When making your products in Asia, there are plenty of things to worry about. Among them are whether the correct materials are going into your product.
How do you know that you have the right type of plastic or metal? And how do you know that your product doesn’t contain banned substances?
Without testing all incoming materials, you don’t.
And the last thing you want to find out is that your children’s toys have hazardous chemicals in them. Little Brendan in Idaho has been putting them in his mouth.
You need to hire a third-party testing company to check all incoming plastic and metal. And you need to do it before your factory puts it into production.
Following are some steps that you should take for all incoming materials. Do these things before production and you can be confident in the plastic and metal your products contain.
Step 1: Keep All New, Untested Material in a Separate Area
It’s critical that the wrong material never gets used in your products. That’s why untested plastic and metal needs to be kept separate from tested and approved raw materials. Untested raw materials should never go into your factory’s pre-production area.
Once materials have gone through the testing process, they are either a) rejected or b) warehoused for production.
Remember… Never let untested materials be mixed with tested ones.
Step 2: Get Your Incoming Materials Properly Tested
Have a third-party company test your plastic or metal. They’ll use specialized equipment to ensure the materials are compliant. Based on the results, the factory can either approve or reject the batch.
So, how do the labs test raw ingredients?
For metal testing, they might use something called an Optical Emissions Spectrometer (OES). This tool can verify that you have the right aluminum alloy or type of steel.
An OES is very accurate. And it leaves a “spark site” on the metal (a small mark on the metal’s surface). But, since you’re testing material (and not a finished product) these small blemishes are not an issue.
When it comes to testing plastic, an FTIR spectrometer is commonly used.
The tester will use it to scan your plastic and compare it to a “golden sample.” If there’s a match, it passes the test.
No match? Rejected.
Step 3: Return Rejected Material
All plastic and metal that doesn’t pass incoming inspection is rejected.
Once rejected, it is set aside and stored. From there, you can send it back to the supplier where it belongs.
Now you’ve gotten rid of the junk. And you can store the good stuff for production.
Step 4: Move Good Materials into Pre-Production Storage
All material that passes inspection are taken to your factory’s pre-production storage area.
When the factory is ready to make your product, they’ll only use good, approved material. And your products won’t contain any harmful or banned substances.
That’s what you want, right?
Follow the Steps Above to Be More Confident in Your Products
Remember, it’s important that you test all incoming materials. You can hire a third-party company to do this.
Put into production pieces of plastic and metal that pass inspection. And materials that don’t are sent back to the supplier.
Follow the steps above and you’ll know with confidence what’s going into your products.
And you’ll be happy to see that your customers are getting exactly what they expected from your brand.
Insight can conduct raw material sampling inspections and coordinate with local labs for testing with quick turnaround results. Contact us for more details.