To run a successful business, you want to make and distribute products that are at the right quality standard and that comply with the regulations of the countries of sale. I guess nobody will argue with that. But what do "Quality and … [Read more...]
Can QC Inspectors Also Audit Manufacturing Processes?
Let's say you send a QC inspector to one of your supplier's factories. His objective is clear: report on the status of production, on the conformity and safety of the products made for you, and on the number of defects he finds. However, … [Read more...]
What Causes A Bad Factory QMS Implementation? [Reason 1]
When we look at the root causes of many quality issues in China or Vietnam, we find "there is no quality system at the factory" or "they supposedly have one, but it was a really bad QMS implementation". I thought about it and I can point … [Read more...]
Factory Management: the 4 Main Roles in the Quality Department
China, as a whole, has 35+ years of experience manufacturing products for export customers. They have accumulated a lot of experience. However, foreign buyers are rather consistently shocked at the level of mismanagement that plagues … [Read more...]
Using Data for Quality Management: Do You Have Puzzle? Or a Mystery?
As I wrote a few weeks ago, quality control analytics can save serious costs. I listed 5 examples of such cost savings in that article. Now, the question is, what can manufacturing and purchasing managers do to utilize data for quality … [Read more...]
Why The Bill Of Materials (BOM) Is A Key Document For Importers [Podcast]
The Bill Of Materials - more important than you may think! The Bill Of Materials is an incredibly important document which spans the product development process and evolves as you get closer to mass production. It provides all of the … [Read more...]
The Basics of Quality Management for Buyers [Podcast]
What's the best way to get started with quality management? It makes a lot of sense to work to improve your product quality coming from Chinese suppliers and you don't need to be a large corporation to do this, but this kind of quality … [Read more...]