A digital checklist makes it easier to detect deviations during initial sample inspection, thus avoiding costly production delays.
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A First Article Inspection (FAI) checklist, is used for the examination of a first article. In the sampling process for acceptances of production parts and products, the first article inspection is an elementary quantity. This involves checking whether a product from the first production run meets design requirements.
However, quality managers also perform initial sampling when there is a 2-year production backlog or when there are significant changes to the product, including design, manufacturing source/process, manufacturing location, tooling/materials, or computer program that affect fit, form, or function. Typically, a checklist is used for the initial sample inspection.
In the resulting report, responsibilities for product characteristics are documented. Such checklist testing can reduce costly production delays by ensuring that manufacturing processes produce a result that meets design requirements.
In order to effectively test a first article sample, the conditions must be exactly the same as those for mass production. Initial samples are important in order to obtain approval of the product for production as a series part and its delivery. For this purpose, the initial sample must originate from a representative production run:
Furthermore, the initial sample inspection means for producer and client that the following items correspond to the final series status:
There are various scenarios under which contractors must conduct an initial sample inspection to meet their obligations to the customer. Basically, they all relate to factors that have an impact on the product (part):
There are so many occasions why a first article inspection becomes necessary again and again. All the better if a checklist can be used to document the evaluations more clearly. In addition, the responsible persons are listed exactly what sue have to examine or what they have to pay attention to, as for example:
With the help of a checklist, no check will be forgotten! In addition,
With Lumiform's mobile app and desktop software, quality auditors streamlinetheir FAI documentation and reporting. This improves product quality and avoids costly production delays
With Lumiform, problems are reported in an instant and corrective actions are quickly assigned to responsible colleagues. Easy communication with all team members and third-party vendors enables internal processes to be improved and emerging defects to be resolved up to four times faster. In addition, with the powerful inspection app, quality inspectors can: