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Greg Gruska

Greg Gruska, Dave Watkins and a group of 15 Omnex consultants helped an Aerospace OEM launch APQP and PPAP in 2004 for a high risk new series of commercial jets with fly by wire and major composite elements. Each high risk work product supplied was developed using DFMEA/PFMEA and with complete PPAPs. This was a pioneering effort. Greg was on the writing committees of the MSA, SPC and FMEA manuals associated with Aerospace and Automotive APQP and PPAP standards.


Dan Reid

R. Dan Reid, Omnex Director of Standards and a Principal Consultant, was a member of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) Guideline and also worked on the Chrysler, Ford. GM Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, Production Part Approval Process and APQP manuals. He is perhaps best known globally as an author and member of the technical committees for ISO Technical Specification (TS) 16949, ISO 9001:2000, QS-9000, as well as for the first ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA). He represented General Motors on the Supplier Quality Requirements Task Force, who sanctioned the development of the Core Tools Manuals, and was also the first Delegation Leader for the International Automotive Task Force (IATF).


Dave Watkins

An executive and principal consultant for Omnex since 1995, in 2008 Dave started working with a large jet engine manufacturer on its initial PPAP effort; subsequently this process and protocol has been adopted by all of this global organization’s aerospace member companies. Omnex continues its work helping this organization and their suppliers meet their APQP and PPAP needs. Dave Watkins is currently Executive Vice President & Director of International Operations and over the years has worked in a wide variety of industries implementing APQP and PPAP and transforming New Product Development processes.

Can you describe the difference between CPk and PPk. If CPk and PPk indices are the same, what does it indicate? When they are different what do they indicate? When they are different what do they indicate? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What is the rationale for not including more measurement uncertainty guidance from NIST GUM manual or the works of Don Wheeler?
[ Gregory F. Gruska ]
How close to the original versions (first edition) are the new versions? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What are the biggest pitfalls in using MSA? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What are the biggest pitfalls in using SPC? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What made this OEM consider APQP & PPAP? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What was the understanding of APQP & PPAP with Aerospace OEMs and suppliers? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What was the biggest stumbling block with the supply base? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]
What was the biggest obstacle in Design? [ Gregory F. Gruska ]​
This is 10 years later, you and Omnex are still doing workshops on FMEA and PPAP in Aerospace suppliers, correct?
[ Gregory F. Gruska ]
Dave Watkins, you helped create the training and helped develop a PPAP standard for one of the world’s largest Aerospace companies in 2009. Explain what the experience was? [ Dave Watkins (Coming soon)]
Why did this manufacturer accept PPAP as a global standard? What would you do differently? [ Dave Watkins (Coming soon)]
You have been working with them for the last 9 years? What has been accomplished? What is left to do? [ Dave Watkins (Coming soon)]

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