What is APQP?

Advanced Product Quality Planning, APQP, exists to ensure suppliers and manufacturers produce products that meet or exceed customer expectations. It is considered a structured approach to the design and development of new products and manufacturing processes. As part of Pro QC’s Supplier Development services, APQP incorporates the Deming Cycle, or PDCA. …

ISO 13485:201X Preparation (Medical Device Audits)

ISO 13485:2003 is a standard issued by the International Organization for Standardization that specifies requirements for a medical device manufacturer to maintain a quality management system. According to the standard, these requirements “can be used by an organization for the design and development, production, installation and servicing of medical devices, …

Quantifying the Importance of Quality in 2015 (US Market)

Quality Magazine recently posted an article related to the importance of quality and other interesting observations regarding their 15th Annual Spending Survey. The article indicates a positive increase in spending where quality is concerned, along with other key indicators showing support and acknowledgment of the importance of quality.  Two highlights worth noting …

Welcome 2015… Maintain Quality Resolutions

As the first Monday of the New Year has arrived and productivity once again gains momentum, so too has the responsibility for resolution follow-through. Over the years, we have written a few articles that we think quality professionals in particular will appreciate.  We use quality tools from start to finish …

Global Supply Chains are Changing Fast & Creating New Quality Challenges

Our latest newsletter featured an article written by Pro QC’s VP/Americas, Michael L. Hetzel.  In the article, Michael expands on the ideas he presented in a recent interview with Awarely regarding trends in logistics and supply.  The original article is posted below. “Finally, product simplification/modularization/mass customization will dictate short supply …

Avoid shipment delays!

Delays in shipment are not uncommon, but preventable nonetheless. There are several possible causes for shipment delays, including: Delays in shipment of raw materials or components to the assembly factory Factory equipment malfunction Human resource issues Logistics (freight forwarder) delays Incorrect order quantity loaded (partial shipment) Product gets held in …

How well are your suppliers performing?

In a recent post, we discussed several New Year’s goals that we frequently hear from clients and prospects around this time of year.  One of the most common is evaluating and improving supplier performance. We know that suppliers may appear qualified at first and then fail to deliver the required quality after time and …