What is an AQL Inspection?
AQL is a fundamental measure of standards used to complete product inspections. In line with ISO 2859-1, it refers to the lower limits of acceptable standards for consumer products over the course of a number of inspections. AQLs should be used to determine whether or not a product has met a client’s specifications.
AQLs can be set for a percentage or number of critical, major and minor defects. Critical defects – 0% are not acceptable as a user could be harmed, the product is not compliant with regulations, or the defect results in product failure.
Major defects – 2.5% represents defects that result in the product being considered unacceptable by the end user and minor defects – 4%, are a failure to meet specifications in ways that most buyers would still accept.
What are the benefits of AQL quality control inspections?
AQL could be a preferable method to testing every single product in a batch. If you are only purchasing products in small volumes, you probably have the resources to test everything but as quantities rise, rigorous testing becomes harder to manage in terms of time and cost.
AQL is a robust statistical model that has been used very successfully over many years. However, an AQL inspection will not guarantee a defect-free experience as some defects will go undetected. AQL will simply allow you to select the percentage of defects that you are willing to accept and can be a sensible option when it comes to gaining valuable insights about your products in your supply chain.
AQL sampling is a practical and effective way to perform quality assurance on an order of manufactured goods to reduce the risk prior to accepting an order. Backed by the industry knowledge and experience of nearly 1,500 professionals, in more than 20 countries, HQTS is well-suited to be your partner in quality.
Combine this with HQTS’ quality standards and services and you have a powerful, profitable and productive commercial proposition. HQTS will help ensure your packaging is up to the task and that your goods are effectively secure and protected throughout the transport process. Contact us here today for more information or any questions you may have.