We routinely carry out WIP (Work in Process) and final inspection of complex products for our customers. For the WIP, working with our suppliers, customers and our team of Supplier Quality Engineers, we determine the optimal time(s) to inspect the products during production. It’s usually much easier to measure performance of key subsystems and components before the unit is fully assembled and “in the can.”
Inspections at this stage allow us to have confidence that the quality is “baked in” to the product during assembly.
Final inspections usually take place before “pick, pack and ship” and provide the opportunity to monitor product performance, cosmetic standards, fit and finish and compliance with all specifications. This inspection stage often involves taking the product through the paces of performance – running through all of the steps in the user’s manual, examining the packaging, doing a tear down on a small number of units and assuring that the user experience will be what the design team intended.
Occasionally, our customers require EastBridge to step up and (usually quickly) inspect products at a factory that’s new to us. In order to do a useful job, we need the following:
- Name and address of the factory plus the name, email address and mobile number of your contact person there
- General description of the product
- Specifications, inspection standards, drawings, etc. for the product, accessories and packaging
- A list of critical, major and minor dimensions or appearance criteria
- The AQL
- A “golden sample” or reference standard
- The size of the lot to be inspected.
- Any special requirements
If you can share this information, plus at least a few hours of notice, we can be efficient, helpful and you can confident in the quality of the goods that you’ve purchased.