Here are 4 things a Pre-Production inspection can cover:
The materials/components: factories often use the cheapest materials they find, and they are not always aware of restrictions in the importing country. If you dont want to run any risk, the inspector can draw a few samples at random and send them to a testing laboratory. He can also verify their colors, sizes, weights, etc.
A prototype: sending a sample of large furniture is quite expensive. Why not send an inspector to check it and send you photos, so that you can validate it as a reference for production without wasting time?
The making of a first product(s): sometimes the buyer cannot see a perfect sample until the right materials are ordered and the bulk production processes are started. Here is the time to check whether the factory is capable of making products that respect specifications.
The processes of mass production: the buyer may have certain requirements about the way to produce, and needs to check if they are implemented correctly.
A Pre-Production Inspection (PPI) is the next step after the identification and evaluation of your vendor/factory. It allows you to identify quality risks before manufacturing commences and is an integral part of your risk assessment and quality assurance management. A pre-production inspection verifies your supplier is able to start the production on schedule and all your products specifications and quality requirements are understood.
A CIL inspectors visit your suppliers production site to conduct a physical inspection of the raw materials, components, and factory in India or elsewhere in Asia. During the pre-production inspection, we identify the availability and condition of the materials, review your manufacturers preparation for production, and check in-house quality control processes.
The Pre-Production Inspection (PPI) is a type of quality control inspection conducted before the production process begins to assess the quantity and quality of the raw materials and components and whether they are in conformity with product specifications.
A PPI could be beneficial when you work with a new supplier, especially if your project is a large contract that has critical delivery dates. It is also very important in any case where you suspect the supplier has sought to cut his costs by substituting cheaper materials or components prior to production.
This inspection also can reduce or eliminate communication issues regarding production timelines, shipping dates, quality expectations and others, between you and your supplier.
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