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APQPAdvanced Product Quality Planning accompanies the development of a product and is intended to ensure that all of the customer's requirements are met. The objective is to provide a quality product at the right time.

In order for the development activities to be carried out, it is necessary to define the targets for the project and the communication channels between the parties involved (customer, supplier, subcontractors). To ensure constant coordination and continuous monitoring of the project, milestones are agreed. These milestones require the completion of specific activities. At these milestones the degree of compliance, or rather the status of these objectives, is checked. In principle, the specified dates must be met.

If the status is assessed positively, subsequent activities are released. In the event of non­compliance, preventive and corrective measures must be implemented by the supplier at their responsibility. These must then be monitored and a further course of action agreed upon. This should ensure that all activities are completed on schedule and that any necessary modifications are recognized at an early stage and late changes avoided.


Fundamentals of Advanced Product Quality Planning Course Outline -- 7 Lessons

Fundamentals of APQP is a computer-based training course designed specifically to help practitioners understand the APQP methodology and apply it to the development of new products and their corresponding processes.

The Fundamentals of APQP training program consists of seven Lessons and a Challenge (assessment test) designed to test the learner's comprehension of the body of knowledge. The initial lesson is an overview of the APQP process. The five phases of APQP are covered in the next five lessons. The final and last lesson is on Control Plans.

Target Audience - Engineers and quality professionals using (or considering the use) of the APQP methodology.

Course Length - The estimated time to complete the course is 6 hours however the amount of time a learner spends on the course is learner controlled and is therefore variable.

Upon completing this course, learners should be prepared to:
  • Explain the purpose of the APQP process.
  • Describe the five phases of the APQP process.
  • List the steps necessary to prepare for an APQP effort.
  • Be aware of techniques used to identify the VOC (Voice of the Customer.)
  • Understand how Design-FMEAs can help reduce risks in the design phase and Process-FMEAs can help reduce process related risks.
  • Be familiar with a Design Verification Plan and Report.
  • Understand the sequential progress of Control Plans from Prototype to Pre-Launch to Production Phases.
  • Understand how Engineering Change Requests generate vital documentation.
  • Be familiar with a Team Feasibility Checklist (to conclude Phase 2.)
  • Select appropriate flowcharting and process mapping techniques to aid in design of the process.
  • Be familiar with a Characteristics Matrix to plot the relationship between product parameters and operational steps of the process.
  • Know the importance of Measurement System Analyses and a Preliminary Process Capability studies in evaluating the process and product output.
  • Be familiar with the Production Part Approval Process.
  • Be acquainted with a Quality Planning Sign-Off (that confirms completion of Phases 1 through 4.)
  • Know about tools and techniques that are used to continuously improve both the product its corresponding process.
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