The raw materials shall passed incoming quality inspection to assure that the requirements with regards to material specifications have been satisfied. Appearance, dimension, and environment-related chemical substances should be checked to verify that the materials to be used comply with the specifications.During production processes, the proper methods on how to manufacture the product should be follow to achieved the desired quality specification. There are different factors to be considered in order to achieved desired quality. It includes inspection methods, machine parameters settings, working environment, material quality, employee skills, working methods, and others. Trainings on how to perform the process should be done regularly. Introduction of new machines to uplift productivity and quality is also an option.
The campaign to eliminate production wastes such as unnecessary movements, high rejection rates, transportation, overstocks, and others should be properly enforced.Finally, outgoing inspection should be conducted to verify if the products produced in production processes comply with the requirements and specifications of customer. The inspection methods should be based on inspection standards wherein the appearance characteristics, dimensional requirements, and environment-related chemical substances should be checked prior to shipment. Once any abnormality was found during inspection, corrective measures is necessary to implement and re-inspection shall be done if the countermeasures was properly enforced.Quality Assurance Techniques provide you latest information, updates, and techniques about quality management system. There is no best way of doing things, there is always a room for improvement.
Difference Between Quality Assurance (QA) and Value Addition (VA)
Many people, even those who are working as QA, do not know the difference between quality assurance (QA) and value addition (VA). These terms are closely related, but they are different concepts. Though these two are important to manage the risks of creating and publishing a document, it is important the editors understand the differences.
Quality Assurance: Activities designed to ensure that the maintenance process is fulfilled and the end product meets the requirements of the client.
Value Addition: Activities designed to evaluate a created article. This system is designed to check for errors and take the corrective measures to maintain the best quality.
QA activities are there to ensure that the defined process is adequately followed. A QA person will focus on the process activities of a project if any of the process is followed correctly or skipped. QA is process based. It is similar to an activity to set a specific temperature for a controlled environment, and then review if it is followed. VA is a routine check to monitor what an editor do while following the process of editing.
QA and VA are interdependent on each other. While a QA do a routine check on the products during the process and a VA assures if the quality policy and regulations are strictly followed.
VA – product, reactive, line function, find the defects
QA – process, pro-active, staff function, prevent the defects
There is a thin line of difference between these two roles. Yet, there always exist a cold war, a war between a person in the managerial role and a person assuring quality.
Acknowledgment: Knowledge gained by reading various resources available in the net.