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Definition of quality control 

: an aggregate of activities (such as design analysis and inspection for defects) designed to ensure adequate quality especially in manufactured products

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Russian rocket flew only once almost half a decade ago and its production line in Siberia was plagued with years-long delays and quality control problems, though Russian officials say all the issues will soon be resolved. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Riled Up About Being Left Behind in Space," 10 Oct. 2018 Vision-sensing devices can be used all through the sausage-making process, from measuring to inspecting for defects to quality control on the final product, Mr. Hosler said. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "See Food: Why Robots Are Producing More of What You Eat," 11 Sep. 2018 In Guatemala, Taracena had been a quality control worker at a Chiquita banana packing house. Miriam Jordan, The Seattle Times, "Separated for 51 days, a reunited migrant family starts a new life in Oregon," 10 Sep. 2018 With key advantages like higher quality control and faster build time, prefab construction helped solve the postwar American housing crisis and is responsible for some of the most inventive modern homes today. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "How to build a prefab smart home from scratch," 6 Aug. 2018 Fullei offers consumers long shelf life (30-45 days) due to its constant quality control and cold-chain covering growing, processing, packaging and shipment. Joseph A. Mann Jr., miamiherald, "Fullei Fresh puts sprouts on your table | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Airbnb’s lack of quality control has at times been problematic for the company, according to Dr. Rummy Pandit, the executive director of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University in New Jersey. New York Times, "From New Airbnb Plus, Properties With More Amenities," 22 Feb. 2018 Ask what kind of quality control a supervisor would provide. Blake Farmer, Washington Post, "Support Circle: Family Caregivers Share Stories And Tips To Ease Alzheimer’s Toll," 11 July 2018 Akorn officials later acknowledged a senior executive who oversaw quality control fabricated testing results for azithromycin and submitted them to the FDA when the product was being considered for approval in 2012, according to court filings. Bloomberg.com, "Akorn Accused of Sending Phony Data to FDA on Antibiotic," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of quality control

1935, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of quality control

What It Is

Quality control is the act of ensuring that a company's goods and services are built and delivered to spec, on time and at the appropriate cost.

How It Works

For example, let's assume that Company XYZ makes widgets. The widgets come in blue and pink. To ensure that all the widgets are the same color pink and that the dye department is making the color consistently, it might create a quality control team that takes random samples of widgets and compares them for color consistency. If the team finds any variance, it has the authority to stop the production line until the process is corrected.

Quality control is not the same as quality assurance. Quality control usually monitors the finished product; quality assurance monitors the integrity of the production process.

Why It Matters

Quality control is a crucial part of managing a successful company. If customers receive or perceive inconsistent products and services, they will stop coming or become less loyal. For this reason, a variety of management strategies, including just-in-time manufacturing, total quality management (TQM) and six sigma have been developed to help companies produce higher-quality products.

People in the food industry are especially sensitive to quality control, as any defect or inconsistency in a product can create recalls, bad reviews and lower sales.

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English Language Learners Definition of quality control

: the activity of checking goods as they are produced to make sure that the final products are good

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