Adrian and Renaud go through what makes a good QA auditing and inspection program for innovative new electro-mechanical products that will reduce risks of poor quality, reliability, and compliance issues, and detect them in time for them to be worked on before anything is shipped. Unless you are producing simple products or working with a supplier who is very experienced in manufacturing the exact product type you’re developing, you will very likely require some form of QA program like this.

It’s split into 5 points: 1-3 cover the preparation of the product and process design, then 4-5 are after the product starts mass production. Listen and explore what needs to happen to power up your product quality!


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Episode sections

  • 00:00 – Greetings and introduction
  • 01:37 – Why do you need a QA auditing and inspection program?
  • 06:53 – #1. A DFM review of some components (especially custom-designed).
  • 10:50 – #2. A quality system audit of suppliers’ factories.
  • 18:00 – Are market surveillance authorities scrutinising product compliance more than before?
  • 21:13 – #3. Production line preparation audit at the assembly factory.
  • 28:46 – #4. A product inspection during the pilot run(s).
  • 33:12 – #5. Final product inspections during and after production.
  • 41:09 – Wrapping up.


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