Heading out alone to do field calibrations. Managing an undead horde of instruments. The terror of an out-of-spec piece of equipment.  We’ve all heard some variation of these spooky calibration tales. But like every good scary movie, there’s a hero who overcomes the terror and emerges victorious over the machinations of evil. For those of you brave enough, continue reading for Tales from the Calibration Crypt.

 

Creeping Scope 

Imagine… 

You’re a field calibration technician. You arrive onsite to perform work, but something feels off. There’s a nagging at the back of your mind as you set off through facility. You start work, when suddenly a new requirement springs forth from the shadows! As you prepare to tackle this new requirement, you realize that you don’t have the proper tools. 

Like the monster hunter who is prepped to fight a vampire, but is suddenly faced with a werewolf, field calibration technicians and field metrologists can be caught off guard. A lack of up-front information can seriously compromise their ability to effectively perform their jobs. What tools, resources or skills do they need to prepare themselves for a long day of test specification research and testing setup? 

This is the ever-present specter of scope creep. You come prepared for one thing, but new requirements keep popping up one after another until scope creep has left you trapped. 

Creeping Scope
The Disappearing Professors

The Disappearing Professors 

Imagine… 

You’re the facility manager. One day as you’re walking around, you notice that several familiar faces are missing. You investigate this phenomenon and discover that Jean, an employee of 30 years, has retired. Steve, an employee of 12 years, took a job with another company. And so on. You realize that your staff with years of industry experience have all started to leave, seduced by the allure of retirement or other jobs. You have capable new employees, but they aren’t equipped with the same insider information as the longer tenured employees had.  

This is a common scary story management finds itself in. With employee turnover, you’re left with questions:  

  1. What happens when all the folks with all the know-how move on? 
  2. How can we develop systems that provide incoming technicians with training or procedural guidance? 
  3. Can the metaverse save these experts from the Void of Retirement?  
  4. What knowledge can be passed along to the technicians of tomorrow?

The Paperwork Monster 

Imagine… 

An equipment coordinator has all of their instruments calibrated by a third-party vendor. They receive PDFs from vendors in most cases; but the review process required her to PRINT each one, MANUALLY SIGN IT, SCAN it, and THEN upload it into the document management system. They languish away in a manual and tedious process.  With no process or technology improvement in sight, their world is swallowed in the inkjet grips of this never-ending stack of paperwork. 

This is the paperwork monster. This monster consumes valuable time and the souls of those forced to perform a roundabout process for documentation. 

The Paperwork Monster

What can be done to keep these terrible tales from happening to you? Well, every Michael Myers has their Laurie Strode; someone who rises up to overcome the scary things happening around them. In the calibration world, our Laurie Strode is calibration management software.

  • Calibration software can become an integral part of the systems used to capture and maintain good state of calibration. 
  • Software can make these processes more consistent, easier to train on and allow people more time to bring up them. 
  • Use of digital technology in general is the key to unlocking the potential of new hires from the Millennial generation and younger.
  • Using calibration management software can automate repetitive tasks and simplify the overall calibration process.
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