Quality is in the “APQP” Details

By: Karen Bieniek on August 9th, 2013


quality_control_imgThere is a lot of pressure in global manufacturing. Pressure to move forward new products.   Pressure to produce the highest quality products.   Pressure to ensure compliance standards are met.
From the “quality” perspective, pressure comes from not knowing what’s going to occur in the next few minutes that could cause a setback in producing quality products. Any delay can have repercussions across the whole program. When it comes to satisfying the customer’s requirements, it’s critical to stay on top of the details with regard to activities, timing and workload.
That’s where APQP (Advance Product Quality Planning) comes in – suppliers following a framework of procedures to meet OEM requirements.  It focuses on “up front” quality planning and provides structure for evaluating and supporting the continual improvement for both suppliers and OEM’s; an outline so to speak for a standard means to share results.  From FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis), SPC (statistical process control), MSA (measurement systems analysis) to PPAP (production part approval process) manuals, there’s a lot of documents involved.
As you’re working through five phases of APQP — Plan & Design the Program, Product Design & Development, Process Design & Development, Product & Process Validation, and Product/Launch –trying to track the details & documents with emails & spreadsheets is often a difficult, time consuming and error prone process.
Keeping sight of the details — allows for time to address issues or potential problems before they impact the program while it’s still relatively easy, and definitely less expensive to fix.  Check out our secure TRUcentrix™ application.  It provides real-time visibility and traceability in a single, integrated and automated system.  Consider the time saving benefits of being able to easily track documents, provide status updates for all APQP tasks and upload deliverables for EOM/Supplier approval.  An automated system that allows suppliers to update their own information while seeing only their specific APQP assignments certainly outshines the manual email/spreadsheet mode.  We can help you track APQP activities, find original documents, and follow the trail for every change thereafter — faster and easier.  Find out how, contact us at sales@trubiquity.com.

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