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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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There have also been problems with quality control in manufactured parts for the plant. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Future of Last U.S. Nuclear Plant Remains Uncertain Amid Talks," 25 Sep. 2018 Joyner told commissioners his office has tried to simplify the process, and to have more quality control in the assessor’s office. Steve Harrison And Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Commercial property value is booming. Could it lower taxes for some Meck homeowners?," 25 Jan. 2018 Whoever does snatch it up, a team is already in place to build out the Wall House (and make small cosmetic updates to the Alice Ball House), with Bakh’s firm handling project management and quality control for the whole process. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "‘Livable version’ of Philip Johnson’s Glass House hits the market," 13 Sep. 2018 Akorn's former head of quality control was fired over the scandal and the company is still investigating the testing failures. Jef Feeley, chicagotribune.com, "Akorn's lax computer security linked to deal cancellation," 10 July 2018 Then Andy Reid rang, offering Pederson a job as the offensive quality control coordinator on his Eagles staff. Greg Bishop And Ben Baskin, SI.com, "A Play Call for the Ages and a (Backup) QB That Amazes: How the Eagles Won Super Bowl LII," 6 Feb. 2018 Scott Turner is an offensive analyst at the University of Michigan and previously worked for the Panthers as an offensive quality control coordinator from 2011-12. USA TODAY, "AP source: Panthers interviewing Turner for coordinator spot," 11 Jan. 2018 But by 1940, the company — desiring quality control and consistency — bought a factory in Hollywood. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Thrifty ice cream — a portal to childhood — is being sold to Albertsons. What does that mean for its future?," 18 May 2018 The 1979 Ramona High School alumnus has a Cinderella story to tell, starting with wanting to be an interior decorator after graduating to taking leadership roles in project management and quality control and assurance. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Detours in life lead to construction success," 8 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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