What is a Factory Audit?
The objective of a Factory Audit is to ensure that the factory you choose is capable of producing your goods to your required specifications and within your given timeframe.The Factory Audit can cover issues such as:
- Is your supplier ‘ISO 9001 certified’ by a reputable certification body?
- Has the supplier implemented Quality Management System (QMS) standards to manage its key business processes?
- The existence and reliability of the factory (monthly production capabilities, the type of machinery used, the main products produced, and in-house/outsourced operations)
- Whether the premises and factory capacities correlate with your order (assessing production facilities, the quality control system for incoming goods inspection, in-process controls and final online inspections); how is packaging material handled; how is non-conforming material handled; how are communication, document control & workflow; and complaints management managed?
- The training and experience of the workforce as well as the working conditions
- Review your potential and existing suppliers business and production processes.
- Choose a supplier that is right for your order
What is a Pre-shipment Inspection?
- The Final Random Inspection (FRI), or Pre Shipment Inspection (PSI), checks finished products when at least 80% of your order has been produced and export-packed. Samples are selected at random, according to AQL sampling standards and procedures.
- The Final Random Inspection ensures that the production complies with your specifications and/or the terms of your purchase order or letter of credit.
Question: What is quality control and what is inspection, in statistical quality control?
Answer: Today, most inspections of consumer goods which rely on AQL sampling typically follow single sampling using the related AQL table to determine the appropriate sample size needed for inspection and the maximum number of defective units that inspectors can find without the order failing inspection. （Author:John Niggl From: Quora）
- Verify your goods before they are shipped.
- Approve final payment in confidence
- Refuse the order if it does not meet your requirements
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