Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Introduction
The APQP process improved customer product launches from the earliest days of its use, dating to the early 1990’s in the US auto industry. Manufacturers including automotive and heavy truck and their suppliers have successfully reduced new product introduction lead times
by over 40% and reduced quality problems at new product launches by even higher percentages.
The key to APQP is not just the early or advanced use of resources and timing, but the discipline and practices it brings into place. APQP introduces a disciplined new product development process with phases and gates that along with prevention tools to bring major savings and error free launches. The results of APQP speak wonders in the Automotive industry, Semiconductor industry and more recently, in the Aerospace and Train industry.
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