Third Party Inspections for the Fit-Out and Furniture Industry

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Third Party Inspections for the Fit-Out and Furniture Industry

Third Party Inspections for the Fit-Out and Furniture Industry

ADDMORE Services is now offering Third Party Inspections within the USA and Internationally. 

ADDMORE has Inspectors in China, Philippines, UK, and Australia. 

We specialize in Joinery, Furniture, Stone, Tile and Metalwork with our founder having spent the last twenty years regularly carrying out inspections and leading teams in all of the areas we cover with on-the-ground experience and local contacts. 

Inspections allow you to get an eye on what is happening at the factory when you cannot be there in person.

They are also conducted following industry-standard practices like ACCEPTABLE QUALITY LIMIT (AQL) to help ensure that you get a statistically accurate picture of your shipment. 

They can help you uncover things like non-standard materials and deviations from specifications and they put pressure on your suppliers to manufacture products exactly to your quality specifications. 

We all know you can conduct a Pre-Shipment Inspection (and Final Random Inspection) once production of your order is complete. However there are four other types of inspections that ADDMORE SERVICES can provide for your quality control process.

Third Party Inspections for the Fit-Out and Furniture Industry

What are the 6 inspection types? 

The inspection types listed below are a summary of each one so that you can get a high-level understanding of what gets checked, when and where they are conducted, and why you might consider them.

1. Pre-Production Inspections (PPI)

What: Check the quality of raw materials, a prototype, or factory readiness.
When: Once the factory has received raw materials and before production starts.
Where: On-site at the factory.
Why: You are working with a new supplier, are concerned that an existing supplier may be substituting cheaper materials, or you have critical delivery dates.

2. Work in Progress Inspections (WIPI)

What: Check completed products, including visual check, dimensions, packaging, labeling, functional testing, barcode verification, drop tests, other checks specific to your product.
When: Once at least 20% of production has been completed.
Where: On-site at the factory.
Why: You are producing large quantities in continuous production and cannot afford delays.

3. Pre-Shipment Inspections (PSI)

What: Check completed products, including visual check, dimensions, packaging, labeling, functional testing, barcode verification, drop tests, and other checks specific to your product.
When: Once 100% of your products are produced and they are at least 80% packed.
Where: On-site at the factory.
Why: You want to verify the quality of your order before it ships so that you don’t pay for defective or unsafe products.

4. Loading Inspections (LI)

What: Check completed products, including visual check, dimensions, packaging, labeling, functional testing, barcode verification, drop tests, and other checks specific to your product.
When: Once your goods are ready to be loaded onto the container.
Where: At the site of container loading.
Why: You want to verify exactly what is going into the container or ensure that suppliers are following specified loading plans.

5. Sort Inspections (SI)

What: Separate out defective units from non-defective units and get an exact count of each.
When: Once an issue has been discovered with products that are already produced and you need to sort the good from the bad.
Where: At the factory, a distribution center, or wherever your products are.
Why: You want to separate out defective units, get an exact count of acceptable units, and proceed with only the acceptable products.

6. Landed Inspections at your Factory or your Fabricators, a distribution center, your warehouse or in the Field (LI)

What: Separate out damaged in transit units from non-damaged units and get an exact count of each.
When: Once an issue has been discovered with products that are already damaged in transit, we help you to sort the good from the bad.
Where: At the factory, a distribution center, or wherever your products are.
Why: You want to separate out defective units, get an exact count of acceptable units, and proceed with only the acceptable products.

Use ADDMORE SERVICES — we are available to you.

We manage quality control in a way that is most appropriate for the Fit-Out Industry, product type, and individual situation.

That means considering a mix of different inspection types so that you can be sure to cover all your bases.

By understanding all the tools available to you through ADDMORE SERVICES Inspectors, you can come up with a plan that is effective at ensuring the quality of your products.

Author

COLIN ANTHONY ADDLEY MCIOB, MAIB, MSAIB

Colin is a highly experienced Professional Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager with over three decades in the International construction and Marine Industry.

He is a specialist in the fit out sector having executed many prestigious, Luxury high quality and Technically Complex Projects.

He is also a creative writer having penned many industry related articles.

By: admin | March 23, 2021

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