Calibration is an essential part of the manufacturing process; the ability to quickly and effectively perform accurate calibration is paramount to the success of a facility. A major challenge now more than ever is the ability to process large numbers of calibrations, error-free, without compromising efficiency.
To achieve substantial improvements in quality and efficiency, calibration procedures must be automated, streamlined, and whenever possible, integrated. This element of “integration” is the key to accuracy and efficiency; an integrated calibration solution is a crucial component of a company’s asset management system. Integrations most commonly take place between the calibration software and Enterprise Resource Planning tools, as well as between the calibration system and other analytical systems.
Three popular types of integrations that plants can use to bring order to the many systems in place in a facility are Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Plant managers select one, or multiple, based on the needs of the facility and their growth projections.
Using an integrated calibration solution in a calibration laboratory provides a vast number of advantages including reduction in human error, agility in calibration processes, and simplification of report submission. The ability to be agile is perhaps most important in times of uncertainty, and the benefits cannot be overstated. Agile companies are more likely able to meet industry changes quickly.
In a system that has an integrated calibration solution, the time it takes to submit accurate reports is reduced, allowing the laboratory to perform more tests. An integrated calibration solution drives efficiency across the calibration lab, and as the data moves from the laboratory throughout the plant, the entire facility benefits.
Watch the replay of the Prime Technologies webinar where Robert Goss, Training Manager, and Michael Price, Director of Customer Success & Operations, detail some of the most popular integrations and workflows that we see today including ERPs, LIMS, EAMs, and others. Watch the replay here.
Robert Goss has assisted companies in the process management world for more than six years and is respected for his expertise in the area of highly-regulated industries. He understands the problems that plague many of today’s calibration and process management professionals, and works to develop optimal solutions for clients.
Michael Price has worked with Prime’s clients since 2011. Michael directs customer-facing operations that maximize the quality of customer experience with Prime Technologies’ products and services, and helps direct continuous improvement efforts within the company.