We recently discovered a video discussing quality control at a Bentley Mulsanne factory. As a 3rd party quality assurance and engineering firm, we do a significant amount of work in the automotive industry. From TS 16949 audits to product inspections, it’s an industry we know places value on quality.
Of course, Bentley is synonymous with quality, representing to many the highest of automotive luxury. For Bentley, “the attention to detail is what defines a valued, quality product.”
When the cars in this video come off the line, they make sure everything matches the specification. Non-conformances are flagged and logged. This can take up to an hour and half. During another process check, anything flagged is taken care of.
From a previous post:
Inspection Plan DevelopmentA good plan is only as good as its foundation, so a comprehensive and detailed product specification is critical to the success of the overall strategy. Pro QC often assists clients with this documentation creation and also uses it internally to direct engineers on-site. A good plan incorporates anything that will affect the salability and performance of the product.
While a 100% inspection isn’t reasonable for every product, each Bentley at this factory receives a forty minute test drive. Any non conformances are resolved to the highest standard of quality.
It takes one to two weeks to complete the full quality check for these Bentleys. That’s more time than it takes to produce the cars.
“In a true zero-defects approach, there are no unimportant items.” ~Philip Crosby
Here’s the video:
The Bentley Mulsanne production line is worth a look as well:
We love manufacturing quality!