Advanced Product Quality Planning standards provide a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to assure that a product satisfies the customer�s requirements. Control Plans aid in manufacturing quality products according to customer requirements in conjunction with QS 9000. An emphasis is placed on minimizing process and product variation. A Control Plan provides "a structured approach for the design, selection, and implementation of value-added control methods for the total system." QS�9000 compliant automotive suppliers must utilize Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) in the Advanced Quality Planning process and in the development of their Control Plans.
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The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) copyrighted industry-wide FMEA standards in February of 1993, the technical equivalent of the Society of Automotive Engineers procedure SAE J-1739. The standards are presented in an FMEA Manual approved and supported by all three auto makers. It provides general guidelines for preparing an FMEA.