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Published March 26th, 2020

What is Visual Inspection?

Visual Inspection is a method of checking the overall visual appearance or localized visual defects of a product using the naked eye. Safety and quality assurance personnel across different industries perform visual inspections to comply with safety regulations and quality standards. In manufacturing facilities, regular visual inspections ensure conformance with product design requirements and increase customer satisfaction.

How to Effectively Perform Visual Inspections

Visual Inspection is one of the easiest and most cost-effective quality assurance methods, and its application varies per industry. Quality assurance inspectors often come up with inconsistent visual inspection results because they either do not completely understand defect specifications or have no references to compare the product with. Here are 5 simple steps to effectively perform visual inspections:

Step #1 Clearly define defect criteria

Key stakeholders such as quality engineers, production personnel, and customers should reach a consensus on defect specifications. Clearly defined defect criteria enable inspectors to accurately make pass/fail decisions for products. Document the defects with example photographs and technical descriptions for daily visual inspections on the shop floor.

Step #2 Standardize inspection performance

Quality managers should regularly assess the performance of the current inspection process to confirm the consistency of inspectors’ pass/fail decisions. Determine how well the inspectors’ decisions match the established defect criteria to standardize visual inspection performance in the organization. Occasionally, inspectors misinterpret the standard when they lack visual representations of the defects during visual inspections.

Step #3 Analyze visual defects

When inspectors’ decisions on the same products contradict across visual inspections, address the issue by analyzing the most significant visual defects. Evaluate the cost of quality by frequency and defect count to identify which defect type has the greatest impact on daily operations. Quality managers should also consider the cost, time to repair, and importance to the customer to create and implement effective action plans.

Step #4 Communicate improvement measures

After solving issues for specific visual defects, reassess the inspection performance to affirm overall agreement between the inspectors’ decisions and set standards. Objectively convey the results to all safety and quality personnel for accountability and ownership of continuous improvement efforts.

Step #5 Use mobile-ready checklists

Inspectors and quality managers should use mobile-ready visual inspection checklists to increase overall throughput of quality products by more than 200%. When inspectors can access the defect criteria anytime, anywhere and capture photo evidence of visual defects, accuracy of pass/fail decisions can be radically improved. When quality managers gain visibility through real-time data and actionable insights, wiser business decisions can be made and operational excellence can be achieved.

Visual Inspection App

iAuditor, the world’s most powerful inspection checklist app, can help easily identify visual defects, standardize visual inspection performance, and increase overall throughput of quality products. With iAuditor, you can:

  • Create mobile-ready visual inspection checklists
  • Take photos and add annotations in the app
  • Automatically generate and share visual inspection reports to members of the organization. Preview sample report.
  • Gain real-time data with iAuditor Analytics
  • Use for free with small teams. Unlimited reports and storage for premium accounts. Compare pricing plans.


Shine Colcol

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Shine has been professionally writing about virtually anything since her internship for a digital publisher of niche blogazines. She is passionate about building a culture of continuous improvement in the environmental, health, safety, and quality space through well-researched, engaging, and impactful content.