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Quality Control

What is 'Quality Control'

Quality control is a process through which a business seeks to ensure that product quality is maintained or improved and manufacturing errors are reduced or eliminated. Quality control requires the business to create an environment in which both management and employees strive for perfection. This is done by training personnel, creating benchmarks for product quality, and testing products to check for statistically significant variations.

Explaining 'Quality Control'

Quality control involves testing of units and determining if they are within the specifications for the final product. The purpose of the testing is to determine any needs for corrective actions in the manufacturing process. Good quality control helps companies meet consumer demands for better products.

Quality Control Measures Depend on the Product

The quality control a business uses is highly dependent on the product. In food and drug manufacturing, quality control includes ensuring the product does not make a consumer sick, so the company performs chemical and microbiological testing of samples from the production line. Because the appearance of prepared food affects consumer perception, the manufacturers may prepare the product according to its package directions for visual inspection. In the automobile manufacturing, quality control focuses on the way that parts fit together and interact and ensuring engines operate smoothly and efficiently. In electronics, testing might involve using meters that measure the flow of electricity.

The Role of Quality Control Inspectors

Quality control inspectors protect the consumer from defective products and the company from damage to its reputation due to inferior manufacturing processes. If the testing process reveals issues with the product, the inspector has the option of fixing the problem himself, returning the product for repairs or tagging the product for rejection. When issues arise, the inspector notifies supervisors and works with them to correct the problem.


Further Reading

Accruals quality and internal control over financial reportingAccruals quality and internal control over financial reporting
meridian.allenpress.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

The use of statistical quality control tools to quality improving in the furniture businessThe use of statistical quality control tools to quality improving in the furniture business
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

Audit‐firm tenure and the quality of financial reportsAudit‐firm tenure and the quality of financial reports
onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

Quality of financial reporting choice: Determinants and economic consequencesQuality of financial reporting choice: Determinants and economic consequences
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

Trends in park tourism: Economics, finance and managementTrends in park tourism: Economics, finance and management
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

Do economic, financial and institutional developments matter for environmental degradation? Evidence from transitional economiesDo economic, financial and institutional developments matter for environmental degradation? Evidence from transitional economies
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

The financial accelerator and the flight to qualityThe financial accelerator and the flight to quality
www.nber.org [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …

Audit committee quality, auditor independence, and internal control weaknessesAudit committee quality, auditor independence, and internal control weaknesses
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… assurance, and the emergence of ideas such as; company-wide quality control, total quality … 158 European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences - Issue 34 (2011 … management (TQM): The American society for quality defines total quality management (TQM …


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