Aerospace instrument calibration is crucial for ensuring overall quality, safety and performance. Due to the ever-changing nature of aerospace equipment, systems and instruments, calibration processes are continually advancing. These advancements make it imperative to create and maintain an effective calibration agenda.
CREATING A CALIBRATION AGENDA
Creating an aerospace calibration agenda can be hard and very overwhelming. Below you will find four key steps to include in your agenda development and why they are important to the calibration process.
A successful aerospace calibration agenda begins with a comprehensive instrument inventory. Aerospace quality management systems have specific guidelines that require all instruments, which directly impact performance, to be traceable. Although inventory of instruments can be rigorous and overwhelming, organization of instruments makes things easier in the long run and can reap many benefits. A comprehensive inventory makes it easier to track instrument calibration and service requirements, past and present compliance statuses, and proper documentation.
A Quick Tip: Be sure to document all new instruments, along with any old instruments that have been discarded. This will help keep your inventory organized and well-maintained.
After all instruments have been organized, it is important to keep track of when each piece needs to be re-calibrated. All instruments have a different calibration interval, which can be based off of manufacturer recommendations, past performance and frequent usage. Accuracy of instruments and equipment within the aerospace industry is vital, therefore, it is extremely important that all instruments have an established interval that is consistently enforced. If instruments are not calibrated when they are supposed to be the overall quality and accuracy of the instrument is threatened.
Another important factor to be included in any aerospace calibration agenda is measurement traceability. After all instruments have been organized and calibrated, it is important to assure a relationship between the calibrated measurement results and the national standard. This can be done by having your instruments calibrated at an accredited calibration laboratory. All accredited calibration labs are required to have all measurements traceable through NIST. Traceability of results through NIST shows your measurements meet the highest level of calibration standards.
To maintain your aerospace calibration agenda, the tracking of all documentation is not only essential but required. Many individuals overlook the significance of recordkeeping, but when it comes time for re-calibration or the questioning of data, it is important to have all your ducks in a row. Proper organization of documents leads to less downtime searching for information that you need, better management skills and reduced stress.
TAKING YOUR AGENDA TO THE NEXT STEP
If maintaining an aerospace calibration agenda is hard for you, looking to an asset management software may be your answer. Asset management software, such as e2b’s Anytime Assets, is an easy way to enforce recordkeeping and organize documentation. The benefits of Anytime Assets include the following:
- Cloud-based with access to documentation anytime and anywhere.
- Comprehensive inventory log of all instruments.
- Notification of when services are due.
These are just some benefits that can be reaped when using Anytime Assets. If maintaining a calibration agenda is difficult for you or your company, looking into asset management software is highly recommended.