If you are getting your products from overseas, quality control and inspection service is a major concern. You want to be sure that you will receive the best value of your money. At EJET, we have a team of inspectors who will ensure that the product meets your quality standards.
The quality control process will ensure that the supplier doesn’t compromise on the quality of the products.
The quality of the final supply must match what was promised with the sample.
Chapter 1 Benefits of Quality Control And Inspection Service
a. Customer satisfaction
The first and foremost function of quality inspection is to make sure that the customer is satisfied with the products. It’s a simple rule: the better the quality of your products, the more satisfied your customer will be. It goes without saying that a happy customer will bring you more business.
So, quality control can ensure the customer’s satisfaction at the maximum.
b. Saving resources
people believe that quality control and inspection service is essential for customers only. However, this is not the case. Regular quality controls can help us reduce the number of defects and inferior products.
So, we can use our resources more effectively as nothing will be wasted.
c. Improving production techniques
Through regular quality checks, we can track the common issues in the production method. So, we target the root cause. This is a two-fold benefit. First, it helps us ensure a consistent standard of quality. Second, the time for production decreases. Therefore, we can commit quality standards to more customers without worrying about anything going wrong.
The quality inspection helps us to ensure consistency for all the products and services. So, all the customers get a uniform quality that meets excellent standards.
e. Lower cost
Quality control helps to reduce the resources spent on defected products. As a result, the overall production cost decreases. This translates to a lower cost for our customers too.
For all these benefits, we make sure to implement quality checks throughout. We have the following steps to ensure quality:
During Production Inspection
Container Loading Inspection
Now, let’s discuss each of these in detail.
Chapter 2 Pre-production Inspection
a. What is a Pre-production inspection?
Pre-production Inspection is the first of the four types of quality control methods. A pre-production inspection is done before the production process even begins. This is not used much but it has many benefits. The basic purpose is to ensure that the supplier is clear about the requirements of the order and has all the materials ready.
b. What are the benefits of Pre-production inspection?
A round of inspection before the production process begins is necessary to ensure the final quality standards. It allows us to have a clear insight into the production schedule. We can also anticipate any issues that could result in defects or inferior products.
Another benefit of this level of inspection is that it will help to minimize any lack of communication between the client and buyer.
Pre-production inspection will also help to assess the quantity as well as the quality of the raw materials available. Then, they are matched with the product specifications to see whether they conform or not.
As the buyer, we can also determine if the supplier is trying to substitute cheaper materials to reduce his own costs.
Overall, Pre-production inspection will discuss timelines, shipping dates as well as the quality expectation. It helps to reduce additional costs due to defective products. In this stage, any suspected issues are resolved before they show in the final product as a defect. In the long run, this helps to save money and time of both the buyer and the supplier.
c. What are the limitations of this step?
Obviously, this process has its limitations too. For example, some factories try to cheat by running a short production that produces good quality. After it meets the customers’ expectations, they may use cheaper materials for the rest of the process.
Despite this, it is a vital step and must not be ignored. It gives us peace of mind that everything is going according to our expectations.
Chapter 3 During Production Inspection
a. What is during production inspection?
During Production Inspection is the second step of ensuring quality in the production process. As the name indicates, this control is applied while the production process is already underway. This process is also abbreviated as DUPRO.
b. What are the benefits of during production inspection?
Most people fail to realize the importance of During Production Inspection. They don’t know that inspecting the goods after they are finished can be too late to fix anything. At EJET, we make no compromise on quality. So, this process is an essential part of maintaining quality standards.
This process is vital for products that take a long time in the production process. Furthermore, products that have to meet high expectations and strict requirements must undergo this check.
These quality checks are conducted when only 10-15% of the product is produced. It checks for deviations and provides feedback about everything. The inspector will also focus on issues that are causing a slower speed than expected. If the speed is slower, it can push the delivery date. So, this step makes sure that everything is going according to the plan.
At this stage, the inspector will prepare a lengthy report to inform us about everything related to production. The inspector can also include a picture to give thorough detail about the process.
In case something is not according to the expectations, the inspector will stop the process and make sure that it gets fixed. Otherwise, the issue may show in the entire product.
Basically, the inspector will serve as the buyer’s eyes and ears during production. If problems are not identified during this step, they will translate into defected products. Reordering and reproducing the batch of products will take the same amount of time as everything will have to start from scratch. Also, the costs of production will be high. This will result in inexpensive products.
So, whichever angle you view it from, During Production Inspection is a major part of the process. Some people underestimate its importance by claiming that it slows down the overall speed. However, they fail to give due importance to their benefits.
To sum up, this step improves the production process and quality control and inspection service of the final product.
c. What are the don’ts during production inspection?
If the inspector tries to be ‘over-efficient’ by checking too early, he will be jeopardizing the concept of this process. It aims to assess the quality of the products as they represent the entire process. In other words, the sample should represent the population.
Checking too early in the process doesn’t fulfill this requirement. This is because the first few products won’t be representative of the actual quality. Usually, they are worse.
It is obvious from the name that checking too late is disadvantageous too. We shouldn’t wait till half of the product is produced before taking it in for inspection. Otherwise, if there is any defect, that will mean that half of the supply will defect.
So, this loses the essence of quality control.
d. What does ‘during production inspection’ check?
This process can check multiple things. First of all, it will look at the obvious, visual defects in the sample. It will also assess the quantity, assembly, and aesthetic of the produced sample to ensure that everything is according to the buyer’s will.
At EJET, we make sure that we don’t fall prey to the limitations of these processes and make the best out of them.
Chapter 4 Final Inspection: Quality Control and Inspection Service
a.What is the final inspection?
This is a part of the manufacturing process in which inspection is performed at the last stage. It tests whether the product meets the buyer’s demands or not.
For this quality control, the products should be finished and ready for sampling. It is performed before the goods are sent out of the factory.
Obviously, timing plays a key role in this type of inspection. If anything is wrong and there is no time to fix it, there was no need for the quality check.
Moreover, if the products are part of an urgent shipment, this inspection can be done a few hours before delivery. Obviously, this is not an ideal case as the inspector doesn’t have the time to prepare a comprehensive report. In case there are major issues, there is no time to fix them.
Therefore, this process must be conducted a few days before the final delivery. Overall, it is the most common and widely used inspection method.
Final Inspection is also known as pre-shipment inspection.
b. What are the benefits of final inspection?
In this process, a team of inspectors will do a final check-over. For example, we are controlling the quality of a cosmetics product. In this case, we will check for any surface defects such as scratches. If the product passes this point, it is sent off to packaging where it is sealed in packets and sent out.
The purpose of this phase is to assess both the quality and quantity of the products. For some industries, the final inspection report is necessary as it has to measure whether the product fulfills all the safety requirements or not.
We make sure to give this step its due importance. Otherwise, it will incur costs for both our client and the supplier. It is always better to fix something on the supplier’s end. Otherwise, the buyer can simply refuse the product. If the supplier has to ship the product back from there to fix it, this will be more costly.
If this step is ignored, it will result in losses for both the supplier and the buyer. So, this is one of the most essential steps that should not be ignored.
c. What is checked during this phase?
All the specs and features of the products are reviewed. Usually, the inspector uses a checklist given by the buyer. So, the inspector will gather information to provide a review to the buyer based on them.In this step, the inspector will also keep an eye on visual defects. He will count the number of defects and compare them to predefined limits. If the product passes the standard quality measures, only then it will be released. Only the QA manager or QC Inspector can pass the pr