Texas & Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting
ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Top 10 Deficiencies
ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories underwent its latest revision in 2017. Relative to the 2005 version, ISO/IEC 17025:2017 contains some notable changes that laboratories must account for in order to meet the requirements of the new standard. As the most recognized accreditation body for testing and calibration laboratories, A2LA has a firsthand perspective on what aspects of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 laboratories tend to struggle with the most. Our database allows us to extract details of the cited deficiencies and in our presentation today we will dive into what we have seen to be the top ten sections cited. These findings come from both initial and renewal assessments and for a variety of laboratories utilizing ISO/IEC 17025: 2017. As you prepare for assessment to ISO/IEC 17025:2017, you may find this list a helpful way to focus your attention on frequently overlooked or misunderstood sections of the standard.
Adapting a Flow Calibration Laboratory to Provide the Efficiency and Turn-Around Times required by Industry with added Automation and Streamlined Methods
CEESI, The Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, is a laboratory stationed in a surplus Atlas E nuclear missile site in northeastern Colorado. They have been providing commercial flow calibrations since the late 1960s and over the decades of operation they have continually adapted to the needs of the industry by adding new capabilities, new labs, and new processes. As the speed of business continually increases with “Just in time manufacturing and supply” becoming the norm and with calibration typically being the last step in instrument delivery, CEESI found it necessary to improve efficiency and reduce turn-around times. Based on this need a joint project between CEESI and Flow Systems Inc was started to develop three new automated air flow calibration systems with dual meter under test paths. These new systems; named Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto were designed to automate flow control, data collection, and processing. The systems have been completed and are now at CEESI being tested extensively as part of the commissioning process. Once commissioned and accredited these systems should streamline many CEESI calibrations and allow them to meet the needs of the industry.
Understanding how measurement and test equipment is used by NASA Engineers and Technicians
By focusing our measurement processes and calibration services around the applications of the customer, we can ensure mission success of the organization. Understanding how measurement and test equipment is used by NASA Engineers and Technicians in the field helps inform the measurement methodology to ensure a better service is being provided to the end user. By utilizing manufacturer guidance and historical equipment observations, the measurement process may be improved as well as discovery of unintended consequences related to the engineering design of the equipment. Thorough knowledge of how the equipment operates will facilitate improved troubleshooting and a more efficient calibration process. Communicating these observations and findings to the customer will promote proper equipment usage and better measurement practices. In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of the customer and their application, the necessity to engage with the manufacturer relating to specifications, measurement methodology, as well as engineering design, and the responsibility of comprehensive communication to the end user regarding their measurement and test equipment.