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.
When APQP elements are not managed well to ensure that process changes are timely, complete and well understood, many problems result, such as:
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.
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:
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:
Improved communication among suppliers, customers and the project team, and effective communication throughout the organization.
Required documentation is fully linked and automatically updated as changes are made.
Early detection of quality and design problems that otherwise could lead to costly mistakes.
Ability to develop benchmark standards, capture lessons learned, implement changes and document success.
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 (810) 534-2222.