Quality control is an ongoing process that touches everything from purchasing to manufacturing and distribution. Usually, a high-performance weighing or counting scale is an essential component of this process. A quality control scale is typically used to help ensure that a product is being produced consistently at a set weight or number of pieces. Products delivered in an underweight state or below count could lead to customer complaints, expensive efforts to correct the order, possible legal and regulatory actions, and the risk to any ISO, Guide 17025, and food safety certifications. Usually, manufacturer overfill to prevent any underfill. While the goal of ensuring at or above product weight or count is admirable, this cautious approach can come at a cost. Consider these two examples for integrating weight data into quality!
A jar of peanut butter has a state weight of around 16 ounces. This company hasn’t integrated a high-performance scale system into its current quality control program. As a result, they fill to about 17 ounces, 1 ounce over the stated package weight, to ensure they’re not underweight. What is the cost of this overfill, then? Conversely, a high-accuracy and high-precision scale integrated into the manufacturer’s quality control system would allow the manufacturer to consistently and efficiently deliver exactly 16 ounces in each jar without overfilling it. The losses noted then become savings, and savings that quickly pay back the scale investment and begin producing ROI.
A hardware manufacturer produces a package of fasteners containing around 1,000 pieces. Due to inaccurate, lower-performance scale systems, every pack is overfilled with 1,001 pieces. What is the cost of that one extra piece that is added? Again, a high-accuracy, high-precision scale integrated into a quality control system would allow the manufacturer to consistently deliver around 1,000 pieces in every pack without overfilling, and the losses would become savings.
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