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 …

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Inspection Sampling

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team Whether you’ve been in the supply chain game for a while, or just getting into it, one of the most important questions is how do you make sure your goods meet your quality criteria? Checking every item is too costly and time-consuming, so inspecting random samples from production lots has become the norm. What is AQL AQL is defined by ISO 2859-1 and represents the Acceptable Quality Limit. Noted as the “quality level that is the worst tolerable,” it sets the standard for how many and to what extent defects are considered acceptable …

Quality Control for Automotive Parts (Focus: India)

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team The Covid-19 global pandemic has triggered an unusual push in the western world: people are buying cars to avoid the unavoidable lack of social distancing that comes with using mass public transport. (Though we do caveat that global car sales aren’t going to see quite the numbers they did in 2019). However, this of course means an enormous uptick in the demand for auto parts – everybody’s got to keep their cars running smoothly, right? We’re not just talking passenger cars here though. The gamut includes light commercial vehicles, minibusses, buses, trucks, and …

The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and its Impact

By The Pro QC Quality Assurance Team What is the EUVFTA? Signed into effect by the European Parliament and Vietnam at the end of June 2020, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EUVFTA) is both a trade agreement and an investment protection agreement that offers opportunities for trade, jobs and growth for both signatories. According to the official European Union documentation, the agreement effectively tackles the following points: Eliminates 99% of all tariffs between the EU and Vietnam Reduces regulatory barriers and overlapping red tape Ensures protection of geographical indications Opens up services and public procurement markets Ensures the agreed rules …