An Overview of Manufacturing Audits
To ensure the smooth functioning of one's business, it is imperative to ensure that the supply chain side of the company is working efficiently. To ensure the effective functioning of the supply chain and for uninterrupted goods supply, it is essential to thoroughly vet existing and potential suppliers to assess the capability of the supplier to produce products that adequately meet the needs of one’s business and the risks associated with such supplier like the quality of the products made, timely delivery of the products, fluctuation in price among other things. To reduce the number of risks involved, businesses conduct factory audits to assess the manufacturing capability of the supplier and to assess and improve upon the myriad of risks involved.
Manufacturing audits area comprehensive and systematic valuation of the manufacturing process with a view to identifying and finding solutions to problems during different stages of manufacture. It mainly involves a myriad of aspects like the capacity of the manufacturer, systems used, and workplace environment in order to ensure that the manufacturer is capable of producing goods that fit well with a business’ specifications and requirements.A manufacturing audit is a comprehensive assessment procedure to understand the process it is performing satisfactorily. A manufacturing audit is usually associated with small production units. However, the manufacturing processes involved are thoroughly reviewed an audit supplements the normal quality control processes that are involved in assessing the efficiency and quality of the processes involved. A manufacturing audit is a process that is conducted to ensure manufacturing processes are under control. It also helps indicate the willingness of the business commitment to continuous improvement and to move beyond the status quo.
Manufacturing audits are conducted either by an internal audit team or can be outsourced to an independent auditing company, and the order process can be a single audit or an ongoing process. A third party audit partner like Corpbiz can ensure high standards of quality and transparency in the manufacturing audit conducted. Manufacturing audits of a manufacturing company can take anywhere from a day to two weeks depending on the manufacturing unit, the number of processes to be reviewed in a business, the machinery and the size of the company.
Benefits of Manufacturing Audits
A manufacturing audit can be extremely beneficial in assessing compliance with certifications and regulations, improving manufacturing processes in order to reduce costs and to increase efficiency and conducting an audit of new suppliers or manufacturers.
There are many advantages of conducting a manufacturing audit, and some of them are as follows:
Manufacturing Audit Checklist
When deciding to conduct a manufacturing audit, it is imperative to have in place an auditing strategy in order to make the audit a success. It is highly essential to have an internal audit checklist for one’s manufacturing company or production unit.
A manufacturing audit checklist can include the below mentioned:
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Manufacturing Audit Process Requirements
A good and comprehensive manufacturing audit requires the following:
Manufacturing Audit Process
Manufacturing audit largely depends upon the size of the manufacturing unit, the processes involved, the products being produced and the specific requirements of the client. Standard manufacturing audit shall include:
A technical manufacturing audit generally involves the above mentioned processes; however, a department audit or review shall include the following:
Corpbiz Manufacturing Audit Expertise
The manufacturing audits conducted by Corpbizcomply with internationally recognised standards like the ISO 9000 standards for quality management systems. All our auditors are qualified professionals with proven expertise in their field experience, and they undergo regular assessment and training. While conducting a manufacturing audit, Corpbiz auditors carry out extensive assessments of the manufacturing process and the management systems. Our standard manufacturing audit involves the following:
Our manufacturing audit packages a customisable and now for a high degree of flexibility to show the specific needs of every business. The following services can also be included in the evaluation process conducted by Corpbiz: