Types of Calibration Software
Calibration Software: Finding the right type
There are many software packages on the market which are put into the categories 'calibration management software' and 'gauge management software', but how do you know which system is right for your business?
Firstly, we look to distinguish these between our perception of 4 categories:
- Calibration management software is used by owners of measuring equipment to maintain quality assurance standards relating to the use of such equipment in their organisation.
- Calibration laboratory management software is used by subcontract calibrators for order processing and job control in their calibration laboratories.
- Measuring equipment manufacturer software is used to confirm fitness for use and provide traceability for equipment leaving a manufacturer's premises.
- Calibration software is used (by anyone) with a computer-based calibration system and is generally used in conjunction with, or as part of, the first three types of software. It comes in various forms, ranging from fully integrated computer-driven calibration systems to simple computation programs or spreadsheets requiring manual input of readings.
Which one is right for you?
Calibration software plays a significant role in calibration laboratories. However, it will be irrelevant in calibration management systems where calibration results are not required to be part of the calibration records maintained by the system. This would apply where all calibration is subcontracted and subject to certification or where individual calibration measurements are of no interest to the owners and users of the measuring equipment.
On the other hand, calibration measurements and error values are of direct interest to the calibration management system user who wishes to use error or wear trends to assess the condition of measuring equipment and make decisions concerning its value, reliability and usefulness.
Of course, if calibrations are done in-house, you might need calibration management software to manage the asset database, but also calibration software to capture the readings of calibrations. Furthermore, if you use a combination of in-house calibrations and external calibration laboratories, you may need your calibration management software to link with calibration laboratories. In this case, the calibration management software becomes invaluable as the central hub where it combines internal and external calibration records, and provides an overview of the entire calibration and asset management area of business.
Digital Calibration Management
As the industry becomes more digital and proposes more connected systems and networks, it’s important also to look for calibration software that can integrate all the above types of software and their requirements. Calibration now requires a dynamic setup which enables quality teams to collaborate across the business.
It is this area that Valuechain is particularly interested in, and the benefits of Industry 4.0 are more closely realised. Where in-house and external calibration information is consolidated into one system, to connect the different areas of a business and create better relations between your business and suppliers.
When combined with data analytics or visualisation tools, it can be beneficial in continuous improvement programs as well, to identify root causes by viewing non-conformities and asset history over time.
Valuechain’s Calibrate delivers this for your business, offering a combination of Calibration Management software and Calibration software, while offering a link to suppliers and external calibrators as well.
Learn more about Valuechain's Calibration Management Software