Sofeast offers a full range of product inspection solutions throughout the production process on-site at your supplier’s facility in China or throughout Asia. Each inspection is tailored to your product, requirements, and comes with a set cost.

If you struggle with inconsistent quality, a product inspection at your supplier’s factory will help you by catching issues before production is complete or, worse, is shipped. Our inspector’s subsequent QC report will give you detailed information about your product quality that enables you to put the quality issues right before any bad batches can reach you.

Sofeast’s quality inspection team offer the following types of product inspection solutions that appear on this page for most consumer goods (electronics, garments, toys, furniture…) and many mechanical products (for automotive or industrial use).

Product Inspection Comparison

This is a comparison of some of our product inspections. You can choose the one(s) you feel are most aligned with your needs, or discuss them with us and get our recommendation.

sofeast product inspection comparison chart

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production monitoring reporting (PMR)

Production Monitoring & Reporting (PMR)

Solution cost 299 USD per man-day Get a quote
 
What is a PMR?
Your Sofeast quality technician will stay at your supplier’s factory during production and offer detailed feedback about progress, cases of subcontracting, production quality, and catch problems as early as possible so they can be tackled early on.

Why choose it?
If a large and sensitive production run is under way and you want to keep it under tight control, the PMR will keep you informed and on top of any issues.

When is the PMR conducted?
The PMR usually runs from the start to finish of the production job. Or only during some of the production processes.

We check:
– For defects.
– If your specifications are respected on products and labelling and packaging.
– If your guidelines on the way to conduct production are in place.
– Conduct function and safety tests.
– Follow up on how the manufacturer repairs rejects and how they prevent the same problems in the following days.

How do we report to you?
A daily report will be sent to you, with production progress monitored with simple project management tools (steps and dates, completion vs, forecast, etc.). For complex projects, a Gantt chart will be created.

How much does an PMR cost?
We charge 299 USD per man-day in major areas of China, India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam (and extra travel expenses apply in other places). Depending on the length and location, a rebate might be considered.

Inspection during production (DPI)

Inspection During Production (DPI)

Solution cost from 299 USD per man-day Get a quote
 
What is a DPI?
Sofeast’s quality technician inspects components, semi-finished, and/or finished products during their production run in order to give yourself and your supplier feedback on production quality, and find and solve problems early on.

Why choose it?
If you are not 98% sure the production & quality staff in the factory are (1) aware of your quality standard and (2) capable of producing consistently to that standard, a DPI will give them feedback so they can correct if necessary. And you will know about serious issues, and revise your plans, much earlier.

When do we conduct it?
For many consumer goods, it is best to inspect the first finished products (as soon as they are completed) so any problems can be caught before they become widespread.
For industrial products, it is common to pay more attention to the processes at the start of production, and to the first article made.
In any case, checks are often made again later in the production run so consistent quality can be confirmed.
We also often pick up samples, since this is the right timing to pick samples for laboratory testing.

We check:
– For visual defects.
– If your specifications are respected on processes, products, labelling, and/or packaging.
– Product-specific checkpoints, including safety and function tests, as advised by our engineers.
– We apply the ISO 2859-1 standard where applicable.

How much does a DPI cost?
We charge 299 (consumer products) to 345 (technical products) USD per man-day in major areas of China, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh (and extra travel expenses apply in other places).

Final Random Inspection (FRI) Before Shipment

Final Random Inspection (FRI) Before Shipment

Solution cost from 299 USD per man-day Get a quote
 
What is a FRI?
Also commonly known as a 'pre-shipment inspection,' Sofeast’s quality technician confirms the quantity and average quality of a production batch before it is shipped out by counting cartons and randomly pulling out samples, and feeds back results to you in order to put you in a position to accept or reject the batch.

Why choose it?
If you are afraid of releasing payment and receiving a batch of products you can’t sell or use, you need a ‘last line of defense’ -- that’s the whole purpose of the FRI (Take a deep dive into its benefits in our Final Random Inspection infographic)

When do we conduct it?
It is usually conducted a few days days before the finished order is shipped, giving you time to decide and to request minor rework if needed.

We check:
– For visual defects.
– If the order falls within acceptable AQL limits.
– If your specifications are respected on products and labelling and packaging.
– Product-specific checkpoints: Safety and function tests, as advised by our engineers.
– We apply the ISO2859-1 (MIL-STD 105) standard to draw a representative sample for visual check.

How much does a FRI cost?
We charge 299 (consumer products) to 415 (technical products) USD per man-day in major areas of China, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh (and extra travel expenses apply in other places).

Full production check (FPC)

Full Production Check (FPC)

Solution cost 299 USD per man-day Get a quote
 
What is an FPC?
Sofeast’s quality technician will confirm the quantity and quality of a whole production batch (not based on random sampling) at your supplier’s facility before it is shipped out. It occurs in the factory so if there are issues found they can be put right immediately.

Why choose it?
Sometimes a supplier can’t present a batch of products that meets your market’s requirements, for various reasons. The only solution is to send technicians to check the full quantity, piece by piece.

How long does it take?
Once production is complete, the FPC generally takes place 2 to 8 days before shipping.

We check:
– For visual defects (often targeted at just a few defect types).
– If your specifications are respected on products, labelling, and/or packaging.
– Product-specific checkpoints, as advised by our engineers.

What do you need to agree with Sofeast before we begin?
– You should confirm with us if the products are to be checked for only one type of defect (faster), or for many (slower).
– Will the goods all be finished?
– Will the products be packed or not?
– Should the packing be checked?
– What happens to the refused goods?
– Should we re-check the products that are repaired by the factory?

How much does an FPC cost?
We charge 299 USD per man-day in major areas of China, Bangladesh, India, and Vietnam (and extra travel expenses apply in other places). Depending on the manpower needed and location, a rebate might be considered.

Packing and loading supervision (PLS)

Container Packing & Loading Supervision (PLS)

Solution cost 299 USD per man-day Get a quote
 
What is a PLS?
Sofeast’s quality technician confirms the order quantity and the type of packing used, and supervises the loading of your shipment in container(s) or truck(s).

Why choose it?
Unscrupulous suppliers might swap the products just before shipment. They might also make mistakes on the quantity declared, or on the way to load the goods. If you can’t afford to take these risks, send a technician at the time of loading.

When do we conduct it?
We send a technician(s) when 100% of a shipment is packed, and a few hours before the goods are loaded.

We check:
– We check a few products taken randomly (to detect dishonest behaviors).
– We count the number of pieces to ship (typically, by counting the number of cartons and/or pallets) and check the packing.
– We check the condition of the container(s) and/or the truck(s).
– We supervise the loading activity.

Is a PLS a final inspection?
No. A PLS is a complement to an FRI (Final Random Inspection), but it does not replace an FRI. The technician supervising the loading has no authority to stop it if he sees quality issues!

How much can be checked in one man-day?
We can usually check 2 containers in 1 man-day if they are loaded between 10:30am and 5:30 pm. This rule of thumb varies with the circumstances.

How much does a PLS cost?
We charge 299 USD per man-day in major areas of China, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh (and extra travel expenses apply in other places).

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*(Please note, the most convenient way to arrange your inspection is by using the Sofeast booking system.)

How does a typical Sofeast product inspection project work?

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Build A Strong Quality Assurance Policy [Webinar]

You should also join and watch this webinar sharing best practices about building a strong Quality Assurance policy of your own will also be very useful if you’re ready to get started with product inspections at your supplier’s factory in China or also other Asian countries:

Quality Assurance Policy For Importers In China Webinar

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