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 …

Which AQL do you choose?

One of the most frequent questions we receive regarding on-site quality inspections relates to selecting AQLs, or Acceptable Quality Levels.  AQLs represent the maximum percent defective that you consider acceptable. Pro QC’s Assistant Operations Manager in China, Cesar Marsical, address the question below: The selection of AQLs and sampling plan for a given lot size depends on too many factors to permit the issuance of a “pre-selected” standard set of plans for specified lots. Each user should select AQLs and sampling plans that are tailored to best meet their needs.  Pro QC can assist with this process. Some of the …

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 …

7 QC Tools in 8 Minutes

Great presentation… Quick and easy way to learn about quality control, the benefits and the primary tools used in the industry. Graphs Check Sheets Pareto Charts Cause & Effect Scatter Diagrams Histograms Control Charts In addition, we discuss the benefits of quality control on our website .  We also talk quality tools in a few older blog posts.  And, we’ve written a few articles in our newsletter as well.

Top 5 Quick & Invaluable Quality Reads for 2013

A thread in the ASQ LinkedIn group piqued our interest a few months back.  It got us thinking about our favorite quality related books and provided some excellent insight into a few we haven’t read yet. We know life is busy, but we all know the importance of continuous improvement   Our list of quick and invaluable quality related “must read” books includes: The Daily Drucker: 365 Days of Insight & Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done (Peter F. Drucker)  – This little gem is a quick and easy way to start the day thinking in a quality mindset.  More than a few …