Many industries are beginning 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. This includes process flow diagrams, process failure mode & effects analyses, and process control plans.
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