Mind Mapping & Creative Thinking

December 2, 2007

Quality Control and Quality Checks

Filed under: Design Technology — Editor @ 7:42 pm

Make sure that in your project you have included a system for Quality Control or Quality Checks.

How does QC work in the real world? Sometimes when you buy a product you will find a QC label or sticker. This is a mark that the product has been ‘checked’ by or during the QC processes.

QC may happen at several stages during the manufacturing process.

If it is a food product then the ingredients may well be tested/tasted before they are combined in the manufacturing process. Food workers are often encouraged to taste food at all stages of the process to ensure that there is nothing wrong with the product.

In a physical product tests are carried out on the raw materials, the fixings, finishes, dimensions, function and performance. Sometimes safety tests will be required. You may remember the recent information in the press about safety issues with paint used on children’s toys. Several large toy companies had subcontracted work to home workers in the Far East where it is much harder to control the paints or materials used. This has cost the master company many hundreds of thousands for pounds.  Companies sometimes take huge risks with sub contractors where they have little or no

Have a look at this news report by the BBC: control.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6946425.stm  and this report from SKY news: http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30400-1279873,00.html

Why might companies do this? If they kept quiet would anyone know? What would you do?

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