- 11th December 2017
Quality Control processes in luxury packaging
MW Luxury Packaging Operations Director Robin Argyrou explains the Quality Control Processes involved in high-end Luxury Packaging.
At MW, our packs are uniquely fabricated and frequently involve skilled hand assembly of complex materials. Because of the intricate nature of our work, we have tailored our quality assurance program to our specific requirements. It’s typical for our packs to house primary items worth thousands of pounds. As a result, the packaging must be tied up in the consumer’s experience and the journey they go on with these luxury items – quality expectations for these packs, in other words, are extremely
Managing these projects, especially for MW’s larger clients, involves many decision-makers: marketing teams, design agencies, procurement teams, quality engineers, technicians and project managers. As you can imagine, it is very challenging to deliver to the expectations of everyone involved!
MW’s product development teams are responsible for managing our projects, ensuring completion on time, to budget, and to quality expectations. The process starts with risk assessment during the product development stage; this helps to ensure the design and construction will meet the necessary requirements. We evaluate the design and manufacturing processes using the industry standard FMEA (Failure Modes and effects analysis) method. This helps us evaluate risk before we begin; over the course of the project’s evolution we continually review and update using FMEA. Once a design has been chosen, a sample is created; we then move to the testing stage.
All products are tested in the MW laboratory, where dedicated technicians use state of the art equipment to evaluate our packs for performance, functionality, and durability. We test products at every key stage, focusing on vibration, compression, drop and climatic testing, and ensuring the product remains safe during transit. Additional testing is carried out to review the product for functionality, performance, and adherence to global chemical compliance.
On the manufacturing side, developing these complex packs involves multiple suppliers within our network. The knowledge and
With visual inspection, our quality control procedure is tailored depending upon the complexity of the product and the risk assessment. We can carry out 100% inspections; alternatively, we can inspect a random sample that will accurately represent the entire batch. Overall, MW’s quality control is stricter than the industry standard.
MW’s QC inspectors monitor the final assembly lines, and visually check products using a document that has been agreed with all stakeholders. During this period, they compare the product to golden samples and colour decal standards; this inspection also includes functional testing. All inspection results are recorded and analysed to ensure quality expectations are being achieved. Any areas of concern are addressed in non-conformance reports; these help us to understand the root cause of a problem and develop a corrective action plan.
To ensure maximum safety, security and quality, MW also employs the services of expert third party inspection agencies such as
Source: News Packaging, No 34.