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2011

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Elements for Creating a Quality Control Manual
So far what you have really done in creating your quality control standards is to have introduced the reviewer to your company. You have explained to them your policy regarding quality and your commitment to providing and maintaining that quality for everything you fabricate.

Then you took the next step and introduced them to the structure of your organization by using the chart, and introduced the people. Now you are showing the reviewer your shop on paper, describing the footprint of your space and how that space is utilized on a daily basis.

A written description should be provided of the shop size by square footage, building height at the eaves, number of doors and their size, and the laydown storage area both in and outside the shop. Provide information on shipping access that is utilized by truck, rail and water.

If there is a painting area or paint booth, it should be described along with the typical product applications as well as the equipment and procedures for coating applications.

A list of each piece of equipment utilized in the production of fabricated materials needs to be included with the capacity of each. Include moving equipment, overhead cranes, forklifts and rolling stock. Information on the maintenance program for each piece should be provided.

A written description of your typical shop work flow should be provided as well. Include the process for working and staging small parts, the staging of large pieces and layout area for the fitter, the area for weldout and the final step to coating or staging for shipping.

Indicate within this description of the fabrication process the hold points for inspections as prior to and after the execution of each step. Make sure to note that the inspection is being done by someone other than the person executing the work.

This information identifies the company mindset for shop organization, and lets the reviewer know that there is a standard plan for execution of the work and quality maintenance.
Creating your QC Standards
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Shop Talk with Steve
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Estimator's Corner
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The Project Manager
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The Painter's Bucket
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