Most manufacturers have understood that placing inspectors at the end of the line is not the right way (or, at least, not sufficient) to manage quality. The key is to improve processes and to catch issues as close to their source as possible.
But, in practice, when it comes to checking quality during the manufacturing process, what are the most common options? And how to schedule them based on work orders issued by the factory’s planning system?
Many buyers tend to focus on the final pre-shipment inspection only. However, there are many other inspection touch points along the production cycle, and even after shipping.
I’ve listed the 5 most common types of QC inspections that can or should be conducted in this post. If you aren’t running these, perhaps you can consider it…
If you import products from low-cost Asia (China, but also Vietnam or India), you need to take steps to increase the odds that you receive high quality production batches. It means you work with the right companies, you set the right standards, and your standards are strictly adhered to.
In our last article, we listed the major differences between a supplier audit and a quality inspection.
Well, there are also many similarities, some of them obvious and some others less so. Keep reading to see 8 of them…