Quality control

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  • Quality control
    • Critical control points
      • Quality insurance is planned into the design of a product
      • Quality control checks ensure that raw materials are fit for purpose, use and produced according to specifications and the final product is safe and conforms to prescribed standards
    • 1) Raw materials check
      • Raw materials are checked to make sure they are in good condition, the correct order has been delivered from the supplier and the fabric specification has been met
      • Fabric should be clean and of the correct type, width, colour, weight and fibre content
      • Components are similarly checked; fastenings should fit together securely
    • 2)Prototype testing
      • The sample maker considers the design and making details of the product as they make a prototype
      • They trial the design and try to troubleshoot any potential cutting and sewing problems that could arise in production and pass that information back to the production manager
      • The prototype is tested against the design specification to see how successful the fabrics and components are and whether the product is safe and fit for purpose
      • At this stage the costing can also be checked
    • 3) Production sampling
      • During quality control inspections, a sample product is taken from the bath to check that it meets the manufacturing specification
      • If a fault is detected further products will be checked to see if there is a problem in the production line
      • A minor fault in an individual product can be put right to reduce the number of substandard products


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