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What Is IATF 16949:2016? 


IATF 16949:2016 is a quality management system specifically designed for the automotive industry. Developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), this standard is based on the ISO 9001 standard but includes additional requirements specific to the automotive industry. The regulation applies to organizations that produce parts, assemblies, and components for the automotive sector. 

The Purpose of IATF 16949:2016

IATF 16949:2016 provides a framework for automotive organizations to follow to improve their quality management systems. It’s intended to help automotive manufacturers:

  • Continuously improve their products, processes, and systems
  • Reduce defects and errors in their products and processes
  • Enhance customer satisfaction and safety
  • Comply with applicable legal and regulatory requirements

IATF 16949 requirements benefit customers by ensuring automotive products and services meet all safety and reliability needs. It also reduces variability and waste in the supply chain, improving efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

IATF 16949 Certification Benefits

Here are some of the benefits of IATF 16949 certification:

  • Streamlined processes
  • Less waste 
  • Fewer mistakes that could result in recalls
  • Cost savings
  • Better consistency and communication
  • Greater employee engagement

Difference Between IATF 16949 & ISO 9001

IATF 16949 shares many similarities with ISO 9001, a general quality management system applied across multiple industries. Both standards have the same structure and goal of ensuring organizations adhere to established quality guidelines.

However, they have some key differences. IATF 16949 is specifically designed for the automotive industry and must meet the requirements of ISO 9001 as well as additional industry-specific requirements, which include:

  • Requirements related to the QMS of automotive manufacturers
  • Applicability to sites that produce parts for car assembly or service parts, not aftermarket parts
  • Calibration and records for all measurement systems
  • Accreditation bodies that include IATF, auditors, IAOB, and more
  • Handling customer-specific requirements

IATF 16949:2016 requires organizations to have a documented quality management system and to follow a process-based approach to quality management. This means that organizations must define and document their processes, ensuring they are consistently followed to meet this automotive quality standard.          

Triad Magnetics’ IATF 16949 Certification

As a company that manufactures commercial, industrial, and consumer electronics, Triad Magnetics’ Philippine factory has been IATF 16949:2016 certified since 2018.

As part of our compliance with the standard, we provide Production Part Approval Processes (PPAPs) for all new product submissions. In accordance with the Customer Specified and Control Plan parameters, we also disclose our statistical process controls on critical steps in the manufacturing process.

Going above and beyond our IATF 16949:2016 certification, we have implemented several additional quality control measures to ensure that our products meet the highest automotive standards. These measures include:

  • Robust design and development processes, including thorough testing and validation of all new products
  • Stringent inspection processes to ensure that all products meet the required specifications
  • A state-of-the-art quality management system, which is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure that it meets the changing needs of our customers and the industry

Triad Magnetics’ Commitment to Quality

Triad Magnetics is dedicated to providing high-quality electronic coils, chokes, and transformers to our customers. Our IATF 16949:2016 certification is a testament to our commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

To learn more about our Transportation Industry capabilities, take a look at Triad’s website or browse our catalog to find a solution for your application. Request a quote or contact us today to learn more about our products, services, and certifications.

Food and Beverage Applications for Class 2/3 Power Transformers

Transformers convert alternating current (AC) from one voltage to a higher or lower voltage. Class 2 transformers are safer, more highly-rated electrical components frequently used in the food and beverage industry. Class 2 is a compliance rating which signifies that the power transformer meets safety standards that reduce the risks of fire or shock.

Essential features of Class 2 transformers include their safeguards against failure and their temperature control capabilities. The insulation used in these transformers enables them to withstand temperatures as high as 121° C without damage. Class 2 transformers also reduce the risk of shock by limiting harm from excess power.

The characteristics of Class 2 transformers make them an ideal choice for commercial food processing equipment. While all Class 2 transformers meet basic compliance standards, Triad Magnetics’ Split Pack™ transformers provide even better performance due to the increased focus on safety and innovative design.

Triad Magnetics’ PC Mount Split Pack Class 2/3 Power Transformers

pc mount split pack power transformers

Triad Magnetics’ Split Pack™ transformers are used to support a wide variety of PC board applications. These products feature split bobbin, or side-by-side transformer components. This is different from standard PC board transformers, which typically stack the secondary component on top of the primary one.

Due to this design change, Split Pack transformers may be used in series, parallel, or separate circuit configurations. Also, split bobbin transformers don’t require electrostatic shielding to protect the device, and the components in a series or parallel circuit have more secondary dielectric strength.

With Triad Magnetics’ Split Pack™ transformers, PC boards can be designed with unique circuit configurations that generate more power and control for industrial or processing applications in the food and beverage industry.

Applications and Solutions from Triad Magnetics

Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 11.06.04 AMIt’s important to equip your food and beverage facility with the latest technology that will keep up with complex demands and give you greater capabilities than your competitors. Triad Magnetics supplies transformers and related components that enable facilities to perform at optimal levels with the highest quality. Our products are also designed to meet Class 2 and UL standards.

Some of our most popular components and their applications include:

  • Class 2 power transformers are often used to alter voltage levels to conveyor ovens and convection ovens.
  • Common-mode chokes block excessively high-frequency alternating current but allow lower alternating current and direct current through to devices. Deep fryers use these devices to control power input.
  • Control transformers are used in smaller appliances, such as coffee makers.
  • Current sense and PCB power transformers allow fast food egg cookers to sense electrical currents and change the alternating current’s voltage for safer operation.
  • Custom power toroids provide power to liquid/beverage dispensers in facility processes and customer-facing restaurants.

Triad Magnetics produces these and other electrical components to provide safer power control for applications across the food and beverage industry.

Transformers from Triad Magnetics


Transformers are vital electrical components in all industrial or commercial settings that have electrical equipment with varying voltage requirements. Food and beverage processing facilities, cold chain storage and distribution centers, restaurants, and other points across the food supply chain all need transformers that safely adjust voltage and protect against the risk of fire or shock.

Download our eBook, “Understanding UL Class 2 Power Transformers,” to learn more about Class 2 standards, the importance of transformers in various industries, and how to outfit your equipment and facilities with UL Class 2 power transformers. You can also request a quote today for Class 2 transformers for your food and beverage operation.

Download our Understanding UL Class 2 Power Transformers eBook