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What does APQP mean? 
Advanced Product Quality Planning (or APQP) is a framework of procedures and techniques used to develop products in industry.
What is the purpose of APQP?
The purpose is to produce a product quality plan which will support development of a product or service that will satisfy the customer.
Who invented APQP? 
Advanced Product Quality Planning is a process developed in the late 1980s by a commission of experts gathered from the 'Big Three' US automobile manufacturers: Ford, GM and Chrysler. This commission invested five years to analyze the then-current automotive development and production status in the US, Europe and especially in Japan. At the time, the success of the Japanese automotive companies was starting to be remarkable in the US market.
What does PPAP mean? 
Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is used in the supply chain for establishing confidence in component suppliers and their production processes. Actual measurements are taken of the parts produced and are used to complete the various test sheets of PPAP.
What is the purpose of PPAP?
The purpose of any Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is:
  • to ensure that a supplier can meet the manufacturability and quality requirements of the parts supplied to the customer
  • to provide evidence that the customer engineering design record and specification requirements are clearly understood and fulfilled by the supplier
  • to demonstrate that the established manufacturing process has the potential to produce the part that consistently meets all requirements during the actual production run at the quoted production rate Critical elements of the process approach.

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