It is important to determine the quality of any product before it has been delivered to the end user. This is important because inspection services assure the quality and manufacturing standards are as prescribed by the client and statutory / regulatory policies. In recent times, technologies have been developed to evaluate the product at different phases of production – be it at sourcing of the raw materials or during processing of the materials into finished products. Inspection can also be done on the machinery used or during inventory management.
The need for inspection services increases with outsourcing. A firm no longer has the same control over the production process and various related processes and sub-processes if the production happens offshore. This is where inspection services provided by third party firms become important. China, being the global leader in outsourced manufacturing, has various firms that have specialized in providing inspection services for international companies.
It makes sense to choose these firms over having one’s own team in China to take care of the inspection process. Here is a brief look at some common reasons to opt for China inspection services:
Specialization for specific processes or industries
The inspection process is a comprehensive one that involves various sub-stages. Certain companies offer specialized inspection services like raw material inspection, production process inspection or finished goods inspection. Others deal with only a few specific industries. Some of these industries to which these firms carter to include automotive, chemicals, machinery and instrumentation, wood, handicrafts, food material, construction products, etc. Also, the type and level of inspection provided differ from industry to industry. The inspection companies in China are technically advanced and deploy specialized methodologies to evaluate products for the different sectors they service.
Custom inspection services as needed
The companies have different customization levels for each client. Some firms provide end-to-end inspection services for all processes, while others club these services with quality checks. Some even offer sourcing and logistics solutions. The client firms can opt for the services they need.
Optimal resource utilization
The Chinese firms enable better resource utilization. They make the inspection process less cumbersome and better managed. They help provide inspection services for different segments in the product development lifecycle including raw material selection, production, container loading, pre-shipment or company audit. This helps a company to cut down on waste and shipment rejections. Moreover, the cost incurred by a firm by utilizing a Chinese inspection services provider is significantly less than using one’s own team offshore or a firm from any other country.