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How to set up a Receiving Inspection: Checklist, Procedure, Reporting form

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

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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.

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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

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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…

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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

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Quality Control Plan: Defining Expectations Before Production

A quality control plan is the document that lists all the quality-related checkpoints to be passed during/after a production run. Depending on the situation, it can include process, product, or legal checkpoints. Getting this document approved is an essential step … Continue reading

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How to Arrange Supplier Self Inspections for QC

Supplier self inspections, rather than sending in external quality inspectors, are becoming increasingly important for today’s buyers. In certain cases, it makes a lot of sense to stop sending employees to check if a supplier has done a good job. … Continue reading

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How Much Does a Quality Inspection in China cost?

Understanding the cost of QC inspections in China Some importers get to talk about their project for some time, see where we would help them, and finally (almost as an afterthought) ask: “How much does a quality inspection in China … Continue reading

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Beware! QC inspections based on AQL & random sampling have limits

I wrote many times that QC inspections before shipment are a good way of keeping quality problems where they belong: In the factory. Quality control inspections are a good tool. But pointing out their limits is important. Misinterpreting their reliability is very easy.

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