Learn Quality With Free Resources

We’ve observed an increase over the years in online education opportunities, especially those that provide useful information to our industry.  Who doesn’t want to learn more about quality? Here are our favorite resources that we recommend to our own team to stay up-to-date with the industry: Alison This site promotes free certified learning, with courses that include an Introduction to Manufacturing Processes, Fundamentals of Quality Standards, Understanding Cost of Quality and TQM Tools, and more. ASQ’s Quality Topics A-Z You don’t need to be a member to access this rich collection of quality-related information.  From auditing to Z1.4 and Z1.9, this …

What we love about working in quality…

We reached out to our team and were curious to know what they liked about working in the quality industry. Here’s what they had to say: Ajay Pandey, Country Manager (India) “It impacts the life of society” Nancy Barroso, Account Manager for Latin America/ Project Coordinator/ BTM  (Mexico) “I enjoy working in quality because it allows me to help ensure that our clients actually receive what they pay for, the quality in a product will speak of the client and we help make sure that it is always great. “ Bruno Singier, Sales & Marketing Director – Europe, Middle-East & Asia (Taiwan) …

What types of defects occur most often during inspections?

Over the last three decades, we have inspected an innumerable amount of orders for clients looking to mitigate sourcing risk and uncertainty. As a result, one question we receive often regards identifying trends or commonalties among defects noted. We asked two of our key team members in Ningbo, China what the most commonly noted issues during inspections include: “Workmanship is the most common issue due to the variation.”  ~Cynthia Liu (Business Team Manager) “Inconsistency in production.” ~Nick Chen (Technical Supervisor) Although each product is unique, we are able to classify our observations by general industry. During inspections, defects are generally classified …

Textile & Garment Quality: Inspecting a T-Shirt

We are preparing for TexWorld next week in NYC and thought it appropriate to revisit quality within the textile and garment industry.  A recent question we received related to what we would evaluate during a t-shirt inspection.  That’s a good question… With order details and product specifications in hand, our experienced textile/garment quality engineers go on-site and first verify the order quantity available. We confirm the quantity packaged (and labeled) vs. not packaged. That matters because a pre-shipment inspection generally requires 80% of the order be packaged at the time of inspection.  An in-process inspection is scheduled around 30-50% complete. If the …

Our words of advice to manufacturers about ensuring quality…

Over the past few months, I’ve reached out to our team asking them to share their advice to manufacturers regarding ensuring quality.  Our team’s responses are included here: What words of advice would you give manufacturers about ensuring quality? “Never stop improving your system, structure and process to stay competitive. Implement a continuous improvement process with regular slight adjustments and optimization rather than waiting for the day you need to take extreme measures. Finally you can’t inspect quality; the factory has to produce quality products. With our experience we can help them to get to this level and maintain it.” …