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6 Golden Rules of Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality control is a notion that exists at the crossroads of efficiency, safety, and quality. In manufacturing, quality control refers to the process of ensuring that each product meets a predetermined quality level. It means that anything that does not meet these criteria will never be offered in the marketplace.

What Makes Quality Control Beneficial?

For numerous reasons, manufacturing quality is crucial. Here are a few reasons why manufacturing quality products is favorable:

  • Boosts buyer satisfaction
  • Retain existing buyer base and get new buyers from referrals. 
  • Maintain or enhance your market position
  • Reduce safety and liability hazards 
  • Make a positive impact on your product's overall image.

How Can Quality Control Help With Common Manufacturing Process Issues?

In simple words, quality control ensures that everything is done correctly. In the process, it gives you a chance to make the final product better in many ways:

  • Help you maintain a balanced workload
  • Avoid delaying and changing production.
  • Improve overall output even when market demand is inconsistent

What Are the Best Practices of Manufacturing Quality Control?

  • Be clear about quality standards.

It's tough to talk about quality control when you don't know what quality is in the first place. It will help if you start by defining some quality characteristics. If you are manufacturing furniture, the quality strands will be the furnishing, the wooden quality, and how the final product fits the buyers' taste.

  • Inspect your raw material

The process of quality control in manufacturing starts from the grassroots level. If the raw material is not up to the mark, it will affect the final product. So check the quality of the raw material. If we take apparel manufacturing as an example, there are various parameters to check the quality of raw material. The fabric quality, yard count, GSM- inspect every raw material. 

  • Set quality control methods

There are several methods for performing quality control. Perhaps you'll conduct random checks. Maybe you'll inspect 20 final batches and look for flaws. Take some time to consider your production and the particular challenges you're encountering. Regardless of the approach you choose, consider which strategy or ways would be most helpful in assisting you in combating these issues.

  • Define the number of products or batches to be tested

In reality, you'll probably only be able to test a limited number of items or batches. There won't be enough time or resources to test every product that comes off your assembly line. Instead, you'll have to consider how many things to examine carefully. To arrive at a final figure, consider how many batches you'll need to test to be confident in your sample size. Take your time, figure out how many things you'll be trying, and then move on to the next phase.

  • Educate your team about the quality control

Edward Demin, one of the significant business personnel in Japan after WW2, said, "Quality is everyone's responsibility". Keep these golden words pinned in your heart. From artisans to non-technical employees, educate them about quality control in manufacturing. Give them training if needed. Help them to connect with the vision of quality control.

  • Put yourself in your buyer's shoes.

Your export business depends on the buyer's satisfaction. Understand what they are looking for and exactly which type of quality product can please them. For example, if you manufacture handmade carpets, try to understand what types of carpets they desire. If they choose comfort over anything, work on making it cozy instead of spending money on other stuff.

Advance Tips to Keep In Mind 

Manufacturing quality control is a long process. Once the steps mentioned above are followed, you need to be prepared for the following steps:

  • Criteria for faulty items to be rejected
  • What steps will be taken to avoid defective products in the future
  • What testing should be required to get more certain conclusions
  • If its necessary to suspend production until the issues are resolved

Manufacturing in quality control is not a cakewalk. But once you cater the best quality products to your buyers, you take a permanent place in their hearts. There is nothing more rewarding than this for an exporter.

Author: Shalini Singh (Marketing Associate), Moumita Roya