In-Process Quality Control (IPQC)

Our inspectors are IPC-610 certified so they know what to look for. We monitor the factory inspectors, provide additional training where factory training is frequently insufficient, and verify that the factory inspectors are qualified for the task to which they were assigned.

  • Documentation Review – We review your work instructions, visual aids, and standards to make sure the production operators have the right instructions.
  • Process Review – if the step-by-step assembly process is inefficient or prone to allowing mistakes, we recommend improvements.
  • Documentation Control – “The guy that knew how to do that isn’t here any more.” Make sure procedures, work instructions, standards, and training guides are kept up-to-date.
  • Training – if the factory inspectors are insufficiently trained, we will get them up to speed.
  • First-Article Inspection – One of the most carefully controlled Engineering and Quality Assurance steps which is frequently overlooked by managers trying to rush into production.
  • Real-time Corrective Action Implementation – Problem solving rather than problem reporting. If there is a problem on the line, we trace it down to the source and fix it, then document it.

Most problems happen in the production process. Some processes are more manual, others more automated, but mistakes happen. Some occur due to negligence or ambivalence, some are design and material related, others are unforeseeable. If there are problems, finished goods inspection is too late – additional cost is borne by the manufacturer and shipment schedules are at risk.

Some factories just need professional help. They meet your price point, but it does come at a cost. We support the manufacturing process by having our inspectors on-site at the quality control steps in the assembly process to stop problems before they make it into finished goods and to back-track the problem for corrective action.