how to prepare your qc inspection report

You may already have seen our infographic explaining how a random inspection works, if so, you’ll see that it is a good introduction to these inspections. Now, the next step is learning how to report the results in a QC … Continue reading

How to set up a Receiving Inspection

I have written extensively about pre-shipment inspections (before, during, or after production), always from the perspective of the buyer checking what a supplier is doing; but I noticed that I haven’t covered what’s known as a receiving inspection (also called incoming … Continue reading

Off-Site QC VS In-Factory QC

Is there ever a situation where you’d want your product inspection to be performed away from your Chinese supplier’s factory? Yes! We’ll explain your options in Off-Site QC VS In-Factory QC.

How To Conduct Stricter QC Inspections, Aside From Lowering The AQL_

Buyers often ask us, how to do stricter QC inspections with some of their suppliers in China or Vietnam. There are 5 tips that we can offer if you’re in this situation:

Surgical Mask Inspections_ Our QC Checklist [Free Download]

These days, many companies are buying surgical masks due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak without knowing much about that type of product. Are you in that situation? If so, here is a generic quality control checklist that we use for … Continue reading

At Sofeast, we have been going to Chinese factories on behalf of our clients since 2006. We have never had to face a situation of rapidly spreading disease, entire cities locked down, and all factories adopting stringent security measures. We … Continue reading

How To Bring In Quality Inspectors Without Upsetting Suppliers

Many buyers are fed up with quality issues that went unnoticed and ended up being shipped out, and they know something needs to change. One obvious way to contain issues is to bring in quality inspectors to check product quality … Continue reading

what is the AQL

What Does AQL Mean? ‘AQL‘ stands for ‘Acceptance Quality Limit‘, and is defined as the “quality level that is the worst tolerable” in ISO 2859-1. It represents the maximum number of defective units, beyond which a batch is rejected. Importers … Continue reading

Why Checking Quality During Loading Is A Bad Idea

In this post, I’m going to address whether checking quality during loading, if it’s even possible to do it at that time, is a good idea. I don’t think so, and here’s why…

What is an inspection level in ISO 2859-1 and ANSI_ASQ Z1.4_

This article introduces the different options available to buyers when it comes to the representation of product inspection findings. Inspection level II (under “normal severity”) is appropriate for most random quality inspections. But it is sometimes necessary to increase–or reduce–the … Continue reading