APQP Implementation Barriers Whitepaper

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Many industries are working to adopt the formal methodology of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) along with its rigorous Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). This adoption is primarily being driven from the top-down, whereby the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are including in their purchase orders a requirement to submit typical PPAP documents prior to shipment.

These documents, which act as proof of having performed APQP, encompass many manufacturing-related details. In general, these APQP-related initiatives have encountered a fair amount of resistance — both internal (sourcing/purchasing department) and external (suppliers).

It is a perceived lack of value that is the primary driver of the inherent resistance to the adoption of APQP. To find a solution, it’s useful to review the practical realities in industry that are behind this resistance.

The 5 Key Insights shared in the white paper provide more detail gleaned from a survey of over 50 manufacturing companies based in North America into how to improve APQP success.

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The 5 Key Insights into APQP Implementation Barriers

  1. Very Few Companies Put Forth the Effort to Formally Manage Risk
  2. The Approach for PPAP is not the Same for all Industries
  3. Much of the Knowledge about a Company’s Manufacturing Process is not Formalized
  4. Many Companies Create PPAP Reports Only AFTER the Fact
  5. APQP Eorts Often Do Not Get Incorporated into the Actual Manufacturing Plans

At DISCUS Software Company, we believe that instead of responding to these requirements in a way that limits the benefits, the better position is to pursue an approach that can harvest the benefits in the standard planning process.

Learn how DISCUS ENG directly addresses these barriers in a way that makes doing so add value to manufacturers.

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