VDE Renewables provides a variety of services so that buyers can be certain that the components they are procuring have been manufactured following well-defined quality processes, tested against a variety of stringent programs, and packed and shipped properly to ensure that they reach their final destination safely.
We are well-positioned to support you in the procurement phase to ensure that your expected quality level is achieved, and that the manufacturing process is within the planned specifications.
There is a myriad of quality assurance measures that a buyer can take advantage of, such as factory audits and pre-shipment inspection (PSI).
A standard audit used in many industries. You are supported by our experienced technology experts, who are authorized inspectors at solar manufacturing sites. In close contact and collaboration with you, we verify quality processes and supervise the production of your purchased products:
- To evaluate if the manufacturer’s production facility meets industry standards
- To verify that the product is being produced according to the contractually agreed Bill of Materials (BOM), and that quality parameters and processes are being followed properly
- To ensure quality and performance of the components you ordered by conducting testing in the factory. This is witnessed by an independent inspector to ensure all quality parameters are properly executed
In order to independently verify the test results from the factory, buyers can have their purchased products tested on a sample basis at an independent third-party testing laboratory. Additional tests can be carried out to verify claims made by the manufacturer about their product. These tests can be carried out at the country of manufacture (such as China) so that in the case that a batch fails a test and has to be rejected, it can be done so before the products are shipped to their end destination. It can also be additionally performed at the destination country if desired.
VDE has a dedicated inspection team and lab facilities in China and has carried out procurement quality assurance-related services. Our strong focus is on PV modules with a track record of over 3 GW. These services were provided to customers in Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the Middle East.