Product Inspection

Random Inspection: What It Does and Why You Need to Conduct It as an Importer

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Trade globalization is no joke, and businesses around the world are planning on expanding to a global or foreign market. Not only is there a ton of opportunity to make very good money by going global with your product, but your competitors may already be preparing to do so.

As a result of going global, businesses will need to source from distant countries and acquire new suppliers. It’s incredibly important for businesses that are entering a new market to be extremely hands-on in the production process. Before any contract is signed, it’s vital for you to take the business expense hit and fly to the facility to ensure that everything is as it should be. Just as well, you’ll want to ensure that the manufacturer is compliant with local regulations and has a trained staff that is capable of properly building your product en masse.

It doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve found the right supplier and production starts, you’ll need to consider how you will implement inspections for quality control into the business production process. Monitoring your production process will require an immediate presence to reduce the overall risk of poor quality or damaged productions arriving to your customers. There are different types of inspections you’ll want to implement, but the one we’ll be breaking down today is the random inspection.

What is a Random Inspection?

To put it simply, a random inspection (also known as a random quality inspection) is a very detailed visual inspection of products before they are shipped. Typically, this kind of inspection is conducted in the manufacturing plant or wherever the supplier builds the products. A random inspection will involve selecting random samples of a product according to the brand’s sampling procedures and applications. Depending on the industry or product type, the inspection criteria and process will vary when it comes to covering things like quantity, quality, packing, parts, etc. It is randomly implemented specifically so that manufacturers can’t plan ahead of the scheduled inspection and a more honest and clear view of the manufacturing processes are obvious to the inspector.

Many third-party quality control businesses like Jonble will issue an official inspection certificate to the supplier if everything during the random inspection went well.

The Final Random Inspection

A final random inspection is conducted at the “final” point in the production process, usually right before products are scheduled to leave the manufacturer. This final inspection is very important because it allows the brand leaders to ensure that at this point, nothing is wrong with the products and they are fit to be delivered to customers.

In simple terms, a final random inspection or FRI is a QC process used to make sure that your products are in perfect condition after the supplier has finished making them and before they are shipped off to your customer base or retailers.

How Random Inspections are Performed

This type of inspection is done in order to ensure that your products match all of your designated specifications, boast no defects whatsoever, are properly packaged and labeled, and meet any quality standards that you’ve agreed on with your manufacturer. Depending on your industry, a random inspection will involve a varied process. However, most random inspections follow this type of formula:

  • The third-party inspection company is hired and the business schedules a random inspection with their team.
  • Your potential defect sheet is developed in detail and given over to your inspector. (See the next section.)
  • The sampling procedures or AQL (acceptance quality level) will begin. These procedures are often developed by the inspector and are statistically sound and tested for quality. AQL procedures will determine how many units to inspect and the exact number of defects that should result in a failed inspection.
  • Once your defects are sufficiently categorized and your AQL levels are decided on, the product inspection checklist should be drafted. (See the next few sections.)
  • Each procedure is performed and defects are founds and noted.
  • The inspection report is completed and given to you. Photos of defect items and quality items are often taken and included in this report.
  • In the event of any substantial critical defects, production may be stopped temporarily.

The Potential Defect Sheet

A potential defect list or sheet is vital for the inspection process. How else will your inspector know what to look for? This sheet will detail the unique specifics of your products and give your inspector a clear idea of what the product does and how it should look or function. Just as well, you’ll need to make it clear to your inspector what you would consider a minor defect, and major defect, or a critical defect.

Your list of minor defects should include slight deviations from specifications that don’t automatically make it unsaleable. The major defect list is a step higher and will list significant deviations that make the product unsaleable and very likely to be sent back to the manufacturer. A critical defect list will include problems with your product that not only make it unsaleable but makes it dangerous for the customer to even use it.

Your Inspection Checklist

This checklist will include all the areas you want your inspector to cover during the random inspection. Typically, this list will include parameters for packaging, labeling, the visual inspection, function testing, parts requirements, etc. It depends mostly on your product and niche in particular. Usually, the inspector will be involved in developing this list, but since you know more about your product than they do, you should be heavily involved.

How Jonble Can Take On Your Final Random Inspection

There are many quality control services and product inspection businesses out there, but none can take on the task of random inspections in China quite like Jonble.

Jonble is a full-service product inspection and quality control company based in China. While many suppliers will have their own in-house inspection team, the quality of such QC professionals can be a bit questionable. Because of this, it’s extremely important to bring in a third-party team that can provide an honest and thorough random inspection of your products and supplier’s facility. Jonble’s team of experienced QC professionals can easily take on this task.

Outside of random inspections, Jonble can also provide pre-shipment inspections, quality control processes, initial or pre-production checks, full whole-supplier inspections of your manufacturing facilities, sample picking services, audits, sourcing agents, and container loading inspections. You really can’t go wrong with a third-party QC business!

Whether you need inspection services for your supplier in Zhejiang, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Guangdong, Ningbo, or Shenzhen, there’s no need to search around– Jonble provides services for quality control in all provinces and cities in mainland China.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can work with your business to ensure your products are compliant with local laws and your own quality standards!