Should we calibrate
Should we perform our own
Most companies discover they
cannot effectively perform their own calibrations for many reasons. The most frequent issues with internal
standards: Often, the cost of the assets with the
required accuracy to perform the calibration is prohibitive (It could take years of calibrations to pay
for one standard).
Procedures: Many manufacture’s procedures are not
readily available. Sometimes they require research and development. This can cost hundreds of hours of
Technicians: Often a non-commercial calibration laboratory’s
productivity per employee is only a fraction of what can be obtained through an external commercial calibration
laboratory who specializes in automation, efficient procedures and experienced management.
Management: Managing the employees, assets,
maintenance and processes of a calibration lab can be burdensome on existing management
Cost of Non-Compliance: The calibration
section in ISO 9000 can be confusing. If your calibration is handled by an external source, your audit is
relatively simple in the area of calibration. If you perform your own calibrations, an auditor has a
multitude of things to examine and find fault with.
Not a core
competency: The overall management burden of the
operation distracts from the core competency of the company.