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Glossary

GLOSSARY

Acceptable Quality Level (AQL)

Acceptable Quality Level standard refers to the maximum percentage of defects that are acceptable in a sampling plan. In AQM inspection procedures, this coefficient is calculated calculated according to ISO 2859, and the chosen quality level is adapted according to the customer's requirements.

AQM Control Book (ACB)

The AQM Control Book is a book created for each of our clients, with all the documents, specifications and requirements defined by the customer for the inspection. This manual aims to achieve adequate quality controls according to the needs and specific requirements of our customers.

Factory Audit

A factory quality audit is an evaluation of a factory in order to verify its conformance to standards through a review of the production capacity of the supplier, the quality management system and its efficiency, and the supplier's capability to work with your company. AQM's factory audits are performed based on ISO 9001 standard.

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Defect classification

Defects are classified into three different categories:
critical, major and minor.

Critical defects: Defects that can endanger the safety of the user or that are not in compliance with the legislation. They are not allowed to be shipped and are the most serious defects.

Major defects: Defects affecting the aspect or the resistance of the product, making it unusable and unfit for normal distribution.

Minor defects: Defects that are beyond the defined quality standard of the product but can still be normally distributed.

During Production Inspection (DUPRO)

The During Production Inspection or In-line Inspection is a control that takes place during the manufacturing process. It is carried out when 20-50% of the production is complete. Learn more here

Final Random Inspection (FRI)

The Final Random inspection or End-of-the-line Inspection is a quality control that takes place when 100% of the goods are produced (80% packed). A random selection of pieces from the order is selected to ensure a representative sampling. Learn more here

Inspection level

The inspection level is the relation between the size of a lot (batch) and the sample size. This level is determined according to the AQL table.

ISO 2859

ISO 2859 is an international standard (also known as Military Standard 105 E and NFX 06.022) which consists of guiding sampling procedures to evaluate if a selected amount of goods will meet the customer's requirements.

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is an international standard that provides a set of standardized requirements needed for a quality management system.

Lot / Batch

A lot or a batch is the total number of products to be inspected in one or more orders.

Packing list

The Packing list is a document issued by the supplier with all the details of the composition of each carton of the order (including the color of the goods, their size, the number of pieces etc.). With this list, the quality controller can define the Picking List.

Picking list

The Picking list is a document issued by the quality controller, describing the number of cartons needed for the inspection.

Pre-Production Sample (PPS)

A pre-production sample is a sample of an item that has been made before the entire order goes into production. The PPS is sent to AQM and the quality controller can then inspect the products and check if they are conform to the sample.

Quality Inspection / Quality Control

Quality inspections are carried out by picking some pieces from the production (number of pieces defined by ISO 2859 standard and sampling), and then to check different control points required by the customer.

Quality Platform

AQM's quality platforms are projects implemented for customers who want to inspect all their orders outside factories. Platforms are generally located in your key locations, such as your warehouse. Learn more here

Textile defects

Textile defects are defects that are specific to the textile and garment industry. There are several types of defects, including: fabric (defect in the fabric), workmanship and handling (defect in the production, like knitting, and weaving …), lack of accessories etc.