average outgoing quality level

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average outgoing quality level (AOQL)

the lowest quality which will be accepted by INSPECTION when inspection/testing a sample from a batch of raw materials, work in progress or finished goods. See ACCEPTABLE QUALITY LEVEL, ACCEPTANCE SAMPLING, QUALITY CONTROL.
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