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The PPAP Process

The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) provides customers with evidence that:

  • Component suppliers have understood their requirements.
  • The product meets the customers requirements.
  • The production process is capable of consistently producing conforming product.

The PAAP process is designed to demonstrate that the component supplier has developed their design and production process to meet the client's requirements, minimising the risk of failure by effective use of APQP.

The purpose of PPAP is to Determine if all customer engineering design record & specification requirements are properly understood by the organisation and that the manufacturing processes has potential to produce the product consistently meeting these requirements during an actual production run at the eliminate the quoted production rate.

PPAP is an important part of the product development process, allowing producers to evaluate the components and sub-systems which they receive from suppliers, and establishing confidence in the supplier's management systems. Although individual manufacturers have their own particular requirements, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) has developed a common PPAP standard as part of the Advanced Product Quality Planning Process (APQP) - and encouraging the use of common terminology and standard forms to document project status.


The IMDS

The International Material Data System (IMDS)

The IMDS is a collective, computer-based material data system used primarily by automotive OEMs to manage environmentally relevant aspects of the different parts used in vehicles. Through this system, the automotive industry is able to reconstruct the complete material flow.

The adoption of the IMDS relies above all on a legislative background such as:

Laws & Regulations on hazardous substances - OEMs must eliminate these substances from the supply chain.
End-Of-Life Vehicles Directive (ELV) - It forces car manufacturers to improve their recycling rates.
Therefore all suppliers must deliver accurate material information.

The IMDS was originally developed in response to the European ELV directive and is the result of a collaborative effort involving 7 OEMs, namely Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Porsche, VW and Volvo. Since its establishment, OEMs throughout the world have joined the sponsor's group supporting the system.

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The ISO/TS16949 2009 accreditation

TS 16949 is the International Quality Management Standard specifically written by the Automotive Industry.

In a concerted effort to improve quality and assure the integrity of supplies to the industry. Subscribers to the standard include BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, PSA, Renault and Volkswagen.

The introduction of TS 16949 has resulted in substantial improvements in all aspects of quality, delivery and overall efficiency throughout the supply chain. It has also reduced the requirement for multiple audits of manufacturers.

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