Product Development

GLCI follows the 5 step product development process designed to produce a “state gate” plan and timeline which will support the development, manufacture and launch of new products as well as product continuous improvement with significantly shorter implementation time. It is frequently referred to as the Advanced Program Quality Plan (APQP) and in early development of the process by Ford, GM and Chrysler (OEM originators) and the “Art to Part” descriptive was first used in describing the process. Variants of the process have been adopted by a majority of industry manufacturers as an ISO certified standard. Many benefits are realized in this approach including;

  • Reduce the complexity of product development for the customers and suppliers and provide a standardized method
  • A means for customers and Tier suppliers to easily communicate product development stages with a common method
  • Avoid design and product quality problems in a timely manner to minimize impact to all customers during the each stage gate
  • Increase success probability in meeting product targets/performance requirements
  • Improved communication/corrective actions throughout the product development stages at key stage gate milestone approval levels
  • Product launch as a feedback to lessons learned and drivers for continuous improvement
  • Management (Technical, sales/commercial, supply chain, manufacturing, quality and customer) approval points during development to the life cycle comprised of:
    1. Plan and Define Program: Determine team/resources, financial viability, and VOC input
    2. Product Design & Development:  Review engineering requirements and perform a feasibility analysis/optimization of product design concepts/alternatives
    3. Process Design & Development:  Establish an effective manufacturing system to produce and meet the product QC and QA specifications.
    4. Product & Process Validation:  Perform production trial runs to evaluate and validate
    5. Launch, Feedback, Assessment & Corrective Action: Evaluate the effectiveness of the plan through data analysis during and after launch for continuous improvement initiatives