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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

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On-site tests for vacuum cleaners inspection

AQF - vaccum cleaner on site tests - quality control blogVacuum cleaners are in the news recently because of EU new regulations. Laboratory tests and product inspections help importers and manufacturers to meet the requirements. Since product inspections are more frequently done than laboratory tests, specifying the correct on-site tests for vacuum cleaners inspection is paramount. Which aspects are most important for the quality control of vacuum cleaners? and which on-site tests? Continue reading

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Source safely at HKTDC Toys and Games Fair 2015

AQF_Source safely at HKTDC Toys and Games Fair 2015 by the Quality Control BlogFollowing Christmas and New Year festivities comes the long-awaited HKTDC Toys and Games Fair 2015 for sourcing products and finding new potential partners. Last year HKTDC Toys and Games Fair has sent greetings to more than 40 000 visitors worldwide and for 2015 it should be even more! This 41th edition, is one more opportunity to get new potential collaborators able to answer to your needs in terms of products and quality! Continue reading

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Product specifications: How to avoid misunderstandings and quality issues

Product specifications: How to avoid misunderstandings and quality issues by the Quality Control BlogBuying from China is quite a bit more complex than pointing out a few products from a supplier’s website and telling them to make the same items for you. Defining product quality in terms of technical product specifications (e.g. dimensions, materials and components) is critical when importing from China. Fredrik Gronkvist of Chinaimportal kindly explains why product specifications is the first, and often most important, step when importing from China. Continue reading

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Best of CSIC resources for December 2014

AQF_Best of CSIC resources for December 2014 by the quality control blogAs a non-profit organization, the CSIC publishes content each month for buyers who want to learn how to source safely in China. The best of CSIC resources for December 2014 offers videos about how to make the most of the visit to a sourcing fair and to find the right partners such as suppliers, trading companies and service providers in China.

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