Tag: corrective action

Five Ways to Ensure Quality Manufacturing – Sourcing Success

Whether you’re sourcing abroad, or from a manufacturer down the street, similar issues with product quality, shipment delays, cost and safety concerns, etc. still apply.  To mitigate the quality risks and cost involved in sourcing, we recommend five actions that have been proven successful throughout the three decades of experience we have working with clients and suppliers around the world. 1 – Audit Potential & Existing Suppliers  To help ensure that potential or existing suppliers deliver high-quality products, operate efficiently, and support continuous improvement, process surveys and factory audits are performed. From supplier capability and qualification to process control and quality system …

New Year, New Goals… 2015 Quality Goals

As 2014 comes to a close, we are considering the quality goals and objectives we’ve discussed with our clients and partners regarding ongoing improvement in the coming year.  Some examples shared with us include: Establish and/or improve a supplier performance evaluation process Develop and implement corrective action based on factory and inspection data analysis More effectively communicate support for quality throughout the organization Review and/or develop detailed product specification information to reduce discrepancies or other issues Avoid delays in shipments Review and analyze processes to identify bottlenecks and/or develop documentation What are your quality goals for 2015?   At Pro QC, …

Top 3 – Key factory audit components

Performing factory audits to assist in supplier selection or throughout the production cycle is a primary contributor to a reduction in both sourcing risks and cost.  While specific standards often apply, such as the ISO series, factory audits do have several key components in common. 1) Management  Who is the management and what management style is generally supported within the corporate culture?  Through observation and interviews, an audit reveals attitudes and general values that serve as indicators of the overall organization’s realized performance. “One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that …