How to Implement or Improve a Calibration Program
Any successful calibration program must begin with an accurate recall list of
your test, measurement and diagnostic equipment.
- The recall list should contain a unique identifier which can be used to
track the instrument, the location, and the instrument’s custodian (Often
asset management software, bar-coding systems, and physical inventories are
used to help establish accurate recall lists).
- It is important when assembling a recall list that modules, plug-ins,
and small handheld tools are not overlooked. Also, you may have several
“home-made” measuring devices (e.g. Test Fixtures) which will also need to
be captured on your equipment list for a reliable calibration program.
- The next step is to identify all of the instruments on your recall list
which may not require calibration due to redundancies in your testing
process (A commercial calibration laboratory should be able to aid you in
identifying these instruments).
- After creating an accurate recall list procedures must be established
for adding new instruments, removing old or disposed instruments, or making
changes in instrument custodianship. Recall reports should be run with
sufficient time for both the end user and the service provider to have the
unit calibrated with a minimal impact on production.
- A late report identifying any units about to expire or already expired
will ensure 100% conformity. A full service calibration laboratory will
supply these recall reports and will provide special escalation reporting
when equipment is not returned for service.
(Some calibration labs offer the choice of web-based equipment management
systems that allow their customer to perform recall reports, late reports and
keep electronic versions of their calibration certificates.)
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