Reasons why manufacturing facilities should be selected with caution and then audited thoroughly :-
There are many pitfalls in setting up direct supply links with Foreign Manufacturing Facilities . The excitement of visiting foreign countries to inspect manufacturing facilities people can find it an adrenaline rush , so don't get caught up in the moment .
If your Project Manager has no experience in Tyre Manufacture , this is not an ideal situation for setting up a solid long term business relationships. The famous so called "Cooks Tour" through a factory, observing all this specialized equipment and the complicated manufacturing process for the uninitiated will most certainly leave you somewhat awed and in some cases bewildered leaving those important points hidden .
STS also provides Post Audit support , which includes the following :-
A Factory Audit includes the following
1. Reviewing Raw Material Sourcing.
2. Assessment of Equipment Capability.
3. Manufacturing Process Evaluation.
4. Reviewing Quality Control Systems .
5. Conducting Destructive Testing .
6. Assisting in Tyre Design Engineering .
7. Assessing Compound Capability.
Why the Tyre Factory Audit :-
Don't get caught out ..... use somebody from the tyre industry who can identify potential design and process problems quickly . A trained eye will quickly pick up any latent weakness in Design , Raw Materials and Process .
Experience has shown that millions of Dollars can be wasted , resulting in major Project delays. The only possible outcome is a frustrated Customer . These potential hazards can easily be avoided if the initial ground work is done properly .
Audit the facility and assess the Quality Systems properly. Sometimes it turns out that the operation may require large investment to bring the product up to an acceptable standard . Once committed it is very difficult to back out of the project , or shift your business elsewhere .