For many organizations suppliers are responsible for significant part of the product/service development and manufacturing. It makes eminent sense to make suppliers integral to the overall product development and manufacturing readiness. In practice, however, integrating suppliers into the product development program has been hard since the same silos that exist between different functional areas in the organization are even more pronounced in the case of the supply chain. The situation below is not uncommon.
Supplier Product Development Process as a Sub-process of Overall Product Development Program
ZFlow provides a very effective and unique concept with sub-processes. Supplier product development process can be designed as a sub-process of the overall product development program. If multiple suppliers are part of the product development program each supplier can have their own sub-processes improving security and coordination of the overall program.
Supplier PPAP Process
Supplier Production Part Approval Process is another way to get suppliers involved seamlessly as part of the overall product development process.