Category: Product Inspection

Your shipment is rejected, what now?

Receiving a failing inspection report is never a happy occasion   Shipment delays, rework costs, etc. all create tension among all parties involved.  But, put into perspective, the end result can be positive.   When you see the “reject” status on the report, stay calm.  Attack the problem with three questions: Why did it fail? Review the report carefully to determine what the issue(s) are. Was the failure of the result of one or more problems? How close were the defects from being within the AQL (Acceptable Quality Levels)? How are we going to fix this? Based on the information in the report, …

Inspecting textiles & garments

In our latest newsletter, we’re talking about inspecting textiles and garments and the specialized expertise required for this industry. Unlike wood, metal and other materials, textiles and garments have unique variables that may result in unexpected issues throughout the manufacturing and during the final inspection. As one of Pro QC’s textile inspectors noted, “it’s an art of using many variables to produce a piece of art.” A garment or fabric inspector must bear in mind these variables and conditions that can result in defects and delayed shipments. Irene Gebrael, an inspector for Pro QC in the New York and New …

Why inspect? What are the benefits?

This is one of the most frequent questions we receive, and it’s often a hot debate at quality industry events as well. At the end of the day, inspecting product for quality prior to shipment does the following things: Verifies that product specifications are being met and avoids unnecessary reengineering work later Confirms important quantity verification Checks packaging integrity to avoid costly damage during transit Reduces overall quality risks and cost I am unable to recall a client where the total cost of inspections wasn’t covered by one or more quality issues preventatively called out prior to shipment.  The benefits …

Product Inspection Strategy

A frequent question account managers receive is how to employ an inspection strategy to identify issues early and continue to ensure that product meets specifications.  Most agree that the tangible and intangible costs associated with poor quality support a preemptive strategy. The answer isn’t necessarily a simple one due to the variances involved in product-specific requirements.  But, a general method of attack is suggested here: Inspection Plan Development A good plan is only as good as its foundation, so a comprehensive and detailed product specification is critical to the success of the overall strategy.  Pro QC often assists clients with …