|Overview: First Article Inspection|
Confirming that the initial results of a production process match requirements and specifications.
What is First Article Inspection?
John Spacey, updated on November 15, 2016
First article inspection is the detailed measurement and analysis of the initial results of a production process to make sure that results match specifications. For example, the first vehicle produced by a new production line may be tested extensively to make sure its properties match requirements. Despite the name, first article inspection isn't necessarily conducted on the very first item produced by a production process. In many cases, the first item has obvious problems that are corrected before a detailed analysis is performed. Generally speaking, first article inspection continues until the production process produces items that pass. After first article inspection, every article may be tested according to a less rigorous process or random samples may be tested as opposed to every article.
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