Remembering calibration isn’t just about scheduling service, it an also mean planning for unavailable equipment. It can be hard to maintain work schedules when testing due dates come up. Many quality or tooling managers may think that calibration expedited service packages can make the process easier. Expediting calibration can be a great option, but many manufacturers don’t know what the difference is between an expedited service package and expedited shipping. Both options are associated with higher fees, but they may be worthwhile if you absolutely need to get equipment or tooling back as soon as possible. Both packages are compared below:
The most common option provided by ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration laboratories is expedited shipping. This option provides manufacturers with a shortened turnaround time by decreasing shipping time. Many people assume that the calibration laboratory will make an expedited shipping order higher priority, which is not always the case. Testing could be delayed due to other orders or technician availability. Check with your calibration to provider to determine how quickly testing will be performed.
In contrast to calibration expedited service packages, most calibration labs offer expedited shipping. Expedited shipping costs can vary greatly between laboratories. Cost can be affected by he type of equipment requiring calibration, order planning, and location proximity. Common expedited shipping pricing adds a $75 – $150 fee per instrument. Expedited shipping normally has a high premium, but can be cheaper than a service if there are only a handful of items that the company can’t function without.
A calibration expedited service package normally requires signing a contract. Expedited service contracts generally require a 3 – 5 year agreement. The package often includes all items that are sent for calibration. Items ranging from flow meters to torque wrenches must fall under the expedited plan – enabling premium pricing for all calibration testing. To balance the price increase, many labs will offer a discount on the actual testing performed. This can be a great option for operations that aren’t able to endure longer turnaround times or only require calibration for specialty equipment.
If you’re not 100% sure that you require expedited service the majority of the time, opt for the expedited shipping. You can always upgrade to an expedited service package later if necessary. Another option is onsite services. Onsite calibration services allow equipment to be back in rotation immediately after testing is complete. Contact e2b calibration for onsite calibration or one-time expedited shipping for calibrated items.