Better Calibration, Better Quality: 5 Ways to Improve Both


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If you work in the quality field, you know how important calibration is. It’s the difference between having  confidence in your parts versus keeping your fingers crossed. But although quality professionals may recognize its importance, they may still not know how to get the most out of this process.

Calibration, stated simply, is the checking of an instrument against a known standard. It means that measurements made with that instrument can be trusted, and without it, inspections would be meaningless. But rather than just going through the motions with your calibration program, why not make it world-class?

At the very basic level, properly calibrated instruments are necessary to avoid recalls or product failures. But if done correctly, calibration programs can improve your business. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages of a strong calibration program.

1. Mitigate Risk
A strong calibration program can provide the standardized procedures that are needed to mitigate risk
associated with quality. It can also help guard against product and audit failures. Simply fixing a calibration error and stopping production can cost companies thousands of dollars every minute. Although it may seem like there has been a recall at every major company at this point, don’t let your organization join the list.

An out-of-tolerance component can obviously lead to product failures, both internal ones that slow a product launch and external ones that harm both the public and the company itself. Even just having gauges unavailable can slow down work. With an effective calibration program, these issues will be solved and prevented before they occur. The costs of a world class calibration program are an investment in the company’s success.

2. Meet Customer Requirements
A strong calibration program allows you to meet and exceed customer requirements as well as requirements such as ISO. It will be able to support multiple regulatory standards, which may include ISO 9001, ISO 17025, TS 16949, NADCAP, AS 9100, ITAR or EPA emissions standards. Audits will run smoother as well.

For many, continuous improvement and quality is closely linked to their ISO program. Meeting ISO
requirements is a noble pursuit, and an important one for millions of businesses. But in addition to just
meeting requirements, a good calibration program can lower costs and improve productivity. In short,
it can make your factory run better. Instead of just meeting minimum requirements, the best quality and ..


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