APQP Software

When a product is of good quality, customers are satisfied. APQP software helps your quality management team achieve this goal and avoid errors. In addition, good advanced product quality planning helps you keep track of whether your project team is working well together and standards are being met. Find out more about the importance and use of APQP software below.

What is APQP?

The structured APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) process enables companies to ensure that products meet customer requirements. The method is applied at an early stage of project management, before cost-intensive errors can even occur.

Quality planning is based on the requirements for quality management systems as specified in ISO 9001 across all industries. On top of this, IATF 16949:2016 specifies more far-reaching requirements for series production in the automotive industry.

Companies that develop, manufacture and market medical devices are also subject to the mandatory requirements of ISO 13485. Certification by a notified body is a mandatory requirement for demonstrating the effectiveness of the quality management system. Use our APQP software to ensure your system is effective.

Project sequence of advanced product quality planning

  1. Establishment of teams with clear roles and responsibilities
  2. Designation of the team responsible for the entire project
  3. Description of roles (e.g. internal/external customer)
  4. Mapping of customer requirements, e.g. as a “user story”
  5. Definition of time and cost planning
  6. End-to-end documentation

Disadvantages of production processes without APQP software

The number one goal of quality planning is prevention. By not following a structured APQP approach, you risk not communicating changes in a timely manner, repeating errors, and failing to meet customer requirements.

Advantages of production with APQP software

When you use APQP software, you put customer satisfaction first. You can detect changes at an early stage and specify a suitable workflow. Quality planning enables you to provide high-quality products on time at low cost. Your customers and suppliers will be in constant contact.

Advantages of our APQP software

Our APQP software supports your project management efforts around product and quality planning throughout all phases of development. The checklist function creates a uniform, product-related documentation structure. You have a precise overview of and control over the production process. The APQP software provides central monitoring and management of all project and product-related information and documents.

With our quality planning software, you can reduce:

  • the time required for follow-up projects by 30%,
  • the number of repeat errors by 90%,
  • the number of audit discrepancies by 80%.

Process management with several QDA modules

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Combine our APQP software easily with other quality planning modules. This will ensure consistent adherence to process steps during advanced product quality planning, reduce costs, and improve the quality of your products.

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The systematic approach avoids errors

The integration of the QDA action management tool allows you to track and assign project-related tasks

Minimize audit discrepancies

Automate the tracking of changes

Execute multiple feature changes on one screen

Minimize redundancy and duplicate data entry

Import process steps

Functions of our APQP software

APQP Functions

Our APQP software follows the 5-phase model of APQP. The model highlights the chronological sequence of quality planning as well as the interdependencies in individual development phases.

APQP Functions

Highlights of our APQP software

Our APQP software integrates seamlessly into the process management system as a whole. It brings together all the information from planning, data collection and reporting. The consistency that results makes it possible to easily and consistently transfer the production control plan all the way from part approval to production. We also supply the APQP software in an APQP4WIND configuration in order to meet the special requirements of this standard.

Our QDA solution for quality planning is available on all mobile devices through the app or your web browser, and data can be captured both online and offline. By using our technology platform, you can also reduce the operational costs of QDA.

QDA can offer any deployment option desired by the customer

SaaS

All-inclusive: QDA + database can be hosted on Amazon Workspace, Azure, Oracle, Citrix, Terminal Server, etc. The choice is yours. You only need a login for this.

On-Premises

We install the APQP software at your premises.

Operating system requirements

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  • 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Windows 10 (or higher)
  • Min. 4 GB system memory (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • 20 GB free storage space
  • Databases: Compatible with MS SQL Server Express, MS SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL
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Get in touch!

Do you have specific questions about our solutions? Get in touch!

Michael Gadau
Director QDA SOLUTIONS