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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quality controller noun

Examples of quality control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ohio State quality control coach and assistant receivers coach Keenan Bailey explained it with one Tweet earlier this week. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State’s Chris Olave, one year after breakout vs. Michigan, keeps rising to the occasion: Friday Focus," 29 Nov. 2019 Shelton’s previous stops include a season as the quality control coach for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 and seven years as a hitting coach with the Tampa Bay Rays. Will Graves, The Denver Post, "Derek Shelton hired as Pittsburgh Pirates manager," 27 Nov. 2019 Longtime Orioles utility man Ryan Flaherty is ending his playing career to join the Padres as a quality control coach, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles announce minor league coaching staffs; Ryan Flaherty reportedly hired by Padres; Chris Davis honored," 25 Nov. 2019 Twyner, the Colts offensive quality control coach, relayed the message, but Pascal was getting antsy. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: The rise of Zach Pascal, from '8th-round' to Colts’ 'most important' receiver," 1 Nov. 2019 The performance Sunday called to mind some of Pete Carroll’s better Seahawks defenses, for which Saleh was a quality control coach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The Niners are back: Still unbeaten after D dominates Rams," 13 Oct. 2019 Then the quality control becomes massive, so that's been the hardest part of it all. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Garth Brooks on Blake Shelton Duet, Touring Stadiums & Having 'The Best Time of My Life': Exclusive," 17 June 2019 But label laws and quality control differ among states, and, the FDA warns, the amounts of THC and CBD listed on a package aren't necessarily precise. Christy Brissette, chicagotribune.com, "Milk, bread, hemp oil? On 4/20, a dietitian's guide to the cannabis items in your grocery store," 20 Apr. 2018 Adam DiMichele, who served as Temple’s offensive quality control/recruiting assistant this past season, has been named the Owls’ 10th full-time assistant football coach. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple promotes Adam DiMichele to 10th full-time assistant football coach," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of quality control

1935, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2019

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“Quality control.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quality%20control. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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