Welcome to HQA: Huntington Quality Associates

HQA training and consulting includes Continuous Process Improvement, FMEA, Mistake Proofing, Problem Solving, ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, Lead Auditor, Internal Auditor, Documentation, Implementation, APQP, Control Plan, PPAP, SPC, GD&T, MSA, Effective Facilitation, TE Supplement, ISO 14001, and ISO 13485:2003. Training, auditing, consulting, resource materials and software are available in English or Spanish. HQA provides coaching, training and implementation. We apply a systems approach to process development using Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques. HQA specializes in adding value while, whenever possible, simplifying complex processes and making the process itself and process metrics easier to manage and maintain.

HQA customizes your implementation programs to fit your company’s state of readiness. Many companies fail in their implementation of various initiatives such as ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 because they are not ready to take the plunge and do not have the disciplines in place to achieve the full benefits of implementation. HQA provides services to determine readiness and match programs to fit your unique business. Programs may include ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. We show you how to achieve your goals reasonably, without disruptive start up failures. Additionally, we offer ongoing support to keep programs in place, maintained, and running smoothly.

A Record of Success

Huntington Quality Associates, Inc. was founded in 1991. Training, auditing and quality management coaching services form the core of HQA's operation. HQA helped United Technologies Automotive (now a part of Lear Corp.) obtain Automotive Quality System Registration for 90 plants worldwide. HQA has also performed preferred supplier training for major equipment manufacturers and works with any size company in any industry to bring their quality system in compliance with the current international/national standards, such as, ISO 9001:2008, ISO/TS 16949:2009, ISO 14001, and many others. Transportation, Medical, Automotive, Chemical, Machining, and Equipment Building are a few examples of the industries included among HQA success stories.

Kent Keeney is founder and president of HQA and facilitates many of the training programs. Kent has written four books published by American Society for Quality (ASQ) Quality Press including "Best Seller," The ISO 9001:2000 Auditor's Companion. Kent is a member of TC 176, the US Technical Committee that reviews all proposed changes to the ISO 9000 related standards. He advocates a simple value add approach to training and implementation and Kent ensures that the entire group of HQA trainers and facilitators share a similar vision.

HQA training focuses on practical activities such as case studies and examples to achieve learning objectives. HQA instructors make an effort, especially when providing on-site training, to adapt and even customize the training to specific customer goals and objectives.