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spot check

[′spät ‚chek]
(industrial engineering)
A check or inspection of certain steps in an operation, process, or the like, of certain parts of a piece of equipment or of a representative lot of completed parts or articles; the steps or parts inspected would normally be only a small percentage of the total.

spot check

A method of quality control in the manufacturing process in which the samples are selected in a random fashion and their quality ascertained. This ensures that the items selected are typical of the entire production run.
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In order to fully implement the spot check program, it was realized that some improvements needed to be made that would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the scheduling process.
But angry publicans say they have been "stitched up" in the spot check, which they said fails to take a number of issues into account - like customers being offered a top up.
The UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said that it is planning to conduct spot checks of the procedures that companies use to report suspicious trades, The Financial Times has reported.
Ebrahim Obaid Marzouqi, Head of the Markets Department at Dubai Municipality, said, "Civic inspectors conduct daily spot checks in streets and public places to prevent street vending, begging and car washing in public places by individuals in violation of the ruling by the Ministry of Labour in this regard.
During last year's spot check only 20 per cent of cars were found to have an under-inflated tyre.
He had been away when the first spot check was carried out, but when he discovered the extent of the lapses in food hygiene standards, he had suspended one member of staff without pay for one week.
Julie Armstrong, manager of attendance for Stockton Council, said: "We had very successful spot check truancy sweeps in January where numbers of youngsters stopped were almost halved compared to January 2006.
A spot check of security standards at Edinburgh Airport revealed deficiencies in safety procedures after four out of five undercover inspectors passed through security points carrying weapons.
Failed shops have been warned they will be reported to the fiscal if they don't improve before the next spot check.
They don't all need to be checked, but a spot check here and there can be telling if there are shenanigans going on.
A SPOT check by Kirklees Council officers saw five out of 24 licensed taxis hauled off the road after dangerous defects were found.
NEARLY half of all children's clothes in southern China examined during a three-month spot check failed to meet safety standards and 10% contained a cancer-causing dye, it was reported.