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5 Reasons Packaging Integrity Matters

Packaging is considered to be both the presentation of products to consumers, as well as the configuration in which products will be expedited through various channels. The master carton or “pack” design includes the configuration in which product will be shipped through channels for end-user consumption, making it especially important where packaging integrity is concerned. Here’s why: 1) Carefully planned packaging includes both cost savings obtained through the minimal use of materials, weight and labor, as well as reductions in potential rework costs. 2) Packaging has a direct impact on the perception of quality by the consumer.   3) Orientation is …

Quality testing adventure… Evaluating strollers

They say you should walk 10,000 steps per day, and our engineers in China are hitting the mark as they road test these strollers through various road conditions. Sebastian Oarcea, Pro QC’s Chief Engineer, explains the evaluation in more detail below. Purpose:  To determine the functionality and performance of the strollers in a real-life operating condition. Process:  One sample is subject of functional evaluation in reference with instructions manual provided and applicable standard prior to road test to identify potential failure modes. The road test is performed with strollers loaded at maximum stated by manufacturer (both for occupant and luggage …

What is an American National Standard anyway?

We recently tuned into a webinar offered by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and thought they did a great job discussing standards and the relationship of ANSI to ANS and the international marketplace. The follow-up resources they sent out should be shared: A summary of the value of the ANS process is available at www.ansi.org/ansvalue. ANSI Standards Action – posted every Friday, including project announcements and drafts available for public review:www.ansi.org/standardsaction ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers list with contact and scope: www.ansi.org/asd ANSI Accreditation Options – standards and conformity assessment:  www.ansi.org/accreditation ANSI Membership Options:  www.ansi.org/membership Standards Boost Business – great resource for explaining why standards …

Recognizing the benefits of standardization

World Standardization Day has been recognized throughout the month in countries around the world, although the official day is October 14th. ISO generally sets a theme, which this year includes “international standards ensure positive change.” Why does standardization even matter? Ensures positive change. This year’s theme. Harmonizes global best practices. Companies have increased confidence in the quality and reliability of suppliers who use standards. Eliminates technical barriers to trade. Companies actively involved in standards more frequently reap short- and long-term cost-savings than those that do not participate. Having influence in the content of a standard is an important factor in gaining competitive advantage. …

Quality 101 – Four gurus you want to know

We’ve recently completed a series of workshop outlines that can be used to introduce anyone interested in quality to the industry basics and know where to find the resources they need to take additional action when required. The workshops are designed as eight hour hands-on discussions of various topics covering statistics for quality, quality tools and quality basics.  We find the material related to the quality basics course will effectively reach a broad base and lead to a better understanding of the industry in general. The primary focus of Quality 101 includes the foundations and principles of the gurus and …