Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is a structured approach to the design and development of new products and manufacturing processes, designed to ensure that-

  • We understand the requirements of our commercial clients, end users and consumers.
  • The proposed product or process design satisfies those requirements
  • We have the ability to consistently meet the clients requirements for quality, cost and delivery

Automotive Industry Action GroupThe APQP process was developed by a consortia of automotive companies, and first published by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) in 1994, and has since been adopted by many companies involved it the design and production of vehicles and component systems.

APQP is now recognised in the TS 16949 Quality Standard as a possible customer requirement, and when specified becomes mandatory for all component suppliers.

Key features of the APQP process include:-

  • The use of common terminology throughout the component supply chain, and the use of 'standard forms' to document information regarding the product and process design, to ease communication with the supply chain partners
  • A process model for Product Development, that defines the expected inputs and outputs for each of the sub-processes, including
    • Project definition
    • Project planning
    • Product design and development
    • Design validation
    • Process design and development
    • Process validation
    • Control Plan methodology
  • The use of recommended 'tools and techniques' to improve product and process quality, including:-
    • Failure Modes Effects Analysis (FMEA) during system, product and process design to identify and control 'risk'
    • Statistical techniques and Statistical Process Control (SPC) to control process variation and minimise it's impact on product quality
    • Measurement System Analysis (MSA) to ensure that measuring systems are suitable, allowing non conforming product to be detected and removed from the supply chain.
    • A control plan methodology, to ensure non-conforming product is contained within the process and is not released to clients or consumers
    • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) to assure commercial clients that we have understood their requirements and that we have the ability to consistently produce conforming product.AIAG - Supply Chain

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