QUALITY ASSURANCE MANUAL
10.0 IN-PROCESS INSPECTION
10.1 To assure that the proper quality level and all contractual obligations are met, all
parts, processes and work-affecting items are subject to inspection.
10.2 It is the Quality Control Supervisor's responsibility to establish inspection points
and wherever and whenever it is necessary to guarantee this TOOL SPECIALTY COMPANY policy.
10.3 The preparation, maintenance of and compliance with work instructions shall be
monitored, as a function of the Quality Control Department.
10.4 Any tooling or fixtures being used to produce customer parts is subject to periodic
inspection and a record of its performance is kept on file in the Quality Control
Department (Ref: Form QC 013).
10.5 The accuracy of all measuring instruments used in the manufacturing of customer parts
will be controlled by the Quality Control Department, and a dated record of periodic calibrations kept
on file in Quality Control.
10.6 The calibration of measuring and testing equipment shall be in accordance with
acceptable and proven industry methods and standards.
10.7 The Quality Control Supervisor shall have the authority to eliminate the use of any
non-complying measuring device.
10.8 A first part inspection will be performed at every operation outlined on the process
sheet or work order, as directed by the Quality Control Supervisor in conjunction with the
10.9 Results of this inspection will be entered on a "First Article Inspection
Form" (Form QC 010) and kept in the customer records file in the Production P1
10.10 Upon acceptance of the operation by the inspector, the inspector will sign it off in
the appropriate space on the process sheet or work order.
10.11 After first article approval, it is the operator's or worker's responsibility to
maintain that same quality level as approved by the inspector.
10.12 Roving Inspections will be executed throughout the duration of the operation to assure
10.13 If discrepant parts are discovered during the roving inspection, a "Discrepant
Material Report" (Form QC 011) must be filled out and a disposition decided on.
The parts may possibly be reworked to blueprint specifications or scrapped.
10.14 No one is to perform any operation on the process sheet or work order unless the previous
operation is signed off by either Quality Control, the department supervisor or the area
lead person, as required by Standard Operating Procedures.
10.15 All "work orders" or process sheets shall provided for a Quality Control
in Process Inspection, and a final inspection after each critical operation or process of
an "order" of cutting tools prior to staging for the next operation or process.
10.16 The Quality Control Department will provide specific inspection procedures in
coherence with any special contractual requirements.
10.17 Any inspection data will be held in records in the Production Planning Department
for customer review.
10.18 Any parts or material determined to be scrap must be permanently marked as such,
placed in a special holding area, and disposed of as quickly as possible.
10.19 Recurring discrepancies either with vendor parts or materials of TOOL SPECIALTY
COMPANY'S manufactured parts, or assemblies, will trigger a "Trouble Investigation
Report." Purchasing (with the assistance of Quality Control) and/or the manager will
take the necessary procedures for corrective action.