APQP-Based New Product Development
Products are developed with robust and repeatable design methodology that adapts to customer needs.
HED utilizes a New Product Development (NPD) process that is based upon Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) methodology. The NPD process is a structured method of defining and establishing the steps necessary to assure that a product satisfies the customer. The goals are to ensure a quality product on time at the lowest cost.
NPD process key characteristics are:
- Upfront definition of requirements, together with test plans and project timing.
- Robust design practice including FMEAs, design guidelines and product validation.
- Structured component and scope change processes.
- Customer approval at key milestones
- HED top management commitment to the effort required in achieving customer satisfaction.
HED's 6-phase New Product Development Process: