The Risks and Costs Associated with Quality Control Instruments that are Out of Calibration 4

Calibration. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Calibration of a BYK-mac i.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Calibration and preventative maintenance have costs associated with them. And in uncertain economic times, these procedures can often become neglected or the interval between calibration and preventative maintenance can be extended in order to cut costs. However, neglecting calibration and preventive maintance can lead to the following:

Waste

A poorly calibrated instrument could lead to product waste, raw material waste and a waste of overall resources. In turn, this could cost you a significant amount of money to replace product, raw material and labor for a product that did not meet your customer’s specification.

micro-gloss during a production calibration. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

micro-gloss during a production calibration.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Poor Quality

Your customer depends on your product to meet a specification. When that product fails it could be returned for a full refund, and you could incur the cost for damages like a stopped production run. The other associated cost could be your reputation.

Calibration of Spectr-guide during production. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Calibration of spectro-guide during production.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

Downtime

Keeping your production running smoothly depends profoundly on a good calibration and preventative maintenance program. When your measurement instruments are regularly calibrated and maintained, you can avoid costly downtime and other disruptions to your production schedule. Performing that regular maintenance also means identifying warning signs early, allowing you to take action before further damage is caused. Calibration and preventative maintenance ensures that the instruments drift is minimized. Calibration also ensures that product or batch quality remains high. A regular schedule of calibration and preventative maintenance will keep your instrument performing in optimal condition to support your development, design, project, troubleshooting and manufacturing work.

wave-scan calibration during production. Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

wave-scan calibration during production.
Photo Courtesy of BYK-Gardner.

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