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Basic factors impacting the duration of an inspection

AQF_Basic factors impacting the duration of an inspection_Quality Control BlogThe typical workday of a quality control inspector in China, or anywhere else in Asia, usually includes three primary components:    transportation to and from the supplier’s facility, the actual inspection at the factory, the report preparation. The inspector is unable to know in advance exactly how long the inspection day will last due to some basic factors impacting the duration of an inspection, like traffic and defect level. The day can go very smooth or it can be quite the opposite.

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Quality Control Tips /

How testing equipment affects the duration of an inspection

AQF_How testing equipment affects the duration of an inspectionThe number of working hours vary from one inspection to another even though it is the same product and order quantity. This variation is due to different factors, such as the testing equipment availability once at the factory. How testing equipment affects the duration of an inspection? Continue reading

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Factory audits and inspections in Malaysia

AQF_Factory audits and inspections in MalaysiaAfter a long boom period, Malaysian economy is growing again as of 2012. The country’s main direct export partners are Singapore, China and Japan. The United States and Australia are also major trade partners. As a consequence, factory audits and inspections in Malaysia are becoming very popular among international buyers. Continue reading

Asian Insights /

Buddha in factories in China: Culture of Worship

AQF_Guan Yu Buddha in factories in China.jpgIt is quite common to meet a big buddha in the factories in China. Each factory can choose the buddha they like the most. One of them is Guan Yu, also called Guan Gong (Lord Guan) ou Guan Di (Emperor Guan). There are also Guan Yin buddha and Shakyamuni buddha. What do they represent? Why are Buddha in factories in China? Continue reading

Case Studies /

Work flow of an inspection day in China

AQF_Work flow of an inspection day in ChinaJust before Chinese New Year the days are very intense, there are a lot of inspections to perform day after day. Timing is important. However do we really know the work flow of an inspection day in China? Let’s try to clarify it by sharing a real story: a 2 man-day inspection of an electronic item performed together with Erigor few days ago. Continue reading

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Supplier Quality Management system: selection criteria

AQF_Supplier Quality Management system - selection criteriaToday most of the companies in the world are implementing a proper Quality Management System based on the worldwide recognized international standard ISO 9001. This standard is used by all kinds companies, including third party inspection companies, who care about reaching their client’s highest satisfaction. The suppliers’ Quality Management Systems are one of the most important criteria of selection for a buyer. Continue reading

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General and special inspection levels of the AQL table

General and special inspection levels of the AQL tableAs a matter of fact, the AQL table is a tool that determines the quality level of inspected goods. Without it, the inspector would be unable to perform an inspection properly. There are two different sample sizes applied during an inspection. They are determined by the general and special inspection levels of the AQL table. One or the other is used depending on the detail checked. Continue reading