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Abbreviation for Advanced Product Quality Planning. A set of procedures and techniques developed by the automotive industry to methodically ensure that a product satisfies the customer requirements.

The APQP elements consist of:

  • Design FMEA
  • Design Verification Plan & Report
  • Prototype Build Control Plan
  • Manufacturing Process Flow Chart
  • Process FMEA
  • Pre-Launch Control Plan
  • Operation Process Instructions
  • Production Control Plan
  • Design & Mfg. Review(s)
  • Facilities / Tools / Gauges
  • Prototype Builds
  • Drawings and Specifications
  • Team Feasibility Commitment
  • Measurement Systems Evaluation
  • Packaging Specifications
  • Production Trial Run
  • Preliminary Process Capability Study
  • Production Validation Testing
  • Production Part Approval (PSW)
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