Prepare a master Inspection register where each package is assigned an excel page named after the package and has bench mark phases (purchase order date, test dates, Kick Off Meeting date, Pre Inspection Meeting (PIM) date, release date); name and location of supplier, name and location of major sub supplier, name of lead and back up inspector.
Add any other information that is frequently used.
Prepare an Inspection schedule with dates for witness and hold points. Use the fabrication schedule for finding the tentative dates.
Prepare an list of required inspection specialty and number of inspectors. Try having a small inspection team rather than using ad hoc inspectors. If you are using Ad hoc inspectors, consider allocating extra time for document review and history check.
Short list, interview and select lead inspector and back up inspectors.
While interviewing, give them a real scenario and ask them how they will deal with the situation.
Prior to the interview, explain the project and package and only ask them practical type of questions.
Ensure they have the right attitude.
Long term inspectors are more loyal and efficient than ad hoc inspectors.
While selecting inspectors, consider proximity to the supplier’s premises.
Never employ inspector who are retired from the same supplier; they are more loyal to the supplier than the client.