What is Vendor Inspection:

Vendor Inspection is the inspection and validation of new equipment. It is sometimes referred to as independent third-party inspection, source inspection, or vendor surveillance. Vendor inspection can take place throughout the supply chain, including during the manufacturing process, prior to the equipment leaving the manufacturing site, during transportation, and on-site arrival. It is used by operators and contractors when purchasing equipment for a new capital project or for maintenance and upgrades of an operational facility.


Why is Vendor inspection used:

Vendor inspection aims to identify any technical issues prior to the equipment arriving on site. If the equipment arrives and is outside the original specification it can have a significant impact in terms of delay to the construction schedule or shutdown period, and can also have negative safety and environmental implications, ultimately disrupting production output.

The main benefits of vendor inspection may be summarised as:

  • Full transparency of the quality of procured equipment
  • Documentation of the quality of goods and manufacturing processes
  • Confidence in vendor and subcontractor compliance with applicable standards
  • Improved reliability and competitiveness by identifying bottlenecks and weaknesses in the supply chain
  • Early action to avoid delays and increased project costs