Industry Headlines

E-exchange for PPAP Documents

The automotive industry's Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process has always looked good on paper. But that has been one of the problems. The process -- developed in 1994 by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) as a systematic product introduction process -- has always required the exchange of lots of paper documents among supply chain partners.

Now an AIAG committee known as e-APQP is wrapping up a project that will ease the paper burden. By Sept. 30, the committee expects to complete development of a common electronic format for the exchange of documents found in the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) manual. The new format is based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard. It will enable suppliers and automotive OEMs to exchange PPAP documents electronically, regardless of which vendor's Advanced Quality Planning software they are using, says John Casey, e-APQP committee chairman.

"This will create tremendous productivity savings," Casey says. He expects that around 14 software vendors that are part of the e-APQP effort will convert their software to accommodate the XML standard by about yearend. Pilot electronic exchange projects could begin by next year's first quarter, with formal OEM conversion to the standard before yearend 2003.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Quality Magazine. 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Podcasts

Karen Spencer, Clinkenbeard's quality manager, discusses what makes the plant stand out, advice for other plants, and looks to the future.
More Podcasts

Quality Magazine

CoverImage

2015 April

The April 2015 edition of Quality Magazine includes this years Quality's Professional of the Year.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Topics to Talk About

What topics would you like to see Quality cover more?
View Results Poll Archive

Clear Seas Research

qcast_ClearSeas_logo.gifWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook2015_40 twitter_40px.png  youtube_40px.pnglinkedin_40px.png  GooglePlus_40

eNewsletters