APQP serves as a guide in the development process and also a standard way to share results between suppliers and automotive companies. APQP specifies three phases: Development, Industrialization and Product Launch. Through these phases 23 main topics will be monitored. These 23 topics will be all completed before the production is started. They cover such aspects as: design robustness, design testing and specification compliance, production process design, quality inspection standards, process capability, production capacity, product packaging, product testing and operator training plan, among other items.
APQP focuses on:
·Up-front quality planning
·Determining if customers are satisfied by evaluating the output and supporting continual improvement
APQP consists of five phases:
·Plan and Define Program
·Product Design and Development Verification
·Process Design and Development Verification
·Product and Process Validation and Production Feedback
·Launch, Assessment & Corrective Action
The APQP process has seven major elements:
·Understanding the needs of the customer
·Proactive feedback and corrective action
·Designing within the process capabilities
·Analyzing and mitigating failure modes
·Verification and validation
·Control special/critical characteristics.
DEC Industries, LLC is a manufacturers' rep firm with principals offering various metal manufacturing services. Helping OEM’s procure medium and high-volume components from quality suppliers.
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