Overview of Quality Systems and Costs

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Quality Systems and Costs Preventive and corrective actions are very similar concepts in a quality control system, as both are geared towards ensuring that flaws or deviations from standard products are fixed such that the company does not pass lesser quality products to consumers or spent unnecessary sums in fixing problems after the fact (Quality Progress, 2012). There is an essential difference between preventive and corrective action, however; the former refers to proactive actions that take place before problems are encountered actions that prevent flaws/deviations/etc. while corrective actions are taken after the afct to ensure that an observed error in a system is not repeated and that the fewest possible amount of output is affected by the system error these actions correct problems that lead to flaws/deviations/etc (Quality Progress, 2012). Though this might not appear an especially significant difference at first glance, it can have profound impact on quality control systems and perspectives, and is very important to take note of (Quality Progress, 2012). The four major categories of quality costs are preventive costs, appraisal or inspections costs, internal failure costs, and external failure costs (Accounting for Management, 2012). Preventive costs, as might be inferred from the description of preventive actions given above, are costs that are incurred in the prevention of flaw/deviations/etc n the output of a given company, while appraisal or inspection
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