26 January 2017
The industry network APQP4Wind has established a set of new common standards for quality assurance in the production of wind turbines which will be of mutual benefit to the customers and the industry.
The official go-live of the new APQP4Wind manual, website and coming training courses was marked by a kick-off event hosted by the Danish Wind Industry.
The participants got introduced to how this new wind-specific quality assurance initiative will influence the way manufacturers and suppliers will cooperate to ensure efficient quality planning, transparency in production processes and simplification of demands to eliminate production errors and thereby bring down costs.
Kim Schmidt Petersen, QHSE Manager at KK Wind Solutions says: "We are very pleased to have been a part of the creation of the APQP4Wind Manual".
The standardisation that this manual is providing, is an enabler for a common alignment of the needed activities at all levels e.g. alignment on special product and process characteristics.
We have started using the APQP4Wind tools, on selected pilot projects together with Vestas and SWP and clearly see benefits e.g. the alignment in the early stages of the projects with the APQP Kick off. It has become more accepted to challenge each other, which is naturally done in a good and constructive manner.
Image: As one of the initiators and project partners, KK Wind Solutions participated in the APQP4Wind kick-off event, which took place on January 25th at Vestas, Aarhus.
The APQP4Wind initiative should be seen as a preventive approach. When we know the specification, the associated critical parameters and the expectations then we have a much better foundation to fulfil and exceed expectations. This will benefit not only the customer but also the supplier cooperation.
Furthermore by doing this, we strongly believe that over time we can agree on a “Seal of approval once qualified”-approach and skip or reduce the use of third party audits on projects, because we have an industry approved process that we can document.
For further information please see the APQP4Wind home page here.
Industry joins forces on quality assurance