Inspections are normally
required by clients to ensure that a product or equipment under construction
at a factory is in compliance with their specifications and applicable
A simple verification of factual
construction, design and performance may not be enough.
The inspector needs to
understand the technical aspects of the applicable design specifications
and also evaluate whether the product or equipment actually fulfils all
It is often noted that some
field inspection work is carried out as simple “verification” of tests or
actions performed by a manufacturer.
Our inspectors normally go
beyond this rather simplified general understanding of what should be
provided when the client is requesting second and third party inspections.
Our target is to provide the
client with as much information as possible in the form of narrative
reports, records and photographs of any inspection assignment we carry out.
We deliver flash reports as
requested immediately upon completed inspections and full reports normally
within 24 hours of completed visit.
When requested by the client we
attend kick-off meetings and pre-inspection meetings in order to assist the
client to detect possible future problems any manufacturer may encounter in
production, component and material selection or testing.
We have long experience of
several manufacturers in Finland and in the Nordic countries. This helps us
to predict future problems in production and testing which may result in
non-conforming products. If detected at an early stage such problems can be
avoided and the product, whatever it is, will be delivered on time and in
compliance with client requirements.
The general problems in industry
appear to be the long chain of communication between end user and
manufacturer. We have noticed that many technical requirements are filtered
along the chain and the manufacturer receives an internal company order
which may differ considerably from end user specifications.
Making changes to a finished
product is time consuming and expensive and in some cases impossible. Both
seller and buyer lose time and money if the product is not delivered on
time and if it does not comply with client requirements.
We offer our technical services
to both sellers and buyers to identify such potential deviations before
they are beyond the point of correction.
The success of expediting work
is very much depending on how well the purchase order and specifications
have been understood by vendors and sub-vendors.
The expeditor’s work is made
easier if the need of corrective actions for non-conforming products or
components is minimized from the start.
Expediting manufacturers, which
mainly operate as assembly workshops of components provided by a large
number of sub-suppliers, is difficult and in some cases almost impossible.
E.g. castings may be produced by
foundries on the other side of the world. It may be impossible to press the
delivery times of such sub-vendors. All these issues can also be
highlighted at kick-off meetings. Critical components to be produced for
the end product can be identified and put under special surveillance.