Commissioning QC & Expediting Services
Commissioning definition – what is commissioning?
Commissioning of projects is part of the provisional, followed by the final acceptance and handover of a total system and its components to a client. It must be demonstrated that the building bound installations or industrial installation and such machines have been designed, installed, function, tested, operated and can be maintained in accordance with the operational requirements stated in the contract with the customer.
A commissioning process can, of course, be applied to new projects but can also be used to existing systems and units that are being expanded, renovated and even dismantled. The commissioning process consists of an integrated application of concatenated procedures and engineering techniques to control, inspect and test every operational part and function of the installation: from single functions to complex assembled modules, systems and subsystems.
In principle, this can be distinguished in all the project phases of an installation system or machine, from the basic and detailed design, procurement, manufacturing, assembly, startup, and the test run, including the final handover of the relevant unit to the client/owner. The commissioning process often also includes support in the operational phase, such as the first year of preventive/planned maintenance, training in operational operation and maintenance and delivery of service parts.
Expediting definition – what is expediting?
Expediting is a management concept for purchasing and is mainly used for (large) projects to guarantee the quality and timely delivery of goods and parts.
This service can be provided by the client’s (primarily the main project contractor, but could also be a customer or end-user) procurement department in consultation with the quality department or externally hired inspector expeditors.
The progress of the manufacture at the supplier and the contract conformity of the product quality, packaging and established timelines are checked. The primary purpose of expediting is to have goods arrive with the agreed quality, location and approved time and date. Expediting facilitates and monitors a process and guarantees, coordinates and accelerates transports and deliveries to meet needs.
Mostly a large number of suppliers are involved in the supply chain. That said, it is a challenge to keep all those deliveries on schedules, in control and ensure that milestones will be reached. Qualitative defects and delayed deliveries of raw materials, parts, semi-finished products, systems and/or machinery/installations increase project risks of deliveries not being on time and not within the budget.
As a leading intermediary in expediting services in Asia, we have a proven reputation, many years of experience, and service clients in all industries. We keep projects firmly on schedule, monitor the manufacturing and deliveries of your suppliers. Proactive and guiding to prevent problems in our customer’s production and (construction site) assembly. We are punctual and direct towards to the suppliers of our customers, but our supervision also has a learning character to avoid shortcomings in the future. In this, our approach aims to make the supplier aware that their customer does not accept delays in the order.
Our unique network in Asia enables us to assess suppliers, production facilities, production plans and transports for our clients.
Types of expediting; field , desk and phone expediting
• Field expediting
On-site inspection and verification at the supplier, the most comprehensive service to determine the exact status of the order, make informed projections of future planning and identify potential problems and bottlenecks that could lead to possible delays.
• Desk or Phone Expediting
Contact is made on specific milestones, and checks are made to ensure that the project progresses according to the agreed schedule. If desired, the suppliers will have to provide information and/or complete the questionnaire in advance. Based on this, possible emails and telephone conversations, an experienced expeditor can quickly assess whether everything is still running smooth within the agreed conditions or whether alternative measures are necessary. If desired, in such uncertain and threatening situations, we can scale up and deploy field expediting. In any case, it is attractive to combine field and desk expediting for effectiveness and efficiency reasons.
Expediting services we provide
AME carry out field, desk and phone expediting activities, such as;
• Take countermeasures in consultation to prevent delays and quality defects
• Evaluation of production quality, potential, processes and resources (before any contract)
• Verification of contractual terms
• Risk analysis and mitigating measures (bottleneck analysis)
• Identify areas that can cause potential slowdowns
• Overall project support and monitoring
• Central project planning; steering and coordination of the entire supply chain, including monitoring milestones and deadlines
• Monitoring forwarding with all suppliers/(sub)-contractors
• Reporting on progress and current project status Reporting bottlenecks and identifying areas for attention
• Recommendations for necessary measures
• Monitoring production progress
• Supervision of schedules, further coordination and use and available resources
• Quality control during different phases (pre-production, in production, finished product, pre-shipment, on loading, unloading, on-site)
• Technical inspections
• Quality audits
• Control packaging
• Supervise transports, shipments including the accompanying documents (transportation, shipping, customs, etc.)
• Monitoring and supporting the transfer of ownership (procedure, documents, Incoterms)
• Storage (intermediate and temporary storage) and site facilities