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Container loading supervision quantity check

Container loading supervision quantity checkContainer loading supervision is a service offered by most official third party inspection companies. It occurs at the very last stage of the production process, when all of the goods are produced, packed in the master cartons and ready to be delivered to the customer freight forwarder. What is the purpose of container loading supervision? How does the container loading supervision quantity check work? Continue reading

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Reliability of the tension test for toys

Reliability of tension test for toys by the Quality Control BlogToys are one of the most complex and risky products to import and to sell. There are plenty of tests to perform in order to protect children from any situation that could put their life in danger or seriously injure them. The tension test for toys is part of the EN 71 regulation. It is one of the most commonly performed test during a product inspection and at a laboratory. How reliable are those tests? Is one better than the other? Continue reading

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Measurement and fitting tests for garment inspections

Measurement and fitting test for garment inspection by the Quality Control BlogGarment manufacturing is one of the complex form of production. Many factors affect the final aspect of garments: the fabric, the sewing, the design, etc. During a garment inspection, various tests are performed to check that the goods are well produced and the customer will be able to wear them normally. The measurement test and the fitting tests for garment inspections are the two testing methods utilized the most for this purpose. Continue reading

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How to control color fastness on garment

How to prevent color fastness on garment by the Quality Control BlogAre the fabric properties a factor concerning the textile color fastness?

Joanna asked this question on the Quality Control Blog few days ago. The answer may interest some readers: therefore this article will answer it and provide further information on how to control color fastness on garments. Continue reading

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Helping the supplier in improving the quality of goods: production monitoring

Helping the supplier in improving the quality of goods- production monitoring by the Quality Control BlogThe initial goods are inspected and the earliest quality issues are identified so that corrective measures can be taken by the supplier. However, the supplier may have difficulties in improving the quality of goods. And even if inspections are performed regularly to control the right implementation of the corrective actions, defects may continue to appear. Should this occur, the supplier needs help rather than control. Continue reading

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Drop test of loaded containers (cartons), ASTM D5276

Drop test of loaded boxes method, ASTM D5276 by the Quality Control BlogASTM D 5276 – 98(2009) is a standard test method for drop test of loaded containers (cartons) by free fall. It is the reference for the ISTA 1A procedure which falls under the shock test category. Quality control inspection companies often simply refer to it as the carton drop test. This test method forms part of almost all inspections. While the outer carton almost always deforms, the products may still be protected from breakage. General guidelines exist but the importer is usually asked to define what is acceptable – and what is not. Continue reading

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China manufactured goods affected by moisture

AQF_China manufactured goods affected by moisture by the Quality Control BlogWhat a bad surprise to find out that goods or cartons are full of moisture at their arrival in the country of destination. As per its definition moisture is “water or other liquid diffused as vapor or condensed on or in objects”. In the manufacturing industry, moisture usually appears on goods and cartons. Why? How to avoid it? Continue reading

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Alternative fabric GSM check during an inspection

AQF_Alternative fabric GSM check during an inspection by the Quality Control BlogThe fabric GSM check is one of the most basic checkpoint to be performed by the quality control inspector during an inspection of product made of fabric. To perform this check, it is necessary to use a GSM cutter and weighting scale. Those tools should be available at the factory however, and surprisingly, it is not always the case. What alternative fabric GSM check during an inspection is available for the QC in such extreme conditions? Continue reading

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Pre-shipment inspection condition: 100% finished and 80% packed

AQF_Pre-shipment inspection condition: 100% finished and 80% packed by the Quality Control BlogConcerning inspections, it is customary to find that some are willing to take ill-advised measures as opposed to following the suggestion of the inspection company. Risks are being taken, involving the premature inspection of goods. It is suggested that one conduct said inspection after 100% of the goods have been produced and 80% have been packed. Choosing not to follow this particular advice can compromise the accuracy of the inspection. Continue reading

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Hit, hit, miss – quality of repeat orders

Hit hit miss quality of repeat orders - Quality Control BlogI spoke with our Director and as we have dealt with this supplier before, we are not going to do quality control this time.” Many SME importing from Asia employ this strategy to reduce spending for repeat orders. However, the quality of repeat orders evolve within time, it usually goes down. In such situation, which strategy can save cost and minimize risk? Continue reading