Keeping track of calibration due dates can be difficult, especially if you have hundreds of assets, equipment that is used at multiple facilities, or various calibration intervals between tooling. It can be taxing for tooling or quality managers to keep track of these dates. To address issues with late calibration, many companies are looking towards automated calibration due alerts. Automatic alerts enable managers to better plan calibration scheduling and prevent equipment from being out of calibration.
While some pieces of equipment have specific calibration intervals set by the manufacturer or regulatory agency, this is not the case for all tooling. There is also nothing that prevents moving up a calibration date if doing so makes scheduling more convenient. Knowing about calibration beforehand lets managers adjust dates or batch items if necessary.
Calibration batching occurs when one set of equipment can’t be sent at calibration at the same time. For example, a company purchases 50 new torque wrenches that are all due for calibration in 1 year. When the due date is 2 months away, the tooling manager receives an alert that all 50 torque wrenches are coming due for calibration. The facility is booked solid for the next 3 months and can’t continue work if all the torque wrenches are sent at once. The quality manger sends a batch of 25 torque wrenches for calibration 1 month before the due date. When the first batch of 25 torque wrenches are returned, the remaining torque wrenches are sent on time for calibration.
In highly regulated industries, such as food processing, medical instruments, and aviation, using equipment that is past the calibration date is a big problem. Regulations state that all tooling that is past the calibration due date should not be used. This can cause a lot of backtracking if the late calibration was not detected for a long time. By receiving calibration due alerts, calibration intervals will occur on-time.
As quality programs and management systems are growing in adoption, so is the issuance or corrective action or discipline if quality standards are not maintained. When tooling is qualified as late calibration, many procedures insist that the responsible party receives a corrective action. An alert system can prevent this from occurring.
It may not be common for only one person to be in charge of maintaining tooling calibration, but this is still the case in many organizations. If that person leaves, will anyone else be aware that equipment is coming due? Cloud asset tracking systems that include notifications can send alerts to multiple people, ensuring that tooling calibration takes place on time.
Anytime Assets is a cloud-based asset management software providing customers with notifications of calibration due alerts. Our calibration notification makes staying compliant convenient and simple. For any questions about Anytime Assets calibration due alerts or how it works contact e2b calibration or visit the Anytime Assets page.