With its Enhancement Package 3 for SAP ERP 6.0, SAP offers two new applications for quality management processes. The Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Control Plan create a fully closed-loop system for quality optimization in industrial companies that use SAP ERP. This ensures IT-based systematic and proactive defect prevention throughout the entire product lifecycle. Faulty components in machines and vehicles can lead to recalls, which are expensive and damage the manufacturer’s image. That’s why high-quality products are a key competitive factor for companies in the automotive, high-tech, and mechanical and plant engineering sectors. Particularly for safetyrelated components like braking systems and airbags or medical devices such as endoscopes, seamless and comprehensively documented quality and risk management is a must. Manufacturers in the automotive industry demand their suppliers employ an APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) system in accordance with the international quality standard ISO/TS 16949, while manufacturers of medical devices are bound by the DIN EN ISO 14971 standard.  www.sap.com