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and from Danny Schaeffler of Engineering Quality Solutions (EQS)...
Root Cause Defect Analysis: Working with Your Supplier (or, It's Your Problem Even When It's Not Your Problem)
If you're involved in metal stamping, you've surely encountered material defects. In order to get some response from your supplier, it helps for the two of you to speak the same language. By being able to provide some specifics, you might improve your chances of convincing your supplier to take responsibility for the defects.
First and foremost, save a sample or two that illustrates the defects. If it's something that shows up only after you've performed some processing operation, such as stamping, painting, or heat treatment, save samples from the incoming material from the supplier as well as post-processing samples that show the defect. This will simplify troubleshooting, particularly if you can also include identification information such as shipping number, lift number, coil number, and heat number.
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