254 pages | 33 B/W Illus.
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.
"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
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).