Business Trend Ltd developed and implemented an internal method of manufacturer evaluation by means of technical audit (production capabilities assessment). We tested our method at various plants both in Russia and abroad. This method allows evaluating the technical readiness of manufacturers for production output and consistency of production & management processes. It gives an opportunity to find and fix manufacturer’s trouble areas in early stages, as well as identify production "weaknesses" to be focused on during the inspection of product manufacturing. As of 2016 we have performed over 700 technical audits of plants manufacturing or planning to manufacture a wide range of industrial products.
A typical list of processes audited during the assessment:
- Arrangement of incoming material control;
- Technological processes;
- Technological and control documentation;
- Tools, jigs and fixtures;
- Personnel qualification;
- Measurement system;
- Testing system;
- Acceptance inspection system;
- Warehouse management, management of product supporting documentation issuance;
- Shipping arrangements;
- Quality data analysis;
- Document management.