So it is of vital importance to check through inspection at vendor facility for the quality compliance of every single item, no matter how small. These items range from raw materials to finished products.
These items include pipes and tubes; equipment ranging from valves, process skids, pumps, turbines, tanks, motors, control panels; components to boilers, motors, engines for anything from lifting equipment to reactor vessels, electrical and electronic devices.
Any purchase carries a risk. If a part is faulty, but the fault is not detected at the source, the risk of something going wrong becomes not only embedded within the new asset, but also has significant impact on the schedule of a massive projects. Items such as tanks, control valves, and process skids involve various processes such as welding, painting and Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT). Each of the steps in these projects carries a significant consequence on the compliance of the final product.
Why Vendor Inspection / Supplier Quality Surveillance?
If we choose to inspect materials and equipment parts on arrival, there are many significant risks: late assessment (if equipment is defective, there will be delays for new supply); lack of costly testing/measuring setup that normally available only at the vendor’s workshop; the inability to perform thorough inspection of onsite conditions without dismantling it; and the inability to check items that have become hidden when the piece of equipment is assembled.
Why Vendor Expediting?
On any procurement, delays in delivery of materials and equipment to the project designation would not only affect the cost of the equipment, but also have significant impact on the overall project schedule.