quality control


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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Spirtos expects the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, a professional organization for in vitro fertilization clinics, to come up with new quality control guidelines for alarm and tank monitoring in light of the recent incidents. Ginger Christ And Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "UH fertility clinic's incident: What we know, what we still don't," 18 Mar. 2018 Smith switched to offense in 2012 as quality control coach. Teresa M. Walker, The Seattle Times, "Titans promote tight ends assistant to offensive coordinator," 21 Jan. 2019 In 2013, Microsoft shifted the responsibility for functional testing from a separate test engineering team to the development teams themselves, as a part of an effort to maintain quality control. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 Mike Munchak hired Smith in 2011 as a defensive quality control assistant before switching him to offense. Teresa M. Walker, The Seattle Times, "New coordinator, same offense for Marcus Mariota and Titans," 5 Feb. 2019 Metro has addressed the recommendations made by OIG in its management response, and through our own [quality control] process that was already underway. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Metro’s structural inspections could not be trusted for years, culminating in falling metal, concrete at Rhode Island Avenue, IG finds," 10 May 2018 Reid, a couple of years into his tenure as Philadelphia Eagles coach, hired Toub in 2001 as a quality control special teams coach. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "3 things to know about potential Colts coach Dave Toub," 7 Feb. 2018 Quinn said there are about 20 of these quality control specialists on each shift. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Larry Knight, who was in charge of quality control for defense and recruiting, is now the director of player personnel. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple promotes Andrew Thacker to defensive coordinator," 15 Jan. 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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