Quality issues often occur because the manufacturer has no control plan, the buyer has not defined good product specifications, and the factory’s internal QC & testing processes are inadequate. When consulting you, Sofeast’s experienced supplier quality engineers and technicians help solve all of these problems and keep them from reoccurring by fixing them at the root.
What is the quality assurance consulting solution?
Your quality risks are reduced by our supplier quality engineers and technicians in a preventive manner. More consistent quality comes from processes that are in better control. In the end, it means lower costs and fewer unexpected delays for you.
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Process flow chart + FMEA
Checking fixtures, gauges, and testing stations
Correction management, corrective action management
Why choose it?
Consulting from supplier quality engineers is invaluable if quality issues (and the delays they trigger) are expensive for your company.
This is mostly a preventive approach – ensuring the systems are in place before things can slip out of control.
Type of factory it’s suitable for?
Any factory that does not have a strong quality engineering function (which means 98% of Chinese factories), and those that do have the right competencies, but don’t put forward sufficient resources to your orders.
Note that we have particular expertise, as well as proprietary audit checklists, for the following processes:
- General assembly & packing
- Plastic injection molding; rubber molding
- Electronics (PCBA)
- Battery cells & packs production
- General metal machining (milling, lathe, EDM cutting…)
- Die casting; forging
- Cut & sew for garments & bags
- Wood machining for furniture
What activities make up this service?
Our involvement is often a mix of on-site work (together with the manufacturers’ staff) and office work (following up, reviewing documents and videos…).
Some clients like to have our auditors come back every 6-12 months and, as part of their work, check if the systems we have put in place are still effective. This is a good way of keeping pressure on the manufacturer and avoiding regression.
How is it reported?
The type of report is often standard (checklist, process flowchart, FMEA, control plan, corrective action plan, 8D problem solving process…). Sometimes the deliverable itself is what suits best the needs of the situation (e.g. a work instruction in the form of a video).
How much does Quality Assurance consulting cost?
We start with your needs and suggest the most appropriate approach. We give a quotation depending on the competencies needed and the location of the factory/ies.
Many such projects are quoted 850 USD per man-day + expenses for a senior engineer. If you only need a technician, pricing is lower.
Sofeast's expertise in many products, materials, and processes benefits you
You need to know that your quality assurance consultant understands and is experienced with your products, materials, and production processes.
Sofeast’s quality, engineering, and supply chain experts have cumulative decades of experience in developing, producing, and testing products in China and Asia. So when we go into your, or your supplier’s, factory, you know that our staff are seasoned and can fully understand your needs and the situation that they see before them.
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