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Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA)
Statistical Process Control (SPC) and

Root Cause Analysis and Reporting Methods
2-Day Risk Management using FMEAcoretoolbooks

MMTC trainers strive to stay on top of the latest versions of the Core Tools and interpret the requirements for practical deployment. Training sessions are offered in open enrollment format or on-site for employees. Each attendee receives a copy of the latest reference manual issued by AIAG. MMTC offers Core Tools training in APQP, FMEA and PPAP combination, SPC, MSA, Root Cause Analysis and Reporting Methods.

Core Tools: APQP, FMEA and PPAP (2-Day Training) CEU Credits: 1.4

MMTC offers this combination class to train companies in the planning, launch and validation of a new automotive product or process. The course blends three powerful tools to guide participants through all steps of the launch process. With an emphasis on contextual learning, attendees will use actual production parts in all phases of training.

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) is applied to our injection molding process, which produces several different components that are assembled later. Participants use blueprint drawings for the parts as they learn project management skills in planning the sequence, selecting the gages, inspection points in the process, floor layout, and generating the control plan.  Content includes:

  • TS 16949 requirements
  • Product design and development
  • Planning and defining the program  
  • Validation of product and process
  • APQP team dynamics    
  • Control plan methodology

Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) During day two of the training, participants apply the latest version of FMEA to the plastic parts to determine “what can go wrong” with the parts and the process. Content includes:

  • What is FMEA; how does it fit into APQP
  • Robust design concepts (DFMEA)
  • Quality system requirements    
  • Design and process FMEA objectives
  • Recommended FMEA process sequence

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) As the PPAP process is introduced; it is applied to the parts produced. Actual measurements are taken and are used to complete the various test sheets of PPAP. Content includes:

  • When is PPAP required (applicability)
  • Dimensional, material and test results
  • Process requirements
  • Floor layout (single process flow)

Offered on-site or in an open enrollment format the remaining Core Tools are delivered in one day sessions.

Statistical Process Control (SPC) (1-day class) CEU Credits: 0.7

Basic SPC is applied using the parts produced in the MMTC factory. Participants run a group of sequentially produced parts and then measure them to determine average, range and sigma. Control limits are calculated using these same parts and additional samples are measured and plotted to determine where the process is going and why. Interpretations of results are part of this course as well as capability study exercises.

  • Concepts of SPC detection vs. prevention    
  • Basic fundamentals
  • Improving the process (attacking waste)    
  • Gathering data and preparing charts
  • The 7 statistical tools    
  • X bar and R charts (setting control limits)

Measurement System Analysis (MSA) (1-day class) CEU Credits: 0.7

If measurements are used to guide decisions, then it follows logically that the more error there is in the measurements, the more error there will be in the decisions based on those measurements. The purpose of Measurement System Analysis is to qualify a measurement system for use by quantifying its accuracy, precision, and stability. Content includes:

  • Over-correction/tampering
  • Understanding your measurement system
  • Basic concepts of gage analysis

Problem Solving, Root Cause Analysis and Reporting Methods (1-day class) CEU Credits: 0.7

Root cause analysis and problem-solving tools are presented and demonstrated in this session. Both internal (yield issues) and external (warranty, field failure, customer complaint) problems are introduced in the manner they are typically encountered. Teams use these tools to identify, analyze and solve the issues and determine root cause. Understanding is gained through practical hands-on exercises using the tools listed below. Problems are introduced to demonstrate the typical formats for reporting the findings, applying solutions and corrections such as Global 8-D. Tools covered include:

  • 5-Whys    
  • Brainstorming
  • Cause and effect    
  • Process mapping and analysis
  • Scatter diagram

Risk Management Using FMEA (2-day class) CEU Credits: 1.4


This training will orient participants to the steps of Risk Management using  the tool of Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) to define, manage, and reduce risks. Processes also used in this training include brainstorming, creating SIPOCs, and creating  Process Flowcharts to help in the understanding, and analasys of the  process. The training addresses each step of doing a FMEA, with exercises designed to ensure maximum understanding of both Design FMEA and Process FMEA. The first day of this program includes training on tools used when doing an FMEA, how to do an FMEA, and exercises to re-inforce understanding. Day two involves having each company select a process to do a PFMEA on with instructed guidance. The processes selected are taken through the process taught, beginning with SIPOC and flowchart, sharing each phase with the group. In this environment, each companys FMEA is partially finished by the end of the second day.


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pdaFor more information on MMTC's Core Tools program, contact us at 888-414-6682 or via email at inquiry@mmtc.org.