6) Factory Audit (FA)
With reference to ISO 9000, SA 8000, or the customer’s specific requirements, an auditor will perform the factory assessment. All the important elements, such as quality system procedures, production capacity, child labor, staff facilities, hygiene, etc. are audited. A Factory Assessment Report is issued by the auditor. It enables Built in China to efficiently select a high-qualified vendor base.
7) Pre Shipment Inspection (PSI)
This is carried out when at least 80% of the goods ordered are export packed. Samples are selected at random, according to sampling standards and procedures. The inspection ensures that the production is in accordance with the specifications, purchase orders or letters of credit.
8) Initial Production Check (IPC)
This process is carried out at the beginning of the production line and is based on the customer's specifications and reference sample. The Initial Production Check focuses mainly on the quality of the components and materials used in the production process. It also includes a visual check on the quality of packing materials and accessories. The inspector will also monitor the assembly process and check the first production run. The Initial Production Check allows an early (and thus cost-saving) prevention of defective components as well as timely corrections if needed.
9) Container Loading Check (CLC)
This is carried out at the manufacturer's warehouse or at the forwarder's premises. The inspector first checks the quality and quantity of the goods to be shipped to make sure that the right products will be delivered. The inspector then monitors the entire loading phase to ensure good container(s) condition and appropriate loading.
10) Rejection number
The Rejection Number is equal to the acceptance number + 1 and represents the number of defective units from which the lot is discarded. If the total number of sampled products presenting this type of defect is equal or superior to the rejection number, the production has failed.