By George Huang Transparency in manufacturing can make or break a retailer or distributor’s image. A factory collapse at Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza in 2013 led to over 1,100 deaths. Walmart and other retailers with goods being produced there received huge backlash and negative PR from the disaster. And what’s worse, many of these retailers had […]
by Renaud Anjoran As one might expect, the food industry takes safety issues (i.e. not making consumers sick) very seriously. The main standards don’t focus on “quality” (i.e. making sure the taste is good) but on “safety”. It seems like not a month goes by without a serious food scandal in China, so I thought it would […]
by Renaud Anjoran I saw several people mentioning fake certificates recently in the context of Chinese manufacturing. While I know there are many fake product certificates, I don’t think there are many fake ISO 9001, ISO 14001, or ISO/TS16949 certificates. My point of view is simple. There are many registrars, and many “consultants” that “guarantee a pass” and […]
by Kamal Mohta Recently, the government of India made the BIS certificate mandatory for certain items, including LED lights and few electronic goods, for custom clearance for goods imported from China or other countries. This has a wider implication on future imports to India after 6th May 2015.
by Asia Quality Focus team ASTM D 5276 – 98(2009) is a standard test method for drop test of loaded containers (cartons) by free fall. It is the reference for the ISTA 1A procedure which falls under the shock test category. Quality control inspection companies often simply refer to it as the carton drop test. This test […]