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Made and Controlled in China: Inspector training

Quality Control inspector trainingJumping from inspection to inspection within a week, I can run into four superb productions in a row with a cooperative factory and end up on the fifth day with a scandal, like this one. But for the most part, factories are making utmost efforts to provide a decent service and to offer you a competitive price. Most of these efforts are for your benefit. Continue reading

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Using QQ International to Communicate With Your Chinese Supplier

QQ softwareIf there is one thing in China that Westerners have trouble adapting to, it is the way in which people interact. Trust is built over a long period of time, and long-term friendships are eventually established. This is why, in order to manage your factory efficiently, you must employ regular communication. Continue reading

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Maintaining the relationship with your supplier from afar: Communication & QC

Chinese Supplier and Quality ControlYou hope to establish a long-term relationship with your factories by visiting China, and your face to face efforts have started to pay off. Yet, once you leave China and return home, there are many ways to create an even better relationship. Chinese manufacturers face a variety of issues, such as lack of workers, inflation, increase in general expenses, competition and new legislation. Because of these new issues, Chinese manufacturers are beginning to seek increased attention and cooperation with their foreign clients. Yet, once you return home, how can you maintain this cooperation and make sure the factory effectively carries out the necessary quality requirements? Continue reading

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Restore a healthy QC relationship with your factory : Production Monitoring

Monitoring productionAll the lights seemed to be green. The highway of your sourcing was supposed to be straight, without any risks of congestion. And yet, your relationship with your factory cannot seem to get on a good side; Communication is not smooth and you’ve got some doubts about whether you and your factory are actually on the same page. It appears even more obvious as you’ve had disappointing results in your PSI/DPI/FAI, either based on the production monitoring status or through a high % of defects found. Continue reading

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RoHS compliance: Put the odds in your favour

ROHS Testing Inspection ChinaRoHS became a test of major significance in July 2006, when the European Union set up the regulation. RoHS is pretty easy to understand but having a clear mind that your products are all strictly complying with RoHS isn’t as easy as ABC. Failure of just one single component is enough to make your entire order not RoHS compliant, so make sure that RoHS is part of your inspection and testing regimen. Continue reading

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Spring inspection training: Making our recipe even better

Inspectors in trainingThis week has been special for the AQF operations team. We’re launching the first inspection training of 2012, an exceptional opportunity to share our experience and learn from each other, in a positive environment.

As inspections are at the heart of our qualification, we give to inspectors endless opportunities to grow their confidence and skills. Continue reading