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Payload

The term “Payload” represents user data exchanged during communication between two business partners.

Performance

Level of capability to deliver a specified or expected performance.

Piece production

Production of a single product, or according to repeated orders (i.e. workshop production).

PLANETS

Plant Location Analysis NETwork System

Planning techniques

Among other things, planning activities incorporate an analysis and optimisation of requirements, planning of procedures and deadlines. For this purpose, a number of techniques are available, e.g. actions plan (deadlines), bar charts (e.g. Gant diagram), net plan, and project structure plan and others.

Platform

Technical representation of an element at a random level of hierarchy (e.g. system, subsystem, hardware/software component) where a possibility exists to simply gain a similar solution through changes, parameterisation or derivation while retaining the significant characteristics.

Poka-Yoke

System (method) used to prevent an occurrence of unintentional failures, or their timely detection.

Practices

Applied working procedures.

Preventing nonconformity

Nonconformity prevention covers all actions taken to prevent (repeated) occurrence of the same nonconformity. A preventive action is a synonymous term. It is part of production process optimisation or major construction changes.

Prevention

Reference to a VDA publication (if the definition is specific to a particular publication, different from it, or complementary to an applicable standard): VDA volume 6.3.

Preventive action

DIN EN ISO 9000:2005. Reference to a VDA publication (if the definition is specific to a particular publication, different from it, or complementary to an applicable standard): VDA volume 6.2.

Procedure

DIN EN ISO 9000:2005. Reference to a VDA publication (if the definition is specific to a particular publication, different from it, or complementary to an applicable standard): VDA volume 6.1, VDA volume 6.2 .

Process

Set of interrelated or interacting activities which transform inputs into outputs.

Process Assessment Model

Extension of so-called Process Reference Model, the extension being related to the process dimension and adding aspects of experience/practice, specific notes and semi-finished products, and adding generic practices and resource to the capability dimension.

Process capability

Value of a statistic estimation of a final process output, the state of statistical control of which has been demonstrated.

Process reference model

The process reference model defines obligatory requirements for the process. In the process dimension, the model includes process ID (e.g. MAN 3), process classification, purpose and outcomes. In the capability dimension, the model incorporates maturity levels and process attributes.

Process requalification

see Requalification (defined in the standard)

Process/Procedure instructions

Process/procedure instructions represent a specific type of task which is necessary to meet defined activities related to quality. Such instructions are implemented according to defined rules (e.g. signature).

Product

Result of a process.

Product creation

Process incorporating all the activities from an initial design to production.

Product lifecycle

Phase of origin and use of a product until its final decommissioning.

Product Maturity Level

Level to what extent a product during design/development complies with the required status in a defined time.

Production

Manufacturing of products in production and/or assembly stages.

Programme

Executable part of software.

Project

Unique process, consisting of a set of coordinated and controlled activities with start and finish dates, undertaken to achieve an objective conforming to specific requirements, including the constraints of time, cost and resources.

Project management

Planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and reporting of all aspects of a project and the motivation of all those involved in it to achieve project objectives.

Project management (classic)

In its progress, a project is divided into individual stages so as to allow for timely identification of risks, and structured in larger segments so as to allow for an objective achievement to be monitored in individual milestones. The VDA volume stated below uses a prototype of the three-stage model.

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.

Prototype

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.

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