Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) was first developed in the early 1980’s to provide automotive manufacturer’s which framework from which automotive products could be manufactured and an efficient basis to evaluate suppliers.
Key Components include Control Plan, Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA), Measurement Systems Analysis, (MSA) and Statistical Process Control (SPC) which shall be monitored and reported on a level 3 PPAP to the appropriate automotive end user.
The APQP process and level of production documentation included in the level 3 PPAP allow manufacturers to quickly evaluated a vendors capability to manufacture a product, plan for failure modes and address any issues that might occur in the lifespan of the product.
A Significant number of other industries have incorporated APQP processes and the Level 3 PPAP into their preferred supplier guidelines.
Factors such as measurement capability, Gage R&R, manufacturing checkpoint characteristics and procedures to address non-conformance are presented to the automotive end user for review and approval prior to production.
This collaboration gives the supplier and end user an opportunity to address concerns with the production process, plan requirements for future production needs and demonstrate the ability to address any non-conformance in a timely and efficient manner.
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McMasters Koss has utilized the APQP system in the provision of thousands of parts and provided over 1,000 level 3 PPAP’s to automotive customers worldwide.
McMasters Koss has utilized the ISO 9000 Quality System since 2000 with the ISO 9001:2015 revision implemented in 2016.
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