Cyient’s Global AS9145 Supply Chain Collaboration Solution

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OVERVIEW

AS9145 establishes requirements for performing and documenting Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). APQP begins with conceptual product needs and extends through product definition, production planning, product, and process validation (i.e., PPAP), product use, and post-delivery service.  

 

The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) research shows a 40% reduction in production part defects is possible through a robust PPAP program, including the ability to view risk analysis documents during MRB review and provide data riven corrective actions.

Cyient’s PPAP4Aero solution provides the infrastructure to connect over 25,000 suppliers in over 50 countries, with a multilingual application integrated with OEMs and prime aerospace companies. The platform exceeds the highest security standards to meet international regulations around data protection.

SOLUTION

Deployed on Microsoft Azure with ITAR Security Compliance

PPAP4Aero is a simplified, intuitive solution that makes authoring and managing Process Flows, PFMEA, Control Plans and PPAP submissions easier than ever.

It has been designed by PPAP practitioners who need more than spreadsheets but simpler to collaborate with stakeholders.

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Key Features

  • Spreadsheet like user interface, without any of the common problems of spreadsheets.
  • Ability to upload information and build reference tables to simplify document authoring.
  • User definable PPAP submission tasks.
  • Standard Process Flow, PFMEA, and Control Plan templates are preloaded and selected via a dropdown menu with the ability to configure forms to match customer versions.
  • Linkages between forms offers the capability to see all the Process Flows, PFMEA, and Control Plans data in a single relational database providing visibility not possible with standalone forms.
  • Version control assurance: All users globally update the same file – no more questioning if you have the latest file.
  • Common/similar parts can be created and shared from a common configuration.
  • Part PPAP history is maintained electronically: All supporting documents created – prints, engineering specs, packaging specs, etc. – can also be uploaded into the project.
  • Bring the right side of the FMEA with table driven action items with assignments and due dates.
  • Gage R&R is intuitive and provides a concise, easily understandable report – handling both variable and attribute gages – with ability to share studies across multiple PPAP submissions.
  • Concurrent licensing: one license covers multiple users.
  • Automatic real time spell check during data entry: No more mistakes from forgetting to run the spell checker in the spreadsheet before submitting documents.
  • Ability to export PPAP package from software for local storage for ease of access.
  • Support for multiple languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese. Additional languages are regularly being added.

 

BENEFITS OF PPAP4Aero 

The primary benefit of PPAP4Aero is improved production quality of parts and significant
cost savings by way of reduced defects. 

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Anytime, Anywhere access

Securely access data from anywhere in the world, on nearly any device, to reduce travel.
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Enterprise systems integration

API driven integrations eliminate business disruption and increase operational efficiency.
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Reporting-friendliness

PPAP4Aero features inbuilt reporting and dashboarding tools, and allows for third party reporting and data exports.
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Role-based access control

Securely control access to employees, auditors, and contractors so they can only access data and functionalities that they need.

BETTER THAN SPREADSHEETS

Build a knowledge base using PPAP4Aero and dramatically shorten time and improve results to minimize risk.

  • PPAP Creation Time reduced by 60%
  • PPAP Reporting / Submission time reduced by 90%
  • PPAP Effectiveness improved by 80%
  • Support Aerospace Zero Defect efforts to provide MRB process access to key manufacturing information

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Bad Data

If your company is having trouble maintaining accurate PPAP data, then it is time to put spreadsheets to rest. Spreadsheets provide limited methods to validate input, and these safeguards can be easily bypassed or ignored. This results in compromised and inaccurate data due to manual errors. Their accuracy completely depends on the users’ skill level and ability to manually identify and correct mistakes. Mistakes usually go unnoticed, and spreadsheets are rarely checked or tested thoroughly before being rolled out.

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Is Too Hard to Learn

Most employees who interact with PPAP4Aero only need to know how to fill in a form or click on an icon.

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We’ve Always Used Spreadsheets

You may have always used a screwdriver as a crowbar or a shim, but it doesn’t make it the best tool for the job. If you’re working on the company financials, use a spreadsheet. If you’re creating a budget, use a spreadsheet. But if you’re maintaining non-numerical data, use a database.

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Not Enough Data Here to Warrant a Database

That's how it starts! A year later, they’re still using the same spreadsheet, which has grown to 1,000+ rows and takes ~ 5 minutes to open. When the files get bigger than expected, that's when the process becomes highly inefficient.

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Version Control

How many times has someone opened a spreadsheet in Read Only mode, saved changes to it to their hard drive, and then copied it back over the network copy, eliminating any changes made by another person?

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Speed

A database stores information more efficiently. Relational databases use tables to segregate data. You’ll have one table for part, customer, suppler information, and another one for the specific forms. Therefore, your database is smaller than your spreadsheet and provides an idea how, over time, your database is more streamlined than your spreadsheet.

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Searches, Views, and Reports

Databases with these capabilities are robust are easier to write to and run.

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Security

Spreadsheets lack control and security features. Aerospace requires ITAR compliance. Although spreadsheets allow you to protect data with a password and Windows based permissions, it is extremely delicate and requires a deep understanding of spreadsheets. Some of these features won’t work if you have people using different operating systems or if you need relational databases from other computers. Even a password protected spreadsheets file is not secure; there are tools on the Internet that anyone can use to unlock a protected spreadsheets file without knowing the password.

 

BENEFITS OF THE CLOUD

Companies usually start their return on investment (ROI) analysis of any potential venture by looking at two data points - how would it reduce cost, and how would it increase margin? The cost structure of the cloud delivers improvements in several ways - Reduced costs are generated by leveraging resources and technology through the benefit of scale offered by Microsoft Azure. Additionally, lower start-up costs and moving CapEx spending to OpEx help enhance the value proposition.  Most importantly, improved data security over spreadsheets needs to be considered by all companies.

 

Pricing

  • Price chart reflects the cost for one year of access to the PPAP4Aero software for a single user license.
  • User licenses are based on concurrent users.
  • Each company account includes 50GB of shared storage space as part of the annual subscription.
  • Additional account storage space is available for purchase (for an annual fee) in 50GB increments.

Retail: $125/month per concurrent user, paid $1,500 annually

Additional Storage: $120 annually per 50GB

Language: English, Spanish, Chinese

 

THE CYIENT ADVANTAGE

Cyient (Estd: 1991, NSE: CYIENT) is a global engineering and digital technology solutions company. As a Design, Build, and Maintain partner for leading organizations worldwide, we take solution ownership across the value chain to help customers focus on their core, innovate, and stay ahead of the curve. We leverage digital technologies, advanced analytics capabilities, and our domain knowledge and technical expertise to solve complex business problems. We partner with customers to operate as part of their extended team in ways that best suit their organization’s culture and requirements. Our industry focus includes aerospace and defense, healthcare, telecommunications, rail transportation, semiconductor, geospatial, industrial, and energy. For more information, please visit cyient.com

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