All circles are round, but not all round things are circles.
The Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing are;
The concept/methodology of Kanban for manufacturing is well established. Am I just nuts for trying to make it applicable to calibration management? While it may be argued that I often use established tools in non traditional ways, my mother had me tested and I am not crazy-LOL.
What are the 7 Questions You Should Ask Your Calibration Company?
As a consumer of calibration services it is sometimes difficult to know exactly what you are being quoted.
Here are the 7 Questions You Should Ask Your Calibration Company:
- Are you accredited to do this specific calibration?
- Can this calibration be done onsite? If no, why?
- How will I know when my calibrations are due?
- When will I get this back? What is your turnaround time?
- Do you have ASQ Certified Calibration Technicians?
- Describe your internal training process?
- How will you support me during an Audit?
The recent changes to ISO 9001:2015 have caused some confusion about how to select a calibration provider.
Does a calibration provider need
ISO 9001 certification
ISO 17025 accreditation?
What is the difference?
It must be audit season
It seems like the middle of May every year when the phones start ringing for our Quality Manager. Customer requests for changes on certificates, explanations of methods, definitions of standards, and a whole host of other questions begin to roll in well into fall when things start to quiet down a bit.
ANSI Z540.3 - Requirements for the Calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment- offers very specific guidance for a proper calibration program.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming is well known for his 14 points for Management presented in his book Out of the Crisis. His principles have been applied in businesses of all sizes and market sectors with great success.
Here are his 14 points:
- Create a constant purpose toward improvement.
- Adopt the new philosophy.
- Stop depending on inspections.
- Use a single supplier for any one item.
- Improve constantly and forever.
- Use training on the job.
- Implement leadership.
- Eliminate fear.
- Break down barriers between departments.
- Get rid of unclear slogans.
- Eliminate management by objectives.
- Remove barriers to pride of workmanship.
- Implement education and self-improvement.
- Make "transformation" everyone's job.