A master sample is a product that has been manufactured for the first time under series production conditions. Sampling, i.e. the testing of components or complete products for compliance with specified product properties, with initial samples is called initial sample testing. This initial sampling is particularly common in the automotive industry and is governed by regulations such as PPF/PPAP and IATF 16949 (formerly ISO/TS 16949).
In this SoftGuide section, you will find an overview of templates, forms, software, and solutions related to the topic of initial sample inspection reports (EMPB). The initial sample inspection report for carrying out initial sample inspection in accordance with VDA (German Association of the Automotive Industry) is an important component of quality management in the automotive industry and plays a significant role in the sampling process for the acceptance of produced parts before the start of series production. The EMPB is used to document results on initial samples prior to the start of series production in accordance with various specifications. The U.S. equivalent of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to the EMPB is called PPAP (Production Part Approval Process).
The software supports the processing of the sampling procedure, offers different form combinations and helps to create and manage initial sample inspections and initial sample reports, PPF reports (Production Process and Product Release) and PPAP reports (Production Part Approval Process). The software also helps with forms from the VDA 2 brochure and QS 9000 requirements.