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Roger Eastin
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posted 01 March 1999 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Roger Eastin   Click Here to Email Roger Eastin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone share with me a success story using an APQP approach with emphasis on $ saved? I have a management team that has philosophically bought an APQP approach, but is having trouble staying away from the temptation of "shotgunning" projects(I am assuming that the APQP approach is compared to the "shotgun" project management approach!)

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posted 01 March 1999 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin Mader   Click Here to Email Kevin Mader     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roger,

I work for an organization that has been using a design program (it mirrors Fords design program) which was what the APQP is, to my knowledge, based upon. When I joined the organization, it was the first time I had seen the FMEA process being performed. Systems, Process, and Design FMEAs are performed ritually. Have I a specific dollar amount? Not really, but I can say that often times the FMEA process, and the associated verification and validation, has spared this organization several costly tooling design changes late in the program. Above that, what did we save in the cost of a dissatisfied customer? What did we gain by discovering something missing or wrong early in the Customer's eyes. We don't catch all of our opportunities, but the process really does help. Combined with the other aspects of the design model, virtually anyone involved with design process will see how the program has saved. Design Review periodically through the program is a real check and balance and keeps the program focus and closer to a time plan. Hope this helps.

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posted 02 March 1999 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Howard Atkins   Click Here to Email Howard Atkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I heared a story today that in the late 1970's there was a scare as with the 2K bug because in those days the computers worked on one digit. There were problems, I am sure some of you remember this better than I.
If they had performed FMEA then on the process and used APQP techniques to solve the problem then the 2k bug would not be here.

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posted 03 March 1999 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Roger Eastin   Click Here to Email Roger Eastin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate the replies, but if anyone has some dollars that have been saved using an APQP approach, I would appreciate hearing them. I do agree with Deming that most "lost" costs are unknown and unknowable, such as lost customer satisfaction. However, in our indicator-based industry, it would be helpful to hear a story or two of how APQP helped the bottom line.

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posted 05 March 1999 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc Smith   Click Here to Email Marc Smith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nope - sorry, no $ figures, but I do want to say:

APQP = Re-engineering

I have a lot of respect for a well planned product starting with the concept stage.

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posted 13 April 1999 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Christian Lupo   Click Here to Email Christian Lupo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
APQP = concurrent engineering

IEEE Spectrum, July 1991 "special report on concurrent engineering (CE)"

John Deere & co used CE to cut 30 % off the cost of developing new construction equipment and 60 % off development time

Hewlett-packard decided to improve the quality of its products by 1000 percent in 5 years -- and succeeded! For example, on one product the devgelopment team for an oscilloscope developed the product from idea to finished product in 1/3 the time it took to develop similar products.

AT & T adopted CE and reduced the time it took to develop a new switching system by 50 %.

Institute for defense analysis (Wenner et al 1988) benefits of Ce included:

40 -60 percent reduction in developpment time
30-40 percent reduction in development costs
50 percent reduction in engineering changes
75 percent reduction in rework and scrap

There are other metrics similar to this in "Concurrent engineering effectiveness" by Mitchell Fleischer and Jeffery Liker. I highly recommend it!

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Roger Eastin
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posted 15 April 1999 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Roger Eastin   Click Here to Email Roger Eastin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. Now we're talking! Who published the book on Concurrent Engineering?

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posted 17 April 1999 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc Smith   Click Here to Email Marc Smith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
APQP = concurrent engineering
Yes - better said.

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