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The Buyer's Guide to the Product Inspection Process

por Drusilla Boudreau (2018-11-14)


Before any inspection takes place, expectations need to be managed. There are two essential steps for this to happen. First, you should obtain a golden sample from the supplier and approve it. Without an approved sample, you won’t know specifically what the factory can produce, nor have a benchmark to determine acceptability. Unless you’re the buyer and the inspector, your service provider should be formally introduced by you to the supplier in advance. The inspector will typically need to schedule the service at the supplier’s convenience. Showing up unannounced to surprise factory management and staff does not bode well. An important part of the product inspection process, every product inspection should begin with checking the production status. The inspector should visit the finished goods area and check the number of completed and packaged units. Unless inspecting 100 percent of an order, you’re probably going to base your results on the findings of a sample of units checked. After the cartons Conformity Analysis are sampled and brought to the inspection area, the actual inspection can begin. There are many aspects of packaging that need to be checked during inspection. Carton packing, retail packaging, and shipping packaging all have their own style. Visual inspection involves checking the appearance and dimensions of the product, as well as verifying that any necessary accessories are included. Inspectors must be certain that they’ve pulled an even number of units from each carton taken earlier. An often more technical aspect of the product inspection process is on-site testing. On-site testing can vary quite a bit from product to product. Inspectors should take photos of all defects or issues found, and include these in a written report to the buyer. They might even film video of an inspection if requested by the buyer.