APQP – Advanced Product Quality Planning

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is a quality framework used for developing new products in the automotive industry. It can be applied to any industry. Its purpose is “to produce a product quality plan which will support the development of a product or service that will satisfy the customer.


Course Objective

Complex products and supply chains present plenty of possibilities for failure, especially when new products are being launched. Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is a structured process aimed at ensuring customer satisfaction with new products or processes.

There are numerous tools and techniques described within APQP. Each tool has potential value when applied in the correct timing. Tools that have the greatest impact on product and process success are called the Core Tools.

Who Should Attend

Management Representatives

Quality Managers & Executive

Supplier Development Managers

Supplier Quality Assurance Mgrs

Production Managers

NPD Managers

Benefits of Attending

APQP or Advanced Product Quality Planning is a structured method of designing a system that ensures that a product satisfies the customer.

The Advanced Product Quality Planning process consists of four phases and five major activities along with ongoing feedback assessment and corrective action.

APQP will help the participants to

  • Understand customer needs 
  • Take Proactive feedback & corrective action
  • Design within process capabilities
  • Analyze & mitigate failure modes
  • Conduct Verification & validation
  • Assess and Design reviews
  • Control special/critical characteristics

 Ford Motor Company published the first Advanced Quality Planning handbook for suppliers in the early 1980’s. APQP helped Ford suppliers develop appropriate prevention and detection controls for new products supporting the corporate quality effort. 

Workshop Agenda

Introduction to APQP

History of APQP and how it was  evolved

Applicability of APQP

Benefits and Examples

APQP Phases –Brief intro to Phases

Plan and define the program

Product design and development

Process design and development

Product and process validation

Feedback assessment and corrective action

Plan & Define Program

Design Goal, Quality & Reliability Goal

Preliminary Process Flow

Special Products and Process

Product Assurance Plan

Product Design and Development

Design Verification and Review, DFMEA

Prototype Build, Engineering Drawing and Specs

Drawing and Specs Change

Equipment, Tooling, Facilities, Sp Product

Prototype Control Plan, Gauge Requirements

Process Design and Development

Packaging standards, Product/process quality system review, Floor plan layout, Process flow chart

Characteristics matrix, PFMEA (process failure mode effects analysis), Pre-launch control plan

Process instructions, Measurement system analysis plan, Preliminary process capability study plan

Packaging specifications, Management support

Product and Process Validation

Production trial run, Measurement systems evaluation

Preliminary process capability study, Production Part Approval (PPAP), Production validation testing

Packaging evaluation, Production control plan

Quality planning sign-off and management support

Feedback, Assessment & Corrective Action

Reduced variation

Customer satisfaction, Documentation, and service

Summary and Q&A

Systems Requirements For APQP

Training Deliverables

Feedback From Past Participants

“Our approach toward the Quality has changed a lot. The results are visible when OEM customer appreciated our quality rating”

“This session is highly recommended for  all manages to develop a more structured approach towards quality”

“The real-time examples shared by the trainer are very useful as we could relate to what we were doing back in our company.”

Know Your Trainer


B tech from NIT Rourkela, PGDM  from IIM Calcutta with 14+ yrs of intensive experience in various sector. He is a certified coach for Manufacturing Management and System Development

He has helped companies turn-around by implementing Manufacturing Excellence through Lean, Statistical Quality Control, Six Sigma, Strategy Management

He is a passionate reader and have inclination to solve complex business problems within very short span of time.

@Tetrahedron Manufacturing Services Pvt Ltd

Phone : +91 7042140046         Email: training@tetrahedron.in

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