Avoiding Poor Quality Calibration

Poor quality calibration has been on the rise for some time now. As the baby-boomer work force begins to near retirement, years of skilled technical expertise is diminishing. Many businesses are watching as technically competent workers, who have worked for them for years, leave their organizations. The heavy number of resignations has begun to worry many manufacturers because they are concerned about finding skilled replacements.

Due to the lack of skilled workers, in-house calibration programs are now vulnerable. Many companies have no choice but to hire employees with less-knowledge in metrology to fill in the shoes of those who have retired. For this reason, poor quality calibration is becoming more and more common in companies that are using in-house programs.

How to Avoid Poor Quality Calibration

Due to the drastic consequences that stem from poor quality calibration errors, it is crucial to ensure your company is avoiding poor quality calibration at all costs. A great way to ensure poor quality calibration doesn’t affect your company is to invest in implementing a quality management system and proper calibration services.

What is a quality management system?

A quality management system can be defined as a set of polices, processes and procedures that are required for planning and executing production, development and service of a company. The concept of a quality management system seeks to recognize company requirements based off of the chosen management system. For example, if a company choses to pursue accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025, a quality management system will ensure all requirements and guidelines are met. A quality management system also seeks the following concepts:

Applicable employee training to ensure all employees understand and perform the requirements of a quality management system.

Measurement and monitoring of the performance of quality management system, followed up with a report on performance.

Performance of internal audits to analyze the quality management system.

Production of records and evidence that all system requirements are met.

By choosing a quality management system to help organize requirements needed to meet certain standards, e.g. ISO/IEC 17025, poor quality calibration can be avoided. To meet certain standard requirements, quality calibration has to be performed regularly and frequently. Documentation of quality calibration has to be recorded in order to prove it has been completed for each instrument. By choosing to follow a quality management system, poor quality calibration is not possible and can be avoid.

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