Different types of inspections
As a professional third party inspection company, we can provide many different types of inspections (Related: 5 Types of Inspections) during the different period of production, and even during the loading of shipping containers. But there is a inspection called First Article Inspection (FAI), it also called Initial Quality Control. But what is a First Article Inspection Service and is it useful?
What’s First Article Inspection Service (FAI)?
First, the FAI takes place when factory started to produce the first mass production samples, usually when 1%-10% of your order has been produced.
It focuses on the quality of the finished products, not the quality of the raw materials which is done during a Pre-Production Inspection.
Compare the products to the sample, in order to find any potential problems with the product early on. In order to comfirm all of the raw materials have arrived at the factory, inspector also check the status (such as the storage conditions) and the quantity of the raw materials ,but the goal of the FAI is to inspect the quality of the products that have been finished, and find any defects that may exist.
Now, you will find that FAI can save much time and money, because the potential problems and defects can be corrected early in the process instead of when all the goods have been produced. Factory don’t need to finding defects at the end of production and having to reproduce everything any more.
From what the mentioned above, First Article Inspection can save the factory importer valuable time and money, also well for clients. Last but not least, after First Article Inspection Service, you will to perform a better inspection such as a Pre-shipment Inspection, and make sure the factory have taken all necessary steps to correct any defects. Then after that you will get a good result for your shipment