With decreasing product life cycle and time-to-market, the challenge to deliver quality products on-time increases. If a product is found not to meet the appropriate quality specifications for the marketplace – either after or late in the production stage – the result can be loss of product and revenues, delayed shipment or wasted materials, and the potential risk of a product recall.
A third party inspection is the verification of product quality to pre-identified quality specifications before, during and/or after the production process. Prior to the manufacturing process, raw materials can be inspected to identify if the materials themselves meet specifications. During the manufacturing process, products are inspected at the factory to verify that quality requirements and specifications are being met. After production, goods can be inspected prior to loading and unloading to verify that the approved final product is shipped and received according to the buyer’s requirements. Inspections throughout the various stages of production can help both buyers and manufacturers monitor that quality requirements for the product are being met and support on-time delivery of quality products.
A third party inspection program can assist your company to:
1. Strengthen and protect your brand image and reputation
2. Improve performance of suppliers and product quality to minimise the risk of product loss, rejects, charge backs and recalls
3. Drive continued improvement of quality systems and performance to benefit both the buyer and producer
4. Protect sales revenue by helping to prevent late shipments, poor quality, wasted materials or empty shelves
Different types of inspections:
Raw Material Incoming: This is an inspection of raw materials prior to production to verify that the quality specifications for materials are being met. Early in the production process, this inspection can help minimise wasted time, material costs and delayed shipment if specifications are not being met.
Initial Production: With many production processes, much of the production set up is done at the front end to allow the review of product quality requirements before mass production begins. Verifying first run quality requirements can help product consistency and minimise wasted time, scrap product, rework and shipping delays.
During Production: This inspection validates the initial production process has been maintained and that goods being produced continue to meet quality requirements. In the case of new raw materials, new operators, production lines or specification changes, this service can assess if requirements are being met during production.
Final Random: This inspection takes place prior to shipment and assesses whether final product meets all quality specifications (i.e. colour, workmanship, label, function, fit, packaging of product, etc.) and can be shipped without delay. The objective of this inspection is to identify any quality defects that would prevent shipment of inadequate product.
Loading / Unloading: This inspection provides witness to the loading and unloading of product to verify that only the inspected and approved final product is shipped and received according to the buyers’ requirements.
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