The SupplyOn solution
As a first step of the implementation of the web-based APQP process, three templates were defined in close cooperation with the departments handling mechanical and electronic parts. These three templates – basic, standard or advanced – all cover a different scope and are used depending on the project’s risk, experience with the development partner, and the complexity and criticality of the respective part.
After the new online process had been tested based on the defined tempates in a pilot phase, it was successively rolled out globally at 70 locations with over 1,000 internal users and several hundred suppliers. Parallel to the rollout, several backend systems were linked to SupplyOn.
Thanks to the backend integration, setting up a new development project is now quick and easy. As soon as a component has been approved, data such as the part number, material ID number, commodity class and milestones are automatically transferred from the backend system to the project template.
While a project is ongoing, this backend link enables comprehensive business warehouse reporting with multiple layers being depicted and projects being summarized in an ovierview report. The automated archiving system ensures that project data is filed in a structured manner and can be easily retrieved even years later.
The project data automatically flows into a balanced scorecard, which delivers important results for project assessments and provides valuable information for future development process improvements.
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