Component Qualification/PPAP

Business Challenge      Key Features       Business Benefits 

SupplierSoft on-Demand Component Qualification/Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) solution provides companies a central repository for initiating, tracking and managing component qualification process. Ease-of-use, global performance and multi-lingual capabilities ensures rapid adoption across all geographies.

  • Track component qualification requirements: For each component, the system enables tracking of configurable qualification requirements such as data sheets, Material declarations, Lab reports, Audits, SPC, FAI, OQA, FMEA, DFC, DFM, DFR, GRR and more.
  • Track PPAP requirements: For each component, the system enables tracking of 18 PPAP requirements as outlined by AIAG: Design Records, Authorized Engineering Change Documents, Engineering Approval, DFMEA, Process Flow diagram, PFMEA, Control Plan, Measurement System Analysis Studies, Dimensional Results, Records of Material/Performance Tests, Initial Process Studies, Qualified Laboratory Documentation, Appearance Approval Report, Sample Production Parts, Master Sample, Checking Aids, Customer Specific Requirements and Part Submission Warrant (PSW)
  • Configure PPAP Levels: Based upon component family, past supplier quality performance and the reason for PPAP, the PPAP levels (1-5) can be configured without any programming.
  • Configure Phased PPAP: System supports phased PPAP requirements from OEMs such as Ford. 
  • Expiration based reminders: Multiple configurable expiration based reminders ensure that all the documents are collected on-time.
  • Central qualification documents repository with search capabilities: PPAP documents for all components are kept centrally with the ability to search for specific document and keywords.
  • E-mail based document exchange: Suppliers can e-mail documents to a central e-mail address (such as ).  The system automatically extracts documents from e-mails and attaches them to appropriate component and their qualification requirements.
  • Integrated Environmental Compliance: The PPAP process is seamlessly integrated with the Environmental Compliance application, allowing for IMDS reporting.
  • Integrated quality management: Component qualification is seamlessly integrated with corrective action and audit management applications.
  • Configurable approval processes: Configurable multi-step and parallel approval processes enable approval of various requirements across functional departments such as component/supplier engineering, product/design engineering, procurement, quality, process engineering, environmental compliance and program management.

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) Dashboard

  • Program/NPI Management:  Program and NPI managers can track the status of all the components within a BOM and drill down to identity problem areas.  Configurable program dashboards enable program managers to quickly check the health of the program at a glance.
  • Configurable dashboards and reports:  In addition to standard dashboards and reports that highlight the status of component qualification, configurable dashboards and reports enable business users to create personalized dashboards and reports with a few mouse clicks – all without IT involvement
  • Contact management: Supplier contacts can be tracked along with expiration driven reminders.
  • Outlook/Notes integration:  Full integration with Outlook/Notes ensures that desk top is always in sync with the system. Entire communication history can be searched through, providing visibility into past interactions.
  • Ease of use: A Web 2.0 user interface eases user adoption.
  • Global performance: The system has superb performance across all geographies for global users.
  • Multi-lingual: The system is enabled for translation in any language and can be easily translated into any language, improving user adoption.