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Project plan

Project plan includes a costs, schedules with milestones and labour assignment plans. Project plan is a living document reflecting both the actual state of a project and the state the achievement of which is required. Such plan would usually contain requirements for process and product planning and design.


Sample manufactured exclusively with the equipment intended for series production and/or manufactured partially within the series production limits.

Prototype test report

The supplier’s competent authority uses the prototype test report to demonstrate results of initial sampling to the customer. The report describes products and materials manufactured entirely with the use of series production equipment, under series production conditions.

Prototype tests

Prototype tests cover dimensional, material, functional and other tests carried out on prototypes considering all the specifications approved between the supplier and the customer. For certain characteristics, a statistic assessment should be assumed and agreed upon, e.g. evidence of capability of machinery and processes.


Abbreviation of “Quality Data eXchange”. It is a standardised description of interface in the XML format which can be used to arrange a direct exchange of quality-relevant data between CAQ systems of business partners. The QDX was developed and defined in between 2002 and 2004 following an order by working group 7 of the VDA-QMC. It has been improved since then.

QM – methodology guideline

The QM – methodology guideline is a specific form of a task which is necessary to complete defined quality-related activities. The guideline is implemented according to defined principles (e.g. signature).


Degree to which a set of inherent characteristics fulfils requirements

Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

QFD (Quality Function Deployment) is a method (QM tool) developed in the 70's in Japan. It is used to identify customer requirements and their direct transformation into required technical specifications. The methodology is based on separating customer requirements (WHAT?) from technical product characteristics and functions (HOW?).

Quality management

Coordinated activities to direct and control an organisation with regard to quality.

Quality management system (QMS)

Management system to direct and control an organisation with regard to quality.

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