An Evaluation of an Alternative Approach to Quality Control or Assurance and the Effects It Could Have on the Functions of the

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An evaluation of an alternative approach to quality control or assurance and the effects it could have on the functions of the business and how it achieves its objectives.

Alternative method for Quality Control that FPS can use
Quality control is a system for ensuring the maintenance of proper standards in manufactured goods, especially by periodic random inspections of the product. A strategy that can be used to ensure this and to suit FPS is to test each individual compartment separately this also add value because your in the process of assembling different products to form fire extinguishers. Don't get me wrong however you would still have to check the final product but there is a higher percentage that it would work than leaving it to inspect at the end. As I said in my other assignment FPS don't actually manufacture there products the buy them from other manufacturers and then put them together to form for e.g. a fire extinguisher. Instead of FPS tested their products once they have been made, they should test each individual pieces separately this will not only just save them time but with the environmental issue of waste it would be reduces and costs would be less. This is because if you had a fire extinguisher with all the components together and then tested it and found a default it is more expensive because with having all the pieces together and not knowing exactly which one isn't working it will be more expensive as you may have components in perfect working order but have to scrap it because it has been tested. Without spending numerous sums of money and then having found a default and perhaps it's more than one component it would be idealistic to check them before adding them all together. If you were making a fire extinguisher it would feel as though by testing each component it takes longer than actually producing the hole fire extinguisher but infact this way will guarantee your product not only will work it also will be at a better standard than it would have been. The compartments that make a fire extinguisher are: Cylinder - Holds extinguishing agent and expelling gases

Handle - Used to carry and hold extinguisher
Trigger - When pressed, releases extinguishing agent through hose and nozzle Nozzle or Horn - Agent expelled through these items
Pressure Gauge - Shows pressure of the extinguishing agent being stored in the cylinder. The indicator should be in the green area. But Co2 extinguishers do not have a pressure gauge. And the process FPS take to make it are fitting them together, filling, labelling, bonding, packing ad distributing. If for e.g. instead of waiting for the product to made to find the handle breaks because the cylinder was made to heavy or the handle wasn't strong enough they should test it individually. If you just got the cylinder and the handle together and picked it up and it fell off/broke then you would know what your problem was and could deal with it their and then rather than wasting extra components as you got to keep testing it to see what the problem was, this way it would get dealt with efficiently and quickly.

Evaluate the impact of your suggested method on the functions of the business. The functions of business are:
•Human resources
•Research and development
My strategy can have an affect on each one of these functions and below I will explain how this is.

Within this department it deals with the money side, with what ever you do you always need money. In deals with money coming in and out of the business and with my strategy it plays a major roll. Finance department will set limits for the company to spend on the production of the fire extinguishers. The budget that they set can't go over that price. So to ensure that they do not go over budget and by making mistakes such as leaving it to be tested once it has been produced that can be the reason why they can go over budget . With setting a limit of...
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