Manufacturing troubleshooting brings the right Sofeast experts into your supplier’s site to manage issues such as ballooning costs, late delivery, and quality problems. We will diagnose the source, stop it from happening, and put in place measures to prevent it from happening again.
This is particularly useful if you’re unable to be hands-on with your supplier in China, as the first you may know of serious production issues is when they’ve already begun to affect you negatively.
Learn more about how we find and improve production issues for you
What is Sofeast’s manufacturing troubleshooting solution?
If you feel the need for someone to coordinate your projects for you and push the suppliers where needed, our project managers can step in and do this for you.
Here are a few examples of key production issues we can improve and how:
Late production & production capacity issues
Ballooning increase in production costs
Here is how the various roles in our company can help:
- Sofeast engineers diagnose the issue and provide guidance toward better performance.
- Our auditors come back at set intervals to ensure the solution is still in place and effective.
- Our inspectors also check product quality and confirm if there were improvements in that respect.
- Our project managers follow up on certain parts of the action plan, ‘push’ the manufacturer to implement changes and report on progress to you.
Why choose this solution?
If you are suffering from a supplier’s poor performance in terms of quality, cost, and/or timing, and if the factory staff accept external help, it makes sense to send experienced engineer(s) to assess the situation, suggest improvements, and provide guidance in order to implement them.
You can also read the QualityInspection.org supplier development blog post archive for more information.
Who is troubleshooting suitable for?
Any situation where the importer is in a long-term relationship with a manufacturer, and/or is suffering greatly from a painful situation.
On the factory’s side, we found that requests coming from a large customer are always better attended to than those from smaller customers.
What activities make up this solution?
Firstly, we go on site and observe the processes and the situation in general.
If the issue is well-known and the fix is pretty straightforward, our engineer can make suggestions and set up an action plan (to be approved by yourself and the manufacturer), and then we can provide technical guidance on how to apply the plan. We report progress to our client.
If the issue is relatively complex (e.g. several distinct problems to approach separately, or disagreement among the factory staff on what the issue really is), it usually makes sense to spend more time at the “plan” stage before going into the “do” and “check” stages. Getting the buy-in, not only on the issue but also on the action plan, from the people who will work on the solution is critical.
Generally speaking, our engineers tend to follow the 8D Problem Solving Process when tackling your issues:
How is it reported?
The initial ‘diagnostic’ is reported in detail, with photos, comments, and data where possible.
Once an improvement project is underway, reporting usually comes in the form of updates to the action plan (what tasks are in progress, have been done, etc.) and in the business results (e.g. the number of good pieces per day, first-pass yield, etc.).
How much does it cost?
For complex issues, daily cost ranges from 425 USD + expenses for a junior engineer to 850 USD + expenses per for a senior engineer.
For relatively simple issues, prices can often be lower.
Sofeast’s expertise in many products, materials, and processes benefits you
You need to know that your project manager from Sofeast 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.
Explore products that we’re expert in
You can tap into and see our experience in numerous common product types by visiting the products that we’re expert in page.
Explore the materials and processes that we’re experienced in
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Get more information about manufacturing troubleshooting in these resources
- Why Chinese Factories Don’t Get Better: Constant Fire Fighting
- No Process Improvement Action Plan in Chinese Factories? Why?
- Quality Auditor vs Consultant For Suggesting Factory Improvements
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Ultimate Guide To Sourcing From China And Developing Your Suppliers
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