When you’re ready to bring a product to market it’s both exciting and daunting. Most businesses make keeping consumers safe their priority, but it’s still easy to let avoidable issues slip through the cracks. Whether it’s safety problems, product defects, situational hazards, or customer concerns—performing quality control tests can ensure that you save time, money, and, most importantly, retain customer loyalty.
What Is Quality Control?
Quality control can give your company confidence that the product you are bringing to market is safe, effective, and will perform well under all possible circumstances, but it goes far beyond that. In this article we will discuss the benefits of quality control and why you should be implementing quality control processes in all of your product development procedures.
What Are The Core Benefits of Quality Control?
Quality control refers to the processes that take place to ensure the maintenance, improvement, or assurance of a product’s quality. For quality control to be successful, benchmarks and defined controls must be established.
The main benefits of quality control include:
• Finding defects early on
• Minimizing variations
• Avoiding recalls
• Better use of resources
• Uniformity of product
• Customer confidence
• Employee Confidence
• Marketing advantages
• Reducing waste
• Avoiding legal problems
An example of what happens when quality control isn’t done right can be seen time and time again. Take Samsung’s Note 7 phone which began catching on fire. The faulty phones were a result of a battery malfunction that could have been avoided during the manufacturing process. Samsung had to both halt production of the phones and recall phones that consumers had purchased—not to mention the awful press that followed causing consumer distrust.
While this is an extreme example, it can show just how wrong things can go if just one thing is missed in the quality control testing process. In this particular case, it was just one part of the product that caused the entire phone to be defective.
How Do I Set Quality Control Standards For My Product?
Depending on what type of product you and producing and the industry you operate in, you may have to adhere to certain regulatory requirements and standards. However, it is also important that your organization sets its own benchmarks. Our team can help you to determine the best standards to meet and how to make potential improvements that you can make to avoid potential problems with your product.
Conclusion: ACT-LAB’s Process
ACT-LAB is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that conducts consumer product safety and compliance testing for an active world. We can help ensure that your products both meet industry standards and are inspected to ensure the utmost quality.
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