Looking to make inspection faster for part with over 100 dimensions.

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I have a customer that requires a final inspection report with each shipment. This part has over 100 dimensions which takes us a long time to do. Sometimes it can take the entire day just to finish this final inspection report and lately this has caused us to ship the part out late.


Any ideas on how to make this work better?
 
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I have a customer that requires a final inspection report with each shipment. This part has over 100 dimensions which takes us a long time to do. Sometimes it can take the entire day just to finish this final inspection report and lately this has caused us to ship the part out late.


Any ideas on how to make this work better?
We'll need a lot more details to be able to make recommendations... like what is the part? What are your manufacturing methods for this part? what inspection methods and tools are currently being used? Is there budget for automation?
But the first question is: Does planning allow time for this inspection in their schedule and has the issue been communicated to them?
 
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Seriously? Probably nothing that'll help except to start your day earlier.

Is everything all inclusive in your contract or is there "fudge factor" built in?
 

optomist1

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echoing above, details, details are needed. Is this a pure mechanical or electrical part, or a combo?

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If this is manufacturing, I would look for something that automates the system. For example, I use a CMM that reduces a 2-3 hour inspection to a 6 minute program that requires another 2 minutes to import the dimensions into excel (thanks to Excel Macros). As other above have stated, what is being inspected? Is it purely dimensional inspection or are there weird things like 'color' comparisons. There are many options to automate inspections but there is a definite cost (the CMM I have was $55,000 for full automation--and I still have to write the program once).
 

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There is some great feedback here. After dealing with this very issue in multiple industries over 40 years I can say that you (or more likely your management) are barking up the wrong tree. In summary and support:
1. The last inspection or test step that cannot be completed in time is almost never the reason a ship date is missed. The reason usually lies upstream and the parts get to the inspection step too late to be completed in the remaining time. Blaming the inspection step is like blaming the cop who wrote you a speeding ticket for being late to work. Think about it.
1a. The immediate solution is to plan for more time.
1b. You really should look at upstream processes and find the best areas to speed up those steps in some way, look for the bottle neck. Read “The Goal”. Study the TPS method of line balancing to help your planning and mfg engineering to better meet your ship date.
2. The only reliable way to speed up the inspection step is to automate it and the record. Michael M. Is correct.
3. You might discuss the need for every characteristic to be measured and recorded with the Customer but this rarely helps especially if you come across as whining about it. If you don’t have some plan to do 1 and/or 2 your customer will perceive this as whining. Been there, done that.
4. Next time ensure that your contract review process understands the requirements, planning allows the necessary time and management allocates the appropriate the resources to perform the inspection properly and efficiently.
 
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