Is Your Factory Lying to You? How to Avoid Quality Problems

Is Your Factory Lying to You? How to Avoid Quality Problems

Everyone wants consistent quality. But, It’s a sad fact. In China and other Asian countries, there is no shortage of factories that will lie directly to your face. They may exaggerate their capabilities when they first talk to you. Or they might intentionally make...
Do You Know What Product Quality Really Means?

Do You Know What Product Quality Really Means?

You know that product quality is important. Make low quality products and soon you’ll be drowning in a sea of major problems. Dismal sales, skyrocketing liabilities, floundering productivity, and stratospheric costs. These and more will all be yours when you produce...
It’s September – Start Preparing for Chinese New Year Now

It’s September – Start Preparing for Chinese New Year Now

“Oh, Chinese New Year is already here? That caught me off guard,” said, almost all production managers. Over the years, one thing I’ve observed from my colleagues is how Chinese New Year (CNY) always seems to catch people off guard. I’m not exactly sure why this is....
Why Passed Inspections Don’t Tell the Whole Story

Why Passed Inspections Don’t Tell the Whole Story

If you’ve spent any time manufacturing you’ve probably conducted a quality inspection on your order. And, in the process you most likely use AQL standards to determine the defect limit you can accept for your order. We’ve covered AQL extensively here and here. But for...
Are You “In The Know” About Quality Issues?

Are You “In The Know” About Quality Issues?

Do you ever wonder what is actually going on at your factory overseas? Have you ever been there? Have you ever had a truly random sample of their product or did the factory always handpick a golden sample? Being aware of the realities your factory is half the game...

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