit the foundry industry for their OEM automotive customers.  The objective is to have robust processes which minimize the risk of casting defects in automotive applications.

CQI-27 has been substantially revised based upon feedback from users of the 1st Edition.

Enhancements in the 2nd Edition include:

  • Tables with similar requirements have been consolidated.
  • Tables added to cover more casting processes.
  • More process content has been added.
  • Unclear wording from the 1st Edition has been revised.
  • Greater emphasis has been placed on content generally regarded as mandatory.
  • Greater emphasis placed on deviations must be authorized by customer Product Engineering.
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For an OEM, discussions with the foundries about expectations for full CQI-27 compliance will concentrate resources on specific subjects which are often the root cause for castings which fail to meet Product Engineering requirements. 

For a foundry, full compliance with CQI-27 is similar to reducing the RPNs on a PFMEA — the lower the RPN values, the less likely that customers will receive bad parts. Some of the requirements are defect prevention, and some are reduction of variation. All benefit quality metrics.

The CQI-27 2nd Edition Casting System Assessment was published in March 2018.

The new CQI-27 standard can be purchased directly from AIAG.

You have the option of setting the standard as

  • E-Document including assessment or as
  • Hard copy/print version downloadable assessment.

We are licensed trainingpartner of the AIAG in Europe.

CQI-27 Casting System Assessment Process Tables

Process Table A

  • Sand Castings (Iron/Steel)

Process Table B

  • Centrifugal Castings

Process Table C

  • Centrifugal Liners

Process Table D

  • Investment Castings (Iron/Steel)

Process Table E

  • Aluminium Semi-Permanent Mold Cylinder Heads




Process Table F

  • Aluminium Sand Castings

Process Table G

  • Aluminium Metal Mold

Process Table H

  • Aluminum High Pressure Die Cast

Process Table I

  • Magnesium High Pressure Die Cast

Process Table J

  • Zinc High Pressure Die Cast

Our Support


TopQM-Systems audits your company and your subcontractors according to the above AIAG standards. Our auditing concept is based on an audit checklist translated by TopQM-Systems from the original AIAG-CQI guideline and offers you practical "on-the-job training" for your employees during the audit. On request, you can also receive the audit report in the respective national language.


  • AIAG process audits, implementation and reporting
  • Recognized AIAG audits by experienced auditors
  • Audit documentation in the respective national language (worldwide)


TopQM-Systems trains internal CQI auditors. Our CQI training courses are based on AZWV seminar guidelines and the "Understanding AIAG CQI Self Assessment" training module is AIAG licensed. For many years, TopQM-System has been a recognized AIAG seminar provider on the global automotive market.


  • In-house training on self-assessment (incl. audit checklist) - AIAG licensed
  • Training as "Internal CQI-(xx) Auditor"
TopQM-Systems already carries out AIAG audits in the entire supply chain for the largest automotive suppliers. Use our special know-how and contact us for a non-binding, detailed offer.

AIAG CQI audits for "Special Processes" - can also performed as remote audits -

In addition to on-site audits, TopQM-Systems has also been conducting remote audits for your location and your suppliers for several years. Qualified and experienced TopQM-CQI auditors with many years of experience are available to you in Germany, the EU and also on site worldwide. Especially in these uncertain Corona times, we are a reliable partner on site, as well as via remote audits. Use our global expert audit team.


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