1st Edition

Advanced Product Quality Planning
The Road to Success

ISBN 9781138394582
Published December 10, 2018 by CRC Press
254 Pages - 33 B/W Illustrations

USD $105.00

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Book Description

This book defines, develops, and examines the foundations of the APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) methodology. It explains in detail the five phases, and it relates its significance to national, international, and customer specific standards. It also includes additional information on the PPAP (Production Part Approval Process), Risk, Warranty, GD&T (Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing), and the role of leadership as they apply to the continual improvement process of any organization.


  • Defines and explains the five stages of APQP in detail
  • Identifies and zeroes in on the critical steps of the APQP methodology
  • Covers the issue of risk as it is defined in the ISO 9001, IATF 16949, the pending VDA, and the OEM requirements
  • Presents the role of leadership and management in the APQP methodology
  • Summarizes all of the change requirements of the IATF standard

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: The APQP Process. Chapter 1.  Plan and Define. Chapter 2. Product Design and Development/Prototype Build. Chapter 3.  Process Design and Development. Chapter 4.  Product and Process Validation. Chapter 5.  Corrective and Preventive Action Feedback. Chapter 6.  Key Elements of APQP. Chapter 7.  PPAP with Specific Requirements of GM, FCC and Ford. Part II: Selected Specific Issues Concerning APQP. Chapter 8.  Teams. Chapter 9.  Risk Analysis. Chapter 10.  Warranty Analysis. Chapter 11.  GD&T Used in the APQP and PPP Process. Chapter 12.  Managing Change. Appendix A: Leadership of Top Management. Appendix B: IATF 16949 Changes. Appendix C: FMEA Forms. Appendix D: Failure Mode Avoidance (FMA).

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Dean H. Stamatis is the president of Contemporary Consultants Co., in Southgate, Michigan. He is a specialist in Management Consulting, Organizational Development, and Quality Science. He has taught Project Management, Operations Management, logistics, Mathematical Modeling, Economics, Management and Statistics for both graduate and undergraduate levels at Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, ANHUI University (Bengbu, China), University of Phoenix, and Florida Institute of Technology.

With over 30 years of experience in management, quality training and consulting, Dr. Stamatis has serviced numerous private sector industries including but not limited to: Steel, Automotive, General manufacturing, tooling, electronics, plastics, food, navy, department of defense, pharmaceutical, chemical, printing, healthcare and medical device.

He is a certified Quality Engineer through the American Society of Quality Control, certified Manufacturing Engineer through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, certified Master Black Belt through IABLS, Inc. and he is a graduate of BSi’s ISO 900 Lead Assessor training program.

Dr. Stamatis has written over 70 articles, presented many speeches and has participated in both national and international conferences on quality. He is a contributing author on several books and the sole author of 42 books.


"I really enjoyed how D. H. Stamatis takes you through the basics of the APQP processes from multiple dimensions and draws attention to elements of the process that are often over-looked. This is a great book for professionals that are starting the journey to support and participate in the automobile industry."
Luis Cantu Pena, Johnson Controls

"I sponsor the Advanced Product Quality Planning: The Road to Success by D.H. Stamatis. This is an excellent documented process to achieve execution of the product with excellence and on time.
What is described is a "plan to win." When you follow the steps described with discipline, you can expect to win. As described in the book: The assigned members need to take ownership of the tasks and stay focused. On team work, that will bring synergy, communication, to insure alignment, timing, and planning that results in commitment to the winning results. It will help identify activities that bring continuous improvement to the process and the product."
Antonios Katakis, General Motors, USA