What is APQP Software?

APQP software, which stands for Advanced Product Quality Planning, is essential to many industries and was defined by the automotive industry as a way to institute an up-front approach for building-in quality.

The automotive industry released QS-9000 to govern the APQP software process and define the details of the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). Advanced Product Quality Planning calls for suppliers to use a formalized PPAP. Currently, many packages for APQP Software focus on document management.

APQP software is a communication method where a customer can send information about their product design to the supply chain. The supply chain can then include all types of considerations and techniques to ensure that, to the best extent that they have available to them, the supplier can ensure their product meets or exceeds the customer requirements.

The APQP process is made up of many tools. These tools are structured and delivered in such a way that over the course of the development of a new product, they can determine the risk in the product design and suggest real-time corrective actions for making the product better.

Why is APQP Software Necessary?

The primary objective of APQP software is to make sure that the product being produced meets certain standards of quality management. Equally important is ensuring that the process of production meets the requirements of the customer.

Through the application of this APQP software, a company can prove four actions:

  1. They have evaluated risk.
  2. They are able to manufacture/produce the required part, regardless of the level of customization.
  3. They know they can produce the part in the required quantities.
  4. They have examined and are able to meet all the requirements of the customer and achieve customer satisfaction.

Without a system like this in place, many times each department is content to work independently from each other through the manufacturing process. Once their section of the process is complete, they pass it down the line and don’t receive feedback until the end of the project. If corrective action to the product design or workflow is needed, they would not hear about it until time and resources have already been wasted.

However, when APQP software is implemented, from the very beginning of the manufacturing process flow, it promotes the feeling of teamwork, as well as heightened quality management in the overall product development process. The different departments are constantly working together from the start of the APQP process because this software solution is able to simulate and evaluate the new product. The departments can then take the simulated results and work to make the whole process design better. The process problems are now being targeted before they are even a reality.

Through APQP software, manufacturers can define the product requirements before production, and communicate effectively with the customer.

DISCUS APQP Software

DISCUS APQP software assures that all departments involved in the product development process work together as a team throughout the design and development process to the point that the product has been approved for production. Without DISCUS APQP software QMS, departments often work independently on their part of the overall process, not adhering to or improving the overall control plan.

DISCUS Software keeps all departments in the loop throughout the production part approval process so they can remain involved in solving problems and contributing to the overall quality improvement of the product as well as customer satisfaction. DISCUS APQP project software is more than just document control, is a systematic change to the project management and PPAP process. We have a proven track record of improving existing quality management systems.

As it bridges the gap between the supplier and customer, DISCUS APQP software provides for a continuous opportunity throughout the process to assure that quality is built into each and every product.

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