Are you an accredited Commercial Calibration & Testing business? You need more than an asset tracking software!

A commercial calibration lab is a service business which deals with the calibration of a wide variety of measuring instruments across multiple scopes such as pressure, electrical, temperature, torque,dimentional etc.

The profitability of a commercial calibration business depends on two main factors 

(i) Cost efficiency and delivery speed ( more jobs in less amount of time) 

(ii) Compliance to quality standards. ( checks and balances, paperwork)

It is almost impossible to achieve both at the same time if you use conventional asset management or gauge tracking software .The license cost per user might look attractive, but the value it could bring to a commercial calibration business is marginal. 

The solution to this problem is to employ a commercial calibration lab management software to automate your lab processes.

The software you choose should help your technicians complete their job efficiently without compromising the ISO 17025 quality guidelines viz verification, impartiality, confidentiality, data validations, traceability, accountability etc. It should also have a robust calibration due alert system, Job management and monitoring workflow,  analytical reports etc.

Most importantly a commercial calibration management software should provide its users with the flexibility to define uncertainty calculations, certificate templates, data formats, validations etc without affecting data integrity.

“Metquay’s approach to Commercial Calibration Lab Management”

Metquay addresses four main areas in a commercial calibration lab  Calibration | Testing | Asset | Quality

Metquay is built in a way that it helps calibration technicians complete their job efficiently while the compliance framework in Metquay make sure all the checks and balances are taken care of with less intervention from the user.

Let’s take the example of a torque wrench calibration, an accredited calibration process on average takes 30 minutes to complete which includes instrument adjustment, data capture, uncertainty calculation, report preparation, validation & approval. If errors are found during QA validation the job is sent back for recalibration or report modification which further extends the time taken per calibration.

The average pricing for an accredited calibration of a mid-range torque wrench is $ 50, which means at best a the technician could do 16 of them in a day amounting to $800 in revenue.

Whereas for a lab which uses Metquay, all the steps right from uncertainty calculations to calibration certificate approval are automated. Validation procedures notify the technician as and when mistakes occur which eliminates the back and forth between QA and the technician. This brings down the average time taken for calibration to less than 15 minutes as opposed to 30 minutes which increases potential revenue to $1600.

In addition, Metquay’s uncertainty calculation engine allows the users to develop their own uncertainty calculations and procedures while complying with ISO 17025, FDA 21 CFR PART 11 & GAMP 5 guidelines. We understand that the requirements of a commercial lab are very dynamic ( customer requirements, auditor requirements etc ) and getting a programmer to modify the datasheet formats, uncertainty calculations, report templates etc is out of the question.

Metquay also provides built-in API( connectors) for external application integrations. We have done successful integrations with ODOO ERP, Fluke Metcal etc for many of our customers across the globe. We provide import facility of data from Metcal to Metquay so that our customers could leverage the best of both worlds.

The role of Metquay is to help the accredited labs save time on service delivery and keep them compliant to ISO 17025 & FDA 21 CFR Part 11 in all their calibration and testing activities at the same time. 

To conclude, if you are a commercial calibration business an “ISO 17025, FDA 21 CFR PART 11 and GAMP 5 Compliant Commercial Calibration Software”  could bring a lot of value to your business than an asset management software.

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