Choosing a calibration service provider comes with a couple different options, and it’s not always easy to choose. First, you could send the equipment back to the manufacturer to be calibrated. Your second option is to send them to a third-party calibration lab. And finally, you have the option to start calibrating the equipment yourself. The last option is limited to few businesses and can be a costly operation to start. So, you’re down to two options: the original manufacturer or a third-party calibration lab. Below, we will compare the two to find what the best fit is for your company.
If you’re on the hunt for a calibration lab to outsource the calibration of various instruments, you may have seen a lot of talk come up about accreditation. Specifically, ISO 17025. Especially if you are in a highly regulated industry such as medical equipment manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, or aviation and aerospace, this accreditation should be very important to you. If you’re still scratching your head, however, over what it all means and why you should care, we’re going to highlight the importance of an ISO 17025 calibration lab.
Not every lab is an ISO 17025 accredited calibration lab, so why should you bother with the extra effort of finding and using one? And how do you know if the lab you are using is an ISO 17025-accredited calibration lab? Is compliance the same thing as accreditation? These questions were answered in a recent interview with Bill Hirt of ACLASS Accreditation Services. Continue reading