Google thinks Calibration Management Software and Asset Management Software are the same
Are you confused about the capabilities of the software you are evaluating for your calibration lab?
We get decent inbound interest from potential customers through our website. I was having a casual talk with one such customer, and I asked him how he found our website. That’s when he mentioned that for the keyword “Calibration Management Software”, some of the results Google shows on the first page are actually that of “Asset Management Software”.
He is right. Some of the results on the first page are indeed that of “Asset Management Softwares”. Art of keyword stuffing. I am impressed.
So I guess it’s important for Calibration lab personnel to understand the difference between “Asset Management” and “Calibration Management”. And this blog is my attempt.
Here is the gist. Calibration Management Software is a superset of Asset Management Software when it comes to the requirements of Calibration labs.
Asset Management Software is more suited for businesses that own equipment but do not do calibration by themselves. Usually, Asset Management Software has the following features.
Add, modify, remove Assets
Track assets, typically using QR Code or Barcode or using a unique identifier.
Send reminders to asset owners about due dates for calibration.
Store the last calibrated date, calibration certificates, and such digital metadata.
Calibration Management Software is for calibration labs. Its feature set covers all the aspects of running a commercial calibration business.
Generating quotes, orders, invoices (within itself or integrated into ERP systems).
Manage the receipt of equipment from customers (asset owners) and track them.
Assign calibration jobs, track their progress and deliver the reports electronically to the customer when the job is completed.
Comply with the industry standards and regulations like ISO 17025, FDA 21 CFR Part 11.
Create and manage calibration procedures and uncertainty calculations.
Maintain customer requirements against each equipment calibrated.
Provide secure access to the customer to view and download the certificates associated with their assets.
So if you are a calibration lab personnel and are looking for calibration management software, make sure you are looking at software with the above-mentioned capability. You will save a lot of time and money. Thank me later.