Designing and manufacturing a product for the first time as a small business can be a big leap. It takes a lot of work and grit to make a great product and it is important for you as a company to be able to provide the best for your customers. Today we are taking a deeper look into one of the important stages of making a product and how you can maximise the quality of your end result.
Quality control is a stage in the manufacturing process where you check items for any issues such as breaks or weaknesses which might hinder their ability to work. It is important and a crucial process for you to do. Here are some simple tips to make your quality control process simple.
What are your standards?
The first thing that you have to think about when making a quality control plan is having a set list of standards to stick to. For example if you are printing a design you can have a certain colour grade to aim for or a particular HEX value to reach. If you were creating a product you can think about thickness and width and height. There are a lot of parameters you can measure.
Be sure that you train your employees to be able to inspect items themselves to the highest standards. It is important that more than one of you is able to assess the quality of a product because if you don’t, you might miss something along the way which will slip through to the customer. Be sure that you are able to take the process through a few people to ensure that the quality is 100% what you need.
If you are struggling seeing certain elements of a product and you need help investigating, you can use handy tools such as an Industrial Camera to inspect a product further. If there are tools you can use to help you inspect a product it is important for you to utilise them and it will make your life easier.
If you have old equipment to either create your product or to inspect it, you need to consider upgrading. There is no point in you worrying about your product if you don’t invest in great equipment so make sure that you take the time to find better resources to use. Once you do this you will notice a much better production coming through and the chance of an error is much slimmer than it was before.
Make an action plan
If a product isn’t everything you wanted, what will you do? It is crucial that in the event of an issue with the production line that you have a plan to move forward. Think about changing ingredients or supplies or fixing machines to a new level, or starting the process with a different method. Make sure you have plans to work through manufacturing issues and this will ensure you don’t lose too much money with wasted supplies.