How Digital Calibration Management Can Improve Productivity
Digital Calibration Management
Digital Calibration Management
As the industry becomes more digital and proposes more connected systems and networks, considering your quality management and calibration management processes may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there’s significant potential for streamlining processes through adoption of digital calibration systems, which can improve the overall productivity of quality teams.
We’ve previously discussed the 4 main types of calibration software on the market, but with the movement towards more connected systems, it’s important to look for calibration software that can integrate all the types of software and their requirements, from use of digital calibration tools, to calibration management systems to calibration laboratory management. Calibration now requires a dynamic setup which enables quality teams to collaborate across the business.
This blog will discuss some of the ways calibration management is becoming more digital and the opportunities it provides to improve product quality.
Digital calibration tools are now widely used to capture more accurate digital readings. However, linking these tools with your Calibration Management Software and logging their details would provide a complete dynamic asset database. This would incorporate manufacturer details for use, including number of uses between calibrations, and parameters for use.
Further to this, each time the asset is used, it will automatically log the usage in the software, reducing the need for manual data entry, and improving data integrity.
The software should be cloud based and usable on mobile devices, to eliminate the use of paper-based tracking systems. These will enable user specific accounts, providing better traceability of who’s using which tools and who was responsible for assets when a certain action occurred.
Using software that’s available on mobile devices, like phones or tablets will reduce the need for paper-based checklists, or spreadsheets carried around the shop-floor. Instead, teams will be able to log each activity in the system as they complete the task, minimising duplicate admin work.
By creating cross functional teams to deploy calibrations, each with their own login, assets can be allocated to specific users, for traceability of who had which asset at any given time. Furthermore, incorporating software that’s available on mobile devices, and digital calibration tools, users can scan the asset they are using as well as the machine or tool that’s being calibrated.
Including machine parameters in the database will mean that scanning the machine will let you know if it’s out of tolerance when checking the machine, and can automatically log if they require calibration. The machine is immediately labelled as requiring calibration, and an engineer is alerted to recalibrate it, or the process for allocating to external calibrators is begun with actions assigned to the right person.
Tracking all this information digitally can create a digital thread through your business which provide information for every action and activity performed through the calibration process. This allows teams to accurately analyse performance metrics and KPIs, including most used tools or average time to recalibrate tools. It also equips your team with a guide of which tools are likely to go out of calibration soon, and take preventative measures, rather than reactive measures.
Particularly when subcontracting calibrations to specialists, the ability to securely share information between companies is incredibly important. When your calibration software includes a supplier portal, you would be able to distribute parts to subcontractors, be alerted to their receipt, and track when it’s scheduled for calibration, when it is being recalibrated, and when you’re expecting to receive it back.
Furthermore, if your subcontractors are able to share their quality, cost and deliver performance metrics with you, then that provides the information required to consider changing suppliers or working with them to improve.
Valuechain’s Calibrate is designed with many of these principles in mind, facilitating more connected quality management systems and teams, and using the latest technologies to improve productivity improvements in industry.
The cloud-based system maintains a dynamic asset database, providing full traceability of who did what and when; full usage & calibration history and certifications. It allows schedules for calibration based on time elapsed or number of uses, and enables actions and activities to be allocated to different users, direct from the shop floor.
Integrated with data analytics tools, it can be beneficial in continuous improvement programs as well, to identify root causes by viewing non-conformities and asset history over time.
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