Advanced Product Quality Planning Software

Most obstacles and barriers to a successful Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process can be traced back to a mismanagement of product development documents: spreadsheets, Word documents, charts, and more. Effective project management requires a disciplined process that not only ensures accurate documentation but helps team members meet deadlines and milestones.

APQP Problems

When APQP elements are not managed well to ensure that process changes are timely, complete and well understood, many problems result, such as:

Wasted Time

Wasted Time

  • Expending resources searching for and updating information
  • Delays responding to and communicating changes
  • Slowed production
Poor Communication

Poor Communication

  • Lack of timely updates
  • Inefficient teamwork
  • Difficulty meeting or exceeding customer expectations
Inaccurate Documentation

Inaccurate Documentation

  • Mismatched documentation
  • Multiple versions of key documents
  • Missed changes
Unnecessary Risk

Unnecessary Risk

  • Compliance risks
  • Audit problems
  • Safety concerns

Today, it is impossible to manage quality or meet Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) requirements using disconnected spreadsheets that are manually updated, printed and stored in folders. Documentation needs to be linked to consistently reflect real-time data and communicate to stakeholders quickly. In addition, project management teams need the ability to track program status, measure against a project plan and control new product development risks.


CEBOS Can Help

For more than two decades, CEBOS has been helping companies implement quality management systems, including APQP and PPAP software to create and manage process flows, Failure Mode Effects Analyses (FMEAs), control plans, product specification, shop floor travelers, and other instructions and checklists. APQP software also helps organize and track complex product development and project management processes.

The CEBOS MQ1 APQP module is an integral part of an effective quality management program and offers:

  • Matching documentation and revisions
  • Changes across volumes of PPAP documents
  • Corrective actions automatically reflected in PPAP documents
  • Integrated process flow, FMEA and control plan documentation
  • Automated workflows and communication tools
  • Project tracking and visibility
  • Resource planning tools
  • Management of product development gates and approvals

Questions?

If you want to talk with someone about implementing APQP software in your business, please fill out a contact form here or call us today at (844) 344-9914.


The Benefits Are Clear

 

Because it is designed to touch all elements of an organization, a disciplined APQP process can achieve far-reaching benefits when it is implemented correctly. Some of the benefits that companies can expect to see include:


Enhanced Communication

ENHANCED COMMUNICATION

Improved communication among suppliers, customers and the project team, and effective communication throughout the organization.

Accurate Documentation

ACCURATE DOCUMENTATION

Required documentation is fully linked and automatically updated as changes are made.

Budget Savings

BUDGET SAVINGS

Early detection of quality and design problems that otherwise could lead to costly mistakes.

Continuous Improvement

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Ability to develop benchmark standards, capture lessons learned, implement changes and document success.



Features of CEBOS APQP and PPAP Software

 

Document Management
Document Management
  • A relational database connects documents to ensure data integrity.
  • Multiple documents are updated simultaneously when data is changed.
  • A link to the Document Management module updates control drawing information automatically.
  • Automated change logging feature maintains an audit trail of historical changes to product and process information.
  • Risks and non-conformances are tracked back to project documents so controls can be updated and institutionalized.
  • Software manages revision levels, ensuring that the team is always using the latest version.
  • Innovative “Joiner Technology” allows part-specific documents to be created while still using library records common to many parts/processes.
  • All APQP and PPAP documents are consolidated into a single PDF file for easy submission and greater document security.
  • Submissions can be customized to support customer-specific reporting requirements.
Communication Tools
Communication Tools
  • Integrated email capabilities facilitate and record communication with customers and suppliers and include reminders and escalation to ensure accountability for assigned action.
  • Lessons learned are maintained through reusable libraries of characteristics, failure modes and controls in conjunction with intelligent algorithms to suggest library logic matches based on customer, family, process and supplied items.
  • Visual aids can be embedded in operator instructions, reducing miscommunication in written work instructions.
  • Full integration from CAPA to FMEA ensures lessons learned are documented and implemented.
  • Automated project management tools allow greater visibility of program status, resources and deadlines.
Time Savings
Time Savings
  • Software automates numerous processes related to APQP and PPAP documentation.
  • Software allows for assignment of tasks, creation of best practice checklists and automation of work flows as part of the new product development process.
  • Libraries and templates minimize the time it takes to complete APQP and PPAP documents.
  • Templates enable quick copy functionality and enable part specific editing without compromising library records.
  • Integration with Documents, Supplier Management, CAPA/NCR, Inspection, Gage and Maintenance systems minimizes redundancy and rework.
  • Electronic routing of all documentation with automated reminders reduces approval times.
Customer Satisfaction
Customer Satisfaction
  • User configurable report writer adapts to customer formatting requests.
  • An audit trail of customer requirements to product characteristics ensures products are created to customer specifications.
  • Disciplined contract review checklists validate satisfaction of customer requirements.
  • Internal and external customers and suppliers can view and track project status.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about how CEBOS can help you address your company’s quality management system needs, including those related to APQP processes and PPAP software, please fill out this contact form or call us at (844) 344-9914.

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