Product Inspections

Product Inspections is an essential part of quality control that helps manufacturers ensure that their products meet their customers' needs and expectations. By identifying issues early on, manufacturers can prevent costly defects, improve customer satisfaction, and protect their reputation in the marketplace.

When should a customer do product inspections?

Product inspections should be performed at multiple stages of the production cycle, including during production, pre-shipment, and upon customer receipt.

Pre-shipment inspections are crucial to guarantee that products meet the required specifications and standards before they are shipped to customers. This step is essential for preventing defects and improving customer satisfaction.

How often should they do them?

The frequency of inspections depends on factors like product complexity, risk level, and customer requirements. Identifying compliance requirements early in the product development process is essential to avoid costly redesigns and delays.

What types of issues do we usually expect to find/ want to find at each inspection type?

Product inspections can reveal defects in various aspects, including design, dimensions, materials, and functionality.

Common defects discovered during inspections include:

  • Cosmetic issues like scratches or dents
  • Functional problems such as parts not working correctly
  • Safety concerns like sharp edges or choking hazards.

The primary objective of product inspections is to detect these issues early in the production process, allowing for corrective actions to be taken before the final products are manufactured and shipped to customers.

Read more in the The FQ Guide to Product Inspections