The Best Control Plan Excel Template

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Key inputs include the PFMEA and a list of critical-to-quality (CTQ) requirements.

Streamlined control plan template
Control Plan Template

Header Block

Header information
Reference Number / RevThis is for the control plan itself – control plans can change, independent of drawing specifications. It is important to maintain revision control and to ensure that the lates revision is being used everywhere.
Revision DateRevision date for the control plan itself.
Part NumberEngineering drawing or part number that contains the relevant specifications.
Approval BlocksAt a minimum, engineering and manufacturing responsible parties should sign off on the control plan. This will prevent confusion in the future, should quality issues arise.

The header information at the top includes the following information –

Process Name / Operation

First three columns

The first three columns describe the process step, along with any special requirements –

Ref #Normally links back to the process step # in the process flow chart.
Process NameNote what is happening during this process step.
Safety or CTQ?Keep any special notations in this column relative to criticality. Safety or critical-to-quality specifications are the top priority in any control plan.

Specifications and Controls

The Specifications and Controls section includes –

Specification / ToleranceNote the engineering specification, as stated on the drawing, along with the tolerance.
Evaluation / MeasurementThis is the method for measuring or otherwise evaluating the product/process to ensure that the specification is met.
Sampling RequirementHow frequently the measurement will take place. Sampling requirements are usually time based (i.e. once per hour) or quantity based (i.e. once per 500 units).
Control MethodThis column summarizes how the process is controlled, in order to deliver an in-specification result for the given spec.

Reaction Plan

The reaction plan describes what must happen if an out-of-specification condition is found. This is about containing the situation to ensure that defective product does not reach the customer. The depth of the containment plan depends on the severity of the defect. Example: an out-of-specification CTQ would result in a more thorough containment plan than a non-CTQ.

Related: Control Plan Training PPT and Control Plan Overview