Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), 4th Edition

The Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), 4th Edition manual will be released on March 1, 2006. The PPAP manual defines requirements for the production part approval process, as defined by Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors. It has been updated to align with the automotive “process approach”.

The new PPAP manual includes the following changes:

  • Alignment of PPAP to the ISO/TS 16949:2002 process approach
  • Relocation of Customer Specific Instructions to appropriate Web sites to provide more current requirements
  • Update of Truck OEM requirements and moved to Appendix H
  • Revised Part Submission Warrant (PSW)
  • Updated specific PPAP requirements, including:

1. Materials reporting and polymeric identification requirements in the design record
2. Process capability index usage (Cpk and Ppk)
3. The definition and approval catalog parts and definition of black box parts

  • Modified customer notification and submission requirements to align with OEM requirements
  • Clarified and communized Appendices C, D, and E to match the PPAP reporting requirements
  • Revised Tire Appendix to allow OEM specification of applicability and to eliminate duplications with allowances already provided in the PPAP requirements
  • Reorganized and updated Appendix F to stress the importance of the Bulk Materials Checklist
  • Revised Glossary to be consistent with the updates in the text

The Production Part Approval Process, Fourth Edition is exclusively available from the Automotive Action Group (AIAG) at a price of $20 for members and $60 for non-members. To purchase, visit the AIAG Online Store or call AIAG customer service at 248-358-3003.