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Over the past year and a half, Siemens Wind Power and Vestas Wind Systems have been working closely together on a common project along with their closest suppliers. APQP4WIND has matured to the point where the parties involved are ready to unveil how the new standards will be deployed across the industry.

By putting emphasis on quality planning and assurance rather than just quality control, APQP4WIND will help to eliminate errors and thereby lower costs. The new quality standards are focused on quality assurance early in the production process to systematically reduce production-related defects in the final product (the wind turbine). The pivotal part of the project is a manual developed by Siemens Wind Power, Vestas Wind Systems, KK Wind Solutions and LM Wind Power. The manual defines common standards and best practices on how to plan and execute quality management in wind turbine production. The goal is that with the APQP4Wind manual in hand, and the right amount of training, the new quality standards can be used as the common frame of reference in the industry, so the production processes become more streamlined and quality management becomes more transparent.

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