If you run an organization that involves sending products to customers but relies on suppliers to deliver materials for these products to be made, you want to know how you can save time on inspecting the quality of these materials without losing the high standard that you are known for. Luckily, this article contains the various ways you can save time on your product inspection without risking the quality of your products.
One way this can be done is by using the ETQ reliance PPAP application. This is a Production Part Approval Process and works by boosting your organization’s efficiency as it automatically adds parts to the production process and allows you to store, access, and analyze any documentation the supplier provides you with. It also means that if a supplier promises a certain level of quality, you can easily check this to ensure you are getting what you ordered. Doing this enables you to easily communicate your needs to all your suppliers without having to constantly go back and forth with them.
Check the Size
It’s also important that the sizes are consistent across all your products. You wouldn’t want a customer to order multiple quantities of one product and notice a clear difference in the sizing of each individual item. Instead of measuring each product individually using a standard ruler and risking that some measurements end up being a little out, you can get a custom measuring gauge and get one that specifically measures individual products. This can help you save so much time and means you can spend more of your time focusing on other areas of your organization that require more of your attention.
If you produce products in batches, there are ways you can measure all these products and save time. If you’re 100% sure all these products were either cut or molded together, all you have to do is measure one of the products as a sample and check if this one meets your sizing requirements. You can then either pile all the products on top of each other or put them all in a line, depending on what’s easiest, and check to see if they all measure up and look the same and that none are out of line. If they all look the same, then you’re good to go.
You can also create mistake-proofing devices to help prevent any simple mistakes from being made and therefore save time in having to check the products for these kinds of mistakes. With this one, all you have to do is figure out where the majority of mistakes are being made and then put measures in place to fix these. For example, if you often find that a hole has been drilled in the wrong place or a cut has been made slightly off-center, this means something needs to be done to amend this. You could make sure the drill is always held in place and that there is a holding place for the product to ensure the hole is always drilled in the right place. The same can be done for products that need a cut being made in them.
Do these methods save time?
If you use them correctly, they will. Product inspection can be one of the most time-consuming areas of a business to cut time off. This means you have more time to focus on other areas within your organization.