Some people link “made in China” with low-quality fraudulent products, while others perceive it as hardware from Silicon Valley. Of course, both sides coincide. China has over a million factory owners, ranging from small sheds to advance workbench suppliers. Of course, this results in a massive difference in workbench quality.
You might wonder why people would buy inferior quality benches from low-reputed suppliers, while modern factories are in abundance. The reason is foreign manufacturers have immense difficulty to segregate good workbench manufacturers from the bad ones.
The straightforward way to secure yourself is to perform a quality inspection:
A quality check or inspection is the physical inquiry of your benches or cabinets by a 3rd party inspection firm. This assures that a person will visit the plant on your behalf and will verify whether your product complies with a pre-set standard. Generally, there are three distinct inspections that tool cabinet suppliers can conduct:
1 – Pre manufacturing inspection
In this type of inspection, raw materials and tools are inspected to ensure inputs are appropriate.
2 – During manufacturing inspection
In this, the transformation from input to output will be inspected.
3 – Pre-delivery inspection
Here, the finished product is inspected before they are delivered to a warehouse.
The inspection technique is applied to the first and last kind known as ‘acceptance and sampling’. At this point, an inspector will take a few sample items from your batch production. Then the samples are compared with acceptation or rejection criteria for determining your workbenches’ overall quality.
The inspection method is used for the mid-phase; during the process, it is named as ‘process control’. Here, the inspector will analyze the result of a process through statistical tools.
The inspection you choose depends upon two situations. The first case is when you buy the finished product. In this case, the most adequate kind for you is the pre-delivery inspection. The pre-shipment inspection will ensure that the workbenches match with the benchmark on your purchase order.
The second case is when you go for OEM. Here, you may choose any of the above inspection kinds. Obviously, the inspection type also depends upon the workbench type you wish to produce.
High-volume low-cost workbenches might demand less examination as production processes are mechanical operations that are less reliable. On the other side, low-volume high-cost benches might require multiple inspections. Because the manufacturing processes are typically less automated and the costs attached with defective returns are on the higher side.
In this situation, you may want to perform the ‘during production inspection’. For instance, you may conduct an inspection prior to an irreversible process take place. In any situation, your designated agent will always advise you which inspection type will suit you the best.