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Technology Qualification Program Integrated with Product Development Process

Volume 11, Number 1, January 2015 - Paper 1 - pp. 3-1


Department of Production and Quality Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, NORWAY

(Received on February 06, 2014, Revised.September11, 2014)


For high-reliability applications such as the subsea oil and gas industry, it is necessary to assure that new products have the required quality and reliability before they are put into operation. To provide such assurance, some industries have implemented a technology qualification program (TQP) to reduce the uncertainty for new products development. Several TQP approaches have been proposed, but no approach has yet been generally accepted. Some producers have merged seemingly attractive features from different TQP approaches, but this has not always given a practical and cost-efficient approach. This paper evaluates and highlights important features of existing TQPs, and based on the findings combined with a thorough literature survey proposes a new approach that aims to rectify some weaknesses of the existing approaches.


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