The 3M tape test is the most common test performed during a product inspection or pre-shipment inspection by the QC on the manufactured goods. The result always shows in the inspection report. We all have seen it already but do we really know what it is for and why it is called 3M tape test? Continue reading
The humidity test is usually performed by any AQSIQ licensed and ISO 9001 certified third party quality control company. It concerns many products with one exception: the textile products.
The inspector only checks the humidity visually and by touch. Such procedure contradicts what was said in previous articles about the risks involved with humidity during a shipment. Therefore, let’s look at the actions that could be taken to improve the on-site test. Continue reading
The GSM testing methods are used to measure the material mass (or density) per square meter. GSM comes from “Gram per Square Meter”. It is a standard unit of measurement commonly used all over the world, even in countries where the usual unit of measurement is the pound (U.S.A). The reason is that the GSM testing methods are the most accurate ones. Continue reading
ASTM, American Society for Testing and Materials, is one of the globally recognized leader in the development of international safety standards. They have been defining over 12,000 standards since their creation in 1898. Now the company has become global with offices in different continents: USA, Belgium, Canada, China, Mexico. Continue reading
The first time we started to talk about textile colorfast was in 1916. It is an old story in the textile industry! Since then some standard tests have been created to detect color bleeding issues. Recently the issue has been detected in several shipments, including shirts, suitcases and even sneakers. How can we test textile color fastness? Continue reading
Some suppliers say that their products are conformed with CE, EMC, Reach, RoHS and other specifications. Laboratory Testing by an official “notified body” is necessary for certification. Importers need the certificates to comply with national regulations and sell their goods on the market. Which regulations to comply with? How to arrange laboratory testing for products certification? Continue reading
Following the article “Protecting your imports from humidity” one question came out: What are the level limits for a product inspection standard humidity test?
Before the shipment, especially during the hot and humid seasons, specifications about humidity levels accepted should be clearly and precisely mentioned to the supplier. General comments should be avoided, such as: “Goods have to be kept away from humidity” or “please check the products are not humid before shipment”. They open the door to misunderstandings and quality issues. Continue reading
Product Testing or product inspections? This blog always extols the virtues of product inspections to check products before they ship to their destination market. As The Quality Control Blog had mentioned in previous articles, inspections focus mostly on the cosmetics, functionality, specs, measurements of the product.
IEC 61140: 2010 defines electronic and electrical product safety classes. Product inspections ensure that our suppliers use the right cables and sufficient insulation as agreed in our PO. Why and where do we need to comply with the standard? How can product inspections assure compliance?
On July 21st, 2013, the second part of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC will replace the 20-year-old 88/378EEC Directive. Limits and restrictions for new chemical elements come into force to include elements such as Nickel and Zinc. So on July 21st, all toys placed on the EU market will have to comply with new chemical requirements.