Inspection, Data Collection & Analysis of Automotive Fasteners

Blue Grass Manufacturing Co. of Lexington Inc. was asked to provide inspection, data collection and process validation (or analysis) activities for an automotive fastener manufacturer. We set up a visual inspection operation and developed detailed procedures that controlled the process. Lot traceability, visual control methods, and operator training and validation were all paramount to ensuring a consistent high performance.

The whole process was documented in detail to meet our ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards. Detailed data was collected on various types of defects and fed back to the customer. This data proved very helpful to the customer's engineering team tasked with eliminating fastener defects.

Both visual and gage inspections have been performed on more than 200 different products, with volumes of between 50,000 to 250,000 fasteners per day and totaling more than 36 million per year. Parts dimensions range from ½" to 8" in length.

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Automotive Fastener Inspection and Analysis Project Highlights

Product Name
Production Inspection and Sorting
Product Description
Inspection and process validation activities for automotive fasteners
Capabilities Applied/Processes
  • Inspection
  • Data collection and analysis
Equipment Used to Inspect Automotive Fasteners
Highly trained operators, Work instructions, visual controls, gages
Overall Fastener Dimensions
Typically ½ to 8" (13 - 203 mm)
Material Used
Automotive fasteners
In Process Testing/Inspection Performed
Visual inspection, gage inspection
Industry for Use
50,000 to 250,000 per day, 36 million per year
Standards Met
  • Customer Specifications
  • ISO 9001:2008