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In the automotive industry, there is the potential for new parts and products to be created each year, when new vehicles are released. In other industries, new parts can be created in the same manner when new products are invented. PPAP, or production part approval process, was initially developed to assist the automotive industry, ensuring product quality, and it has spread to the commercial and industrial sectors.
PPAP in Action
The PPAP process, carried out by a trained team, begins by evaluating a product that a company provides to the public. The team then determines whether the supplier, used by the company, can properly manufacture the product. The team submits its findings, and then, if necessary, advises the production process.
PPAP concepts that are introduced in a training course are: the ideas behind and purpose of the PPAP process; PPAP process requirements; and training in the submission, documentation and material requirements.
Training Course and Features
PPAP online training is done through audio, video and graphic tutorials. Accompanying each lesson are charts and data sheets, which can be printed out, that assist the training. All on-site training that is missed in an online classroom is replaced with the video tutorials, in which procedures are acted out.
Time Frame and Cost
Training can take four to six hours. After registration, an applicant has 30 days to complete the scheduled training. The average fee for online training is $90, as of 2010.
The American Society for Quality states that an individual trained in the PPAP process can plan, document, evaluate and communicate a specific part's manufacturing process in a clear manner. This training also has a benefit for the consumer: the quality of a product that is reviewed by the PPAP process increases as the PPAP team goes through the evaluation procedure.