Fundamentals of APQP

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LESSON 0

Overview of APQP

  • Overview of the five phases of the APQP Process.

LESSON 1

Phase 1:  Plan and Define the Program

  • Information and data are compiled to build a business case.
  • The output of this phase defines specifically what product will be studied.

LESSON 2

Phase 2:  Product Design and Development

  • The design of the product is fleshed out.
  • After the design is verified, a prototype is built, specifications developed and inputs for the process design are generated.

LESSON 3

Phase 3:  Process Design and Development

  • The manufacturing process for the product is designed.
  • Major outcomes include development of the process flow and layout.
  • Additionally, a Characteristics Matrix, PFMEA, Pre-Launch Control Plan and Process Instructions are developed.

LESSON 4

Phase 4:  Product and Process Validation

  • The process and the product design are validated.
  • The output product from the production run is used to evaluate the measurement system and check the process capability.
  • A PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) Package is assembled and submitted to the customer for review and approval.

LESSON 5

Phase 5:  Feedback Assessment & Corrective Action

  • Start the cycle of continuous improvement.
  • Control charts can be used to identify special causes of variation, capability studies and the use of design of experiments can help reduce common cause variation.
  • Work to ensure the product fully meets customerís needs.

LESSON 6

(Unofficial) Phase 6:  Control Plans

  • Identify control factors, control points and control methods for the product and its corresponding manufacturing process.
  • Develop a comprehensive Control Plan.

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