Quality Control

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Quality Control'

A process through which a business seeks to ensure that product quality is maintained or improved and manufacturing errors are reduced or eliminated. Quality control requires the business to create an environment in which both management and employees strive for perfection. This is done by training personnel, creating benchmarks for product quality, and testing products to check for statistically significant variations.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Quality Control'

A major aspect of quality control is the establishment of well-defined controls. These controls help standardize both production and reactions to quality issues. Limiting room for error by specifying which production activities are to be completed by which personnel reduces the chance that employees will be involved in tasks for which they do not have adequate training.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Taguchi Method Of Quality Control

    An approach to engineering that emphasizes the roles of research ...
  2. Acceptable Quality Level - AQL

    A statistical measurement of the maximum number of defective ...
  3. Quality Management

    The act of overseeing all activities and tasks needed to maintain ...
  4. Six Sigma

    A quality-control program developed in 1986 by Motorola. Initially, ...
  5. Qualitative Analysis

    Securities analysis that uses subjective judgment based on nonquantifiable ...
  6. Supply Management

    A broad term describing the various acts of identifying, acquiring ...
Related Articles
  1. ogether, management and the board of directors have the ultimate goal of maximizing shareholder value.
    Investing Basics

    The Basics Of Corporate Structure

    CEOs, CFOs, presidents and vice presidents: learn how to tell the difference.
  2. Fundamental Analysis

    Vital Link: Manufacturing And Economic Recovery

    Manufacturing output is one of the clearest signs that an economy is recovering from a recession.
  3. Investing

    Doing More With Less: The Sales-Per-Employee Ratio

    If used properly, this ratio can give you insight into a company's productivity and financial health.
  4. Professionals

    You Don't Know Jack Welch

    This engineer climbed the corporate ladder to lead his company into double-digit growth.
  5. As the number of new employees increases, the marginal product of an additional employee will at some point be less.
    Investing

    More is Less: Diminishing Marginal Returns

    In formal economic terms, the law of diminishing marginal returns states that as the number of new employees increases, the marginal product of an additional employee will at some point be less ...
  6. Typically, SPEs are subsidiaries of a larger corporation.
    Investing

    How Special Purpose Entities Help Fight Risk

    A special purpose entity, sometimes called a special purpose vehicle, is a legal entity created for one very limited, particular task. Typically, SPEs are subsidiaries of a larger corporation.
  7. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.
    Professionals

    What is a SWOT Analysis?

    SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. SWOT analysis is a management tool used to identify strategies for success. It may be used to guide individual thinking, group ...
  8. Accounting is the recording of financial transactions of a business or organization.
    Professionals

    What is Accounting?

    Accounting is the recording of financial transactions of a business or organization. It also includes the process of summarizing, analyzing and reporting these transactions in financial statements.
  9. What's a Multinational Corporation?
    Investing

    What's a Multinational Corporation?

    A multinational corporation is just that – a corporation that operates in multiple nations, with a home office that coordinates global management. Being a multinational corporation is a complicated ...
  10. Investing

    What are Business Ethics?

    Business ethics is the system of laws and guidelines by which business professionals and corporations operate in a fair, legal and moral fashion. It’s a broad topic, covering everything from ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. SWOT Analysis

    A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, ...
  2. Simple Interest

    A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate ...
  3. Special Administrative Region - SAR

    Unique geographical areas with a high degree of autonomy set up by the People's Republic of China. The Special Administrative ...
  4. Annual Percentage Rate - APR

    The annual rate that is charged for borrowing (or made by investing), expressed as a single percentage number that represents ...
  5. Free Carrier - FCA

    A trade term requiring the seller to deliver goods to a named airport, terminal, or other place where the carrier operates. ...
  6. Law Of Supply And Demand

    A theory explaining the interaction between the supply of a resource and the demand for that resource. The law of supply ...
Trading Center