Pre-Production Inspections in China
The Pre-Order Review (POR) or Pre-Production inspection (PPI) is completed after your lead supplier has been selected and approved ahead of actual order placement or immediately after your PO has placed. It can be used as a stand-alone inspection or as an integral part of the manufacturing management process.
The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that all tooling, materials, machinery, personnel and documentation are in place for mass production to commence and critically that your supplier is 100% clear on your product specification and order requirements ahead of undertaking any production activities.
A POR can be carried out as a 'one-off' task or as the first scheduled factory visit and project review point in all-encompassing manufacturing control system before each new order is placed.
A typical C2W PPI will cover some or all of the following key verification points depending on the specific form, function and construction of your product and capability of your selected manufacturing partner.
Purchase Order Review
Product Specification Review and Signoff
Quality Assurance Planning
Production Schedule Mapping
Golden Sample Review
Subcontractor Review and Quality Control Planning
Raw Material Analysis and Laboratory Testing
Factory Production Management Review
Factory Resource Planning and Review
Assembly Line Setup
Machinery and Equipment Inspection
Tool, Mold, Die, Jig or Fixture Maintenance Review
Corrective Action Review - Previous Order Issues
We are always keen to customize our inspection solution to meet your exact needs. Contact our sales team today to discuss your options.
- Western Inspector
- Same Day or 24 Hour Notice Inspection
- Chinese Holiday Inspections
- Overnight or Weekend Inspections
Why Do You Need a C2W POR?
A POR is a sound first step in any comprehensive manufacturing management process. By ensuring your selected manufacturer is fully prepared for your order you can effectively safeguard against future production issues. Simple often avoidable mistakes or misunderstanding of the core product specification if left unidentified can become extremely costly later in the production cycle at which point significant rework or worst case scenario remanufacture may be required.
A POR can be scheduled just before your PO is placed or immediately following your order confirmation and deposit payment. Our experienced team will conduct detailed reviews of all agreed relevant pre-production check points focusing on the processes, planning, materials, tooling, resources and factory setup activities required to ensure your production run is a success.
If implemented correctly an effective POR at the start of each production run can save significant future costs and reduce the need for numerous repeat inspections further into the process.
No independent product order review before or immediately following PO placement.
Relying on factory only quality setup and systems without review is a recipe for disaster particularly with a manufacturer who is new to your product or you as a business.
While you may have a long-term manufacturing trusted partner or even a tier one supplier in place you still run the significant risk of ‘quality fade’ or systemic failure of the factory’s own internal quality procedures. A well-defined and independent periodic quality review at the time of order placement to review your specifications, inspect tooling and oversee order setup gives you true control over your manufacturing activities and eliminates the risk of costly product issues or delays further on in the process.
If major product failures over the past few years with some of the world’s largest brands have taught us anything it is that no one is immune to product quality issues. If you wait for them to arise it is often too late to save the damage to your reputation not to mention the crippling financial impact of a product recall on a business. The best approach is always to be proactive rather than reactive and minimize your risks through the implementation of a strategic independent quality program inside your manufacturing facility.
Fly to China and verify all pre-production points yourself in person.
Taking on the responsibility for quality yourself can be a tempting and potentially useful approach in the infancy of any Asian manufacturing project however frequent factory visits quickly become unfeasible from both a time and cost perspective asproduction quantities and frequency of orders increase.
On top of the direct costs of visas, flights, hotels, in-country travel and translation services your time costs spent on the ground also need to be considered. These costs can quickly spiral particularly if issues are identified and additional time on the ground to solve problems is required.
With C2W you have a team of dedicated qualified quality personnel on the ground for a fraction of the cost of a flight alone. Tap into our experienced infrastructure and ensure all of your quality bases are covered before you move into full manufacture.
Hire your own QC personnel in China directly.
This approach carries a range of major risks.
Firstly and importantly such an approach would be illegal with regards to Chinese labour law employment regulations. The C2W quality team are in contrast all full-time, long-term, trusted legal employees of our HK Registered company and China Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) with a decade of international trading history.
Most critically is the honesty and integrity of your operative; with no on the ground support system or direct monitoring from a legitimate management presence you must rely on blind faith that your operative is working at all timeswith your best interests in mind.
Utilize an alternative third party inspection service.
While a range of alternative similar third party organizations do exist at C2W we feel our experience and setup provides a service level that cannot be matched. Unlike our competitors our services are 100% flexible and will be customized to meet your exact needs.
Our manufacturing expertise and experience through a decade of supply chain management here in China gives us a unique insight into how effective man-day quality activities can eliminate the risks and improve your supply experience.
The qualified and experienced C2W team goes the extra mile to become fully familiarized with you, your products, manufacturing processes, project history and full supplier network. At C2W we understand that every project and client is different and a cookie cutter inspection template may not be the best fit for your specific China inspection requirements.
Our Inspection Standards
Our quality inspectors work to internationally recognized ANSI/ASQC Z1.4/ISO 2859-1 AQL (Acceptable Quality Level) statistical sampling procedures and will verify your production lot in line with your exact requirements and predefined acceptable quality limits.
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Starting from $295
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