IBIS Worldwide QC Audits, Specification & Compliance Testing Canada

 
Quality Control:
Essentially what IBIS does is maintain Quality Control on behalf of our clients, ensure that product specifications are being adhered to and that production timelines are being met.

Quality Control – Not Obstruction:
IBIS recognizes the difference between obstructing production with unnecessary procedures and our obligation to protect our client’s interest by maintaining strict quality control and insisting on contract and production schedule adherence.

Initial Verification of Production Capability and Scheduling:
IBIS assesses the production facility to ensure that that the facility is capable of producing the required units per month and that their workers have the skill sets to do so.

Pre Production Inspections Include:

• Employees on site
• Skill Sets of production staff
• Management expertise
• Equipment and Machinery on site
• Structure of the facility
• Potential Labor or regulatory issues
• Quality Control Systems in place
• Work flow, production scheduling and document control


Actual Capacity vs. Theoretical Capacity:
IBIS also verifies actual capacity. The factory may have a theoretical capacity of 200 units per month, but if our client has ordered 100 units per month and the factory is already committed to producing 125 units per month for other customers, the real capacity is only 75 units and a shortfall could impact our client.  

Permits, Licensing, Export Restrictions, IP Issues:

Worldwide QC Audits,quality control,pre production inspections IBIS verifies that the producer’s licensing requirements are in force and that there are no export restrictions or other issues with the product, intellectual property or technology transfer, the industry, the area to which the product is being exported, or the particular producer. IBIS reports on issues that could potentially impact on the producer being able to supply the product to the client or export the product to the client’s country in accordance to the contract and LC conditions.

IBIS Team Approach:
Skilled, experienced Quality Control personnel, including engineers and other experts in the particular field being examined carry out in depth inspections and report their findings. We operate in more than 40 countries.

We can and do draw on many forms of expertise, wherever and whenever the situation requires it. IBIS frequently uses outside experts to examine specific technical issues. IBIS has one of the most a highly effective and diligent inspection services operating anywhere. We speak most languages.

Skilled, experienced Quality Control personnel, including engineers and other experts in the particular field being examined carry out in depth inspections and report their findings. We operate in more than 40 countries.

We can and do draw on many forms of expertise, wherever and whenever the situation requires it. IBIS frequently uses outside experts to examine specific technical issues. IBIS has one of the most a highly effective and diligent inspection services operating anywhere. We speak most languages.

Supply Chain Monitoring:
We inspect, monitor and verify the producer’s entire supply chain to ensure that the suppliers adhere to the production schedule and Quality Assurance standards. IBIS assesses the Supply chain to verify that the components will be available and in the hands of the producer on time to assemble the unit(s). For example, no matter how credible the producer, if the producer cannot obtain a necessary component because of a problem with a supplier, or if a supplier is shipping defective components and the producer has insufficient inventory and no second source for that component, then the entire production schedule breaks down.

Timely Reporting:
IBIS files timely comprehensive reports with the client, and notifies the client immediately if there are any critical issues which threaten the successful completion of the contact within specifications and on time.

Production Quality Control and Timeline Monitoring:
IBIS monitors production at each stage and carries out inspections in order to maintain production Quality Control and ensure that production timelines are met. The supplier’s production schedule is monitored to ensure that the schedule continues to be valid and that it allows the units to be manufactured, assembled, inspected and shipped to meet the required timeline.

Financial Controls:

 IBIS recognizes that LC’S are designed to prevent financial abuses; however LC’S are increasingly prone to manipulation and fraud.

Unfortunately, some producers will obtain a large deposit, with interim LC openings, and actually ship 75% (+/-), of the order but never intend to ship the last 25% of the units. This fraud typically results in the per unit price being artificially inflated by 10% to 15% and, of course, a shortfall.

IBIS currently has financial protection and anti-fraud plans in place where the producer’s use of the client’s production funds is closely monitored to verify that client funds are used for the production of the client’s units and not otherwise.

Specification Monitoring:
Typically units also have a particular set of specifications particular to the customer. For example in a current IBIS inspection project, a large military customer required that there be 40 cm clearance road surface to bottom of the lowest point on the frame; as opposed to the 24 cm clearance on standard models.

If delivery schedules are to be met, then any problems with the clearance issue must be detected before the entire unit is assembled. Among the inspections IBIS carried out included an inspection when the chassis was assembled to ensure that the clearance met the minimum, but did not exceed a maximum clearance, to ensure stability of the unit was maintained. Other specifications unique to the order are verified at each step in the production schedule.

Benchmark Verification:
Numerous benchmarks are established and timely inspections carried out to ensure that production is on schedule, specifications are being adhered to, and the commitment of the contracted number of units per month can and will be met.

Evaluation of “Extras”:
Many orders generate extras part way through production. A technical advance may occur, the producer may offer an enhancement, or the client may request a change in their specifications after their evaluation of the first units. IBIS ensures that any changes or extras are properly applied to subsequent units before shipping.

Adherence to Contract and Testing:
IBIS tests components to verify that the contract is being adhered to: For example where a particular level of armoring is specified, IBIS randomly selects armor being applied for laboratory testing to ensure it is of the strength specified in the contract.

Final Inspection and Shipping Verification:
Following QC inspections at various steps in the process, the units are be given a final inspection, the shipping of the correct number of units with the correct specifications is verified and certified by IBIS and reported to the client.

Shipping and Insurance:

IBIS physically ensures that the products are loaded into the container(s) and handed off to the carrier prior to our client opening the final installment on the LC. IBIS also verifies with the insurance carrier that the producer’s insurance is valid and sufficient to protect the client in case of loss.

 






   

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