Key factor in automobile manufacturing
The quality of an automobile is an absolute key factor to the manufacturer and its subcontractors. Today, customers have the highest requirements of their vehicles, and the quality level is continuing to rise. Here, for manufacturers and their subcontractors, quality management relates both to the product quality as well as all processes that pertain to the product. To keep up with the high standards, QM standards and processes have become established in the automotive industry over many years, such as in Europe, for example, with QM according to VDA, ISO 16949 or alternatively ISO 9001.
Important, automotive key tools are:
- Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
APQP deals with project planning, advance planning and maturity level protection. The objective is to
discover and remedy faults and problems at an early stage. This is ensured through transparency over the entire manufacturing process as well as through holistic documentation.
- Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA)
FMEA addresses product and process risks. It is intended to prevent technological and structural weaknesses through early analysis.
- Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
PPAP is an approval and initial sampling process in order to ensure that all products and processes satisfy the requirements to start series production.
ROSA – Quality manager from the project planning to the start of series production