Supplier Quality Assurance, It’s More than a Checked Box
Quality, is more than just a checked box. It is about safety, reliability, repeatability, profitability and is vital to your company’s bottom line.
How important is a suppliers Quality Assurance program to your business? How often do you search for a Pipe, Valve and Fitting (PVF) supplier, and don’t ask questions about a prospective supplier’s quality program? Sometimes they merely ask a single question: “Do you have a quality program?” with a check in a box.
The consequences of product failure in an industrial plant can be catastrophic, and rework because of a failed product wastes resources, time and money. Selecting a low-price supplier without a robust quality program could be an expensive choice. Industrial operations require predictability and minimal disruption to the work process, which, in turn, depend on products that perform reliably.
Many factors can negatively impact product quality, so you must be diligent in vetting potential suppliers that are worthy of becoming your long-term partners. Learn about how a supplier operates their comprehensive quality assurance program that is dedicated to supplying products that meet manufacturing specifications. They should maintain redundancies in supply and logistics, monitor its own suppliers through meticulous product testing and rigorously maintain a comprehensive Approved Manufacturers List (AML). Quality should be driven from the top down, existing as part of the overarching company culture.
Ask the right questions
To find the right supplier,ask them to do more than check a simple box. You have to dig deeper and ask the right questions—tough questions—that demonstrate a supplier not only deserves your trust, but can deliver what you deserve most: Peace of mind.
About Wolseley Industrial Group’s quality program:
Wolseley Industrial Group’s quality program is the greatest value we provide our customers as a trusted supplier. We are dedicated to the safe operation of the industries we serve, knowing that the products we supply are critical to the safe operation of their facilities.