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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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