PRODEX understands that in China, finding a cost-effective source of supply is only the first step. After that, the biggest considerations in China procurement are quality control, dependability and on-time delivery particularly since customers are so far away from the production function. Language barriers, culture barriers, international time zones, expensive and time consuming-travel, and many other salient factors even further complicate quality assurance and order follow-up where China procurement is concerned.
PRODEX acts as its clients’ on-site representative and works directly with customers to ensure that the quality and integrity of their products are maintained and their lead times are met. Our strong project management experience combined with our Guangzhou location, intimate knowledge of China, and first-hand experience with many Chinese industries’ production capabilities and quality practices ensures an in-depth understanding of how to synthesize our clients’ needs with China’s realities.
Third party QUALITY CONTROL inspection
PRODEX experience working with factories on the China Mainland, is a natural choice as an independent, third party QC inspection provider. Our qualified inspectors, engineers, and auditors contribute a wealth of quality system knowledge, as well as provide a local oversight presence. PRODEX adds a client-oriented business and cultural point of view that allows for a level of pre-emptive and proactive quality assurance that is difficult to find with other inspection service providers.
Industries in which we have particular experience include:
* Building Materials
* Furniture & Furnishings
* Gifts and promotional items
* Hotel Supplies
* Plastic products, packing and packaging
* Equipment and machinery
* Industrial materials, tooling, and parts –
* Auto parts and components
QUALITY CONTROL Inspections and audits
PRODEX qualified inspectors and auditors provide many of the following quality control services in support of China procurement:
First article review: First article is the first product or subassembly sample taken from the test-run production or it can be a sample or prototype developed per the customer’s technical specifications.
During production inspection: The production is inspected when at least 25% of the order has been completed so as to ensure that specifications with respect to construction, packaging, packing and marking are met.
Final inspection: Final inspection is performed to an agreed Acceptance Quality Level (AQL) established between the customer and the supplier. Options include 100% inspection, random sample inspection, line inspection (random points in the production line), and out of box inspection (selected packaged or packed items are inspected).
Process inspection: Process inspection is the inspection of the product, components, or subassemblies at different stages of the production line. This is carried out when the product is in current production.
Process Audit: A process audit analyzes the documentation, DFMEA (quantifies risks of potential failures due to design), PMFEA (quantifies risks of potential failures due to process), Control Plan, SPC (Statistical Process Control), Standard Operating Procedures (describes work that flows across functions), and Work Instructions (describes work done at each Work Stations).
Supplier Survey: A Supplier Survey checks the legitimacy of a supplier you have already identified. PRODEX communicates with the supplier and other sources to validate the supplier’s existence, background, referrals, ownership information, production capabilities, and other pertinent information.
Supplier Assessment: Supplier Assessment is a detailed examination of the supplier’s manufacturing and quality assurance capabilities. PRODEX analyzes and makes recommendations on suppliers’ Production Management, Documentation, Quality Methods and Systems, Production Control and Process Management, External suppliers connections and Management, continuous quality improvement, Technical and Design support, Inventory and Logistics Management, and etc.