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Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) remains one of the most critical components of a cost-effective quality management and regulatory compliance system. In today’s economic environment, paper-driven advanced planning systems are no longer adequate to meet the demands of a global manufacturing industry. The aerospace and defense industry, in particular, faces daunting regulatory and competitive challenges as related to first article inspection protocols. In the general manufacturing industry, a streamlined, software-based product part approval process can potentially create opportunities to optimize operational costs across the board.

IQS’ Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) software module creates an enterprise-wide platform to manage all first article documentation via a single interface. The IQS solution allows manufacturers to consolidate project protocols in one system that keeps track of personnel assignments and the level of assigned task completion. To reduce the risk of nonconforming products delaying time-to-market objectives, manufacturers must develop a quality management and regulatory compliance system that integrates supplier and customer data in a unified system. This advanced planning strategy can potentially lower both production and warranty costs by identifying pre-production problems more quickly.IQS Sample First Article Inspection Report

IQS’ PPAP / First Article Inspection software allows manufacturing sites to facilitate part change requests to suppliers efficiently by performing process audits from an enterprise-wide perspective. The IQS software also features the ability to incorporate real-time data from other IQS software modules and documents to yield more reliability first article inspection results. By deploying the IQS software solution, manufacturers can manage all elements of cost-effective APQP in a single system to improve the overall effectiveness of quality management and regulatory compliance initiatives.

In summary, the IQS PPAP/ First Article Software:

  • Creates an enterprise-wide platform to manage all PPAP/first article documentation via a single interface with an unlimited number of user-defined steps
  • Allows manufacturers to consolidate project protocols in one system that keeps track of personnel assignments and the level of assigned task completion
  • Facilitates part change requests to suppliers efficiently by performing process audits from an enterprise-wide perspective
  • Creates a submission and assigns and notifies the supplier that work needs done and more!

Other Applications

The following applications are designed to work hand-in-hand with PPAP/First Article Software:

"PPAP/First Article Software" is part of the IQS line of products, developed by IQS Quality Management Software.