So, next up is Initial Production Inspections for your manufacturing in China.
This is a much overlooked inspection type, but has a lot of value, expecially in high volume orders. Incoming QC of raw materials and components is most useful at an early stage as it allows for an initial check of conformity, and an early warning should there be problems. That early warning can give your supplier enough time to fit the components to meet specifications.
Typically, this type of inspection is performed when about 5% of the product is completed, thereby giving you insight on the components/raw materials, and how the finished product will look and function.
Also, should your product need lab-testing/certification for end-market compliance, the inspector can pick and seal random samples. By keeping a close eye on the supplier at this early stage sends a positive, pro-active message to them and can help avoid tears later.
Short and sweet today - do your Initial Production QC Inspections!!!
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