3P is the abbreviation for the Production Preparation Process. Typically 3P is facilitated as a 3-5 day event, depending on the scope of the new production process.
The Production Preparation Process is perhaps the most effective means to bring a cross-functional team together to rapidly design a production process with the equipment layout, specifications and installation plan. A 3P event ensures production capability, built-in quality, productivity and Takt-Flow-Pull by allowing the team to evaluate multiple production and equipment layout scenarios.
3P focuses on eliminating waste in the design stage, thereby preventing waste and minimizing needed resources, including capital, tooling, space, inventory and time.