Whereas in the past the actually required quantity was “inspected out” of a surplus of manufactured components, modules or finished products, things have changed dramatically over the years. Producing top quality at competitive market prices regardless of lot size is now the challenge for all manufacturing companies and their suppliers. And this applies to the industrialised nations as well as the low-wage and emerging countries! One of the keys to global competitiveness is consistent quality assurance in all corporate divisions – beginning with inspections and material analyses in the receiving department right on up to the delivery of documented and correspondingly identified quality products and services. Control presents the entire spectrum of relevant equipment to this end in hardware and software.