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 …

Incorporating quality tools outside of work

In celebration of World Quality Month, the feature story of November’s Quality Progress is “Off the Clock,” which highlights the passion of quality professionals and their tendencies to incorporate quality into their daily lives.  In fact, Jennifer Stepniowski, Pro QC’s Special Project Manager, is included in the article as she discusses using checklists, brainstorming and affinity diagrams to organize summer fun for her family. For most of us in the industry, quality is a passion.  It’s something we incorporate into our routines seamlessly.  And, it’s something we at Pro QC believe will help raise awareness to those outside of the …

Are trade shows still relevant?

In today’s fast-paced digital world, we have asked ourselves if exhibiting in trade shows is still a relevant form of reaching people.  Overwhelmingly, the team agrees that while they are not an inexpensive way to market, it remains one of the most favorable. Face-to-Face Connections – Emails and Skype calls only go so far to connect people.  At trade shows, we’re able to talk with people one-on-one and answer any specific questions and/or concerns they may have about sourcing and the role of 3rd party quality providers in that process.  We also learn from those visiting our booths, through their …