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Why Inspections are Important and Save You Money

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Avoid Costly Product Defects and Shipment Delays

Product inspections minimize the amount of costly product defects. Inspections can detect merchandise containing non-standard or non-compliant components

 

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Inspections help you determine the overall quality of your order, and determine the need to issue corrective actions before any products leave the factory.

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Protect Your Company's Brand and Reputation

Sub-standard products result in customer complaints and damage your reputation. Product quality inspections help ensure consistent customer satisfaction.

Global Coverage ⚭ Local Expertise

In addition to North America, Pro QC International has been offering services in over 37 countries since 1984.

 

 

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What Type of Inspections Do I Need?

There are several types of inspections available through the production process. One of our Account Managers can help you choose what is best for you. Companies having large runs of product often use all services for maximum protection. However, for low to medium volumes you can choose less. We recommend at the minimum In Process and Pre-Shipment Inspections be performed.

What Other Services Are Important to Reduce My Risk?

Pro QC has an international reputation for providing independent third-party inspection and testing services. However our services do not stop with inspection. Pro QC can provide you solutions to your entire supply chain from the sourcing, manufacturing to final delivery.

Inspections

First-Article Inspections

Pro QC inspects first-article samples prior to volume production. This verifies that product specifications are being met and avoids unnecessary reengineering work later.

In-Process Inspections

These on-site inspections evaluate samples of your products selected during the manufacturing process. This confirms the quality of your product and allows any necessary changes to be addressed early on, reducing rework time and costs.

Pre-Shipment Inspections

During a pre-shipment inspection, our engineers verify that finished goods conform to your specifications.

Container Loading Supervision

Pro QC ensures that proper methods are employed during product loading, and we verify counts on-site.

 

Testing

Measurement and Testing

Pro QC conducts properties, performance and life-cycle testing at our labs in Ningbo, China and Chicago, USA. Custom fixtures and test methods are crafted in-house. For testing that is not performed at Pro QC, we have alliances with accredited labs in many locations worldwide to offer you virtually any type of product testing you may need.

Factory Audits & Testing

C-TPAT (Security)

The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism initiative (C-TPAT) is a voluntary U.S. Customs and Border Protection program designed to improve border security while also accelerating the processing of import shipments.

Sustainability (ISO 14001)

Although we have offered ISO14000 (environmental) and SA8000 (social responsibility) audits for a number of years, many retailers are now requiring audits that combine elements of both of these standards along with additional elements covering energy usage, renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, materials and waste reduction, life cycle management, supplier’s supply chain activities and more.

Social Accountability (SA8000 and ISO 26000)

These evaluations focus on the following areas: Health and safety, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, compensation, management practices, forced labor, freedom of association and child labor laws.

Supplier Process Control and Quality System

Pro QC supplier audits evaluate all manufacturing process control systems for existing or new suppliers using the ISO 9001 framework. Each audit report covers several areas, including evaluations of management, quality control methods, non-conforming materials, corrective action, and inspection and test equipment.

Supplier Capability and Qualification

Our engineers survey your potential or new suppliers on- site and provide detailed reports on the general operations, quality systems, qualifications and capabilities of the supplier as a viable source.

Container Loading Supervision

Pro QC ensures that proper methods are employed during product loading, and we verify counts on-site.

Why You Should Consider Pro QC as Your Partner in Quality

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Stability

Pro QC is an established and reliable organization, providing quality assurance, engineering and consulting services since 1984.

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Global Presence

Pro QC offers services in 38 countries and growing. When services are required in an area where coverage is currently not available, we are able to secure local engineers or arrange travel for our engineers in order to accommodate the request.

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Experienced, Degreed Engineers

Pro QC’s professional and knowledgeable staff represents your interests on-site. Our inspectors and supervisors are degreed engineers. Our staff offers experience in a variety of industries from toys to aerospace, including consumer retail, textiles/fabrics, electrical/electronics, housewares, medical, and many more.

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Scheduling Flexibility

Pro QC understands the unpredictable nature of sourcing and the importance of meeting critical deadlines. We schedule accordingly, which often means accommodating last minute requests.

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Timely Feedback

Pro QC offers online reporting, with detailed reports provided within 24 hours of completion. Our web resident database provides scheduling information and report access anytime, from anywhere.

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Dedicated Account Managers

Pro QC employs regional account managers who are available to assist clients 24/7.

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Scalability

Pro QC maintains an advanced HR system that enables a high degree of scalability worldwide. We routinely manage project demand fluctuations within and across countries. We are able to train and deploy engineers within days, for projects of all sizes, so that bookings are completed in the time required.

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When asked how Pro QC has provided value to the organization, Rob McLellan explains that “with an expanding backpack business, we needed to ensure that the quality of our products were checked and maintained at a high level all year round. Lowe Alpine has a long history as a trusted gear supplier, and we want that to continue. Pro QC has helped us to achieve this with the provision of professional inspection staff and detailed and clear reporting procedures.” He considers “Pro QC’s local availability and their dependable and thorough inspection methods to be the most significant contribution that Pro QC has made as a partner to Lowe Alpine.”

We also asked Rob why he selected Pro QC as a third-party provider. He explained that “Our R&D team is based in the UK, so although we use extremely reliable vendors we needed a local QC team who could inspect not only finished product but also check the sewing lines during production. Pro QC was the ideal choice for us, as they have offices local to our manufacturers and they have been able to provide experienced QC inspectors to assess our technical product. The availability of the inspectors has been excellent, even at short notice, and they have consistently provided timely and clear reports. Partnering with Pro QC has kept us fully informed and able to respond quickly and appropriately to any quality issues. It has also allowed us to devote more time to the other vital part of our business – product development.”

Understanding the Supplier Audit Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you use a 3rd party as a partner in quality?

  • Identify problems early and reduce associated rework costs later. Identifying problems early also helps avoid potential shipment delays.
  • Ensure the end product meets your customers’ expectations.
  • Pro QC uses knowledgeable and experienced QC engineers.
  • Partnering with a 3rd party provider often reduces travel expenses, internal resource allocation and offers an unbiased assessment.

How do you schedule a QC inspection with Pro QC?

Quality inspections can be scheduled online directly here. Or, clients and/or suppliers can contact account managers directly for assistance with coordination. Contact us at +1-813-252-4770 or info@proqc.com for additional information.

When are detailed inspection reports provided?

Pro QC’s inspection reports are uploaded to an online database within 24 hours of completion. Clients receive an emailed notification when posted.

Each report outlines the audit scope and includes recommendations, strength’s of the quality system and manufacturing process, and opportunities for improvement (weaknesses). An audit result based on the percent of conformances vs. non-conformances is provided.

Review example reports here. http://proqc.com/services/sample-reports

Where does Pro QC provide services?

Pro QC International performs quality control services in the following countries:

Asia Asia Pacific Europe Latin America Middle East North America
China* Australia Austria Argentina Egypt USA*
Taiwan* Belgium Brazil Israel Canada
India* Bulgaria Chile Turkey
Thailand Czech Republic Colombia Uzbekistan
South Korea France Dominican Republic
Pakistan Germany* El Salvador
Bangladesh Greece Ecuador
Cambodia Hungary Mexico*
Japan Italy Nicaragua
Kazakhstan Poland Panama
Malaysia Portugal Peru
Philippines Romania Venezuela
Vietnam Slovakia
Indonesia Slovenia
Russia Spain
Sri Lanka Switzerland
Ukraine The Netherlands
United Kingdom

*Local Office

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In North America Call: (813) 252-4770

info@proqc.com

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