Improving Factory Quality & Performance

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team
So, you’re evaluating your supplier, and you need to figure out how to improve factory performance, reduce defect rates, and to raise efficiency. The two major points you need to prioritize are improving production quality (and as a result, product quality), and ensuring your goods comply with global standards. Improving Production Quality Conducting a process audit or a root cause analysis of a given problem is usually a good first step. Production quality is usually based on one of the following elements that make up the entire production process: Man, Machine Material, Method, …

Manufacturing Quality Assurance in the USA

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team
According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturing in the United States accounted for 11.39% of total economic output in 2019. The United Nations Statistics Division places the USA in second place, after China, as the second largest manufacturer in the world – producing approximately 16.6% of the world’s total production. Key manufacturing sectors in the United States including chemicals, computer and electronic parts, food, beverage and tobacco, motor vehicles and parts, fabricated metals, machinery, aerospace and transportation equipment, petroleum and coal, plastics and rubber products. Manufacturing output in the US has …

How do Manufacturing Process Audits Improve E-bike Production Quality?

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team
What is a manufacturing process audit? The purpose of the manufacturing process audit (MPA) is to assess if the factory has taken appropriate measures to control the step-by-step process of manufacturing as tightly as possible and to ensure that the end product meets quality expectations. Each step is reviewed, from the receipt of incoming raw material to each production process to assembly, testing, inspections, and warehousing. The capability of machines, equipment, operators, systemic process controls, and production environment is constantly tested at each of these production process steps, to ensure that the manufacturing …

E-Bike Manufacturing, Quality Control & In-Process Inspections

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team
A bicycle is made up of several components – a frame, wheels, handlebar, saddle, pedals, a gear mechanism, brake system, and other various accessories. The number of components that need to be put together to form a final product that is safe for use, as well as the fact that many of these components come from different, specialized manufacturers, means that constant quality inspections are required throughout the final assembly process. So how is a bicycle assembled and what are the main components of in-process quality control inspections and the usual defects? How …

Importing E-Bikes from China? Recognizing Production Risks and Improving Quality

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team
Let’s start with this: what is the e-bike industry? Also known as an electric bicycle, an e-bike is essentially a bicycle with a lithium battery-powered electric motor which can assist in easier, speedier movement. It looks and pedals like a regular bicycle but allows the rides to gather momentum with ease. It’s also worth noting that e-bikes can be powered by lead-acid, nickel-cadmium (NiCd), or nickel-metal hydride (NiMh) batteries as well. For this post, we will focus on lithium batteries as about 90% of electronic bikes are powered in this manner. The industry …