is one of the services most in demand by buyers in
This is due to the lack of quality standards as different qualities can often be found in the same production batch.
The main causes are due to the high mobility of personnel, many companies will exchange the staff according to the needs of the moment so there is a lack of skilled people.
The reduction of the profit in the production activities in China pushes Chinese companies to look for both sub-contractors and cheaper raw materials hence poor quality.
Sometimes it happens that a production is damaged due to unsuitable packaging, other times due to the fact that materials are still wet or not dried and packed with the consequent creation of mold during transportation, other times heavy goods are loaded on top of lighter goods with consequent damage to the underlying commodity.
There are thousands of problems caused from very elementary rules which factories do not follow because they are not checked from a company like us.
Our experience tells us that there must be a very vigilant Quality Control: The monitoring should be carried at all times, during all phases of work and not just at the beginning.
However, before undertaking business collaboration it would be advisable to make certain verifications in regards to the furnisher.
Several factors can be learnt from a visit. Visiting offices and production sites is important but it is even more important to evaluate real potential as well as good intentions.
More and more factories just disappear into thin air; perhaps after having participated to the fairs, having given competitive prices, after having received a down payment. We will be present on the place of production thus avoiding such problems.
In summary our services include:
Quality control of products
Packaging, storage, loading and transport
Monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements
Inform in advance about production problems and delays in delivery
Ensure that contractual obligations are met: specifications, packaging, marking and delivery
Identify problems before delivery
A full range of audit services for companies
Control during production
Final inspection sample
Inspection to container loading
An audit and evaluation performed according to the standard factory SA 8000 and supplemented as necessary by specific customer requirements.
All the important factors are taken into account such as quality system procedures, production capacity, the use of child labor, the staff facilities, hygiene ... etc.
The audit allows you to evaluate a supplier from the productive and socio-economic development.
When possible a sample should be made even before the conclusion of the contract in order to have a clear idea of the level of quality and specifications required.
The evaluation of the sample is the first step in order to avoid future mistakes, misinterpretations and misunderstandings with the supplier.
The inspection takes place in the initial part of the production. Its purpose is ensuring that all components and materials used are in accordance with the sample and with the specifications laid down in the contract in order to correct any problems before production.
In this inspection we can also check the packaging and, naturally, the quality of the material even if it is not yet printed.
Control during production
The production is inspected when at least 25% of the order has been completed.
More generally, inspection allows direct control of the site to ensure that quality is maintained at every stage of production and make sure they meet the production time and delivery.
Final inspection sample
It is performed when at least 80% of the order is produced or packaged.
The samples are chosen at random, according to AQL sampling.
Inspection of loading
The inspector, making sure that the products are the right ones, checks the quality and quantity of the goods. In addition, prior to loading, this inspection ensures that the products are related to AQL sampling standards.
Subsequently the loading is supervised to ensure that the container is in good conditions and that the whole is loaded in accordance with the amount specified in the P/O. Particular attention is paid to the load sequence in order to avoid heavy items damaging the lighter ones.
Inspections based on AQL (acceptable quality levels)
Inspectors use the ISO 2859 tables (also known as AQL tables) to measure acceptable levels of quality. These tables are a U.S. standard with equivalents in all organizations for national and international standards (ANSI / ASQC Z1.4, ISO 2859, NF06-022, BS 6001, DIN 40080).
How to determine the sample size and the acceptance number?
It establishes the type of inspection , locates the production batch, and selects the AQL (usually 1.5%), in this way it will be possible to have the sample to be examined and the number of acceptance maximum of defective parts.
for a hypothetical inspection of a consignment of 5,000 units, with an acceptable quality level of 1.5%, Table B indicates that the sample must consist of 200 units.
The number of corresponding acceptance is 8. Therefore a maximum of 8 pieces may be defective.
What does it mean in practice?
If the number of defective units is greater than 8, the batch must be discarded.
When the match is accepted, it is understood that contains at most 1.5% of the faulty units (with a risk of error of less than 5%).
What to do with the defective items, or discarded?
Defective units identified during an inspection can be discarded, repaired or replaced.
You can also choose to sell discarded lots at a discounted price or ask for a discount hypothetical percentage of defective items.
For a demonstration see Tables here.