Quality, consistency, and efficiency. These are the watchwords of every manufacturing facility in every industrial sector.
They are most important, however, in areas of the life sciences industry; pharmaceutical and biomedical manufacturers, for instance, generate products designed for human use or consumption and, as such, face some of the strictest regulatory measures.
When human health and well-being are dependent on your products, there is no room for even the smallest variation in quality or consistency.
Improving Calibration Processes
Even in the carefully controlled environments found in pharmaceutical and biomedical manufacturing facilities, industrial processes are tough on equipment.
Wear and tear is a natural part of any process, and measurement settings are prone to shifting over time.
In addition to those required and conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), manufacturers in the life sciences industry regularly perform their own calibration inspections, audits, and adjustments.
If you are still using a manual, spreadsheet-based calibration system, however, you may not be doing enough.
Not only are manual systems prone to human-generated clerical errors, but they are also notoriously long and inefficient, often requiring extended periods of downtime.
By upgrading your manual process to an automated computer software system or hiring a firm that specializes in calibration services, you stand to benefit in a number of ways.
Both calibration services and calibration software can guarantee pinpoint compliance with complex national and international regulations, including the FDA’s 21 CFR part 11.
They can perform those calibrations according to strict ISO 17025 guidelines using established international measurement standards.
Both methods also eliminate the manual entry errors that are common to spreadsheet-based calibration systems, leading to an overall reduction of calibration-related downtime and operating costs.
An automated calibration system, when set up to do so, can monitor the calibration of various processes in real time and send email alerts when an out-of-tolerance scenario is detected.
Calibration Management with Endress+Hauser
Endress+Hauser was founded in 1953 and began operations in the United States in 1970.
Today, we are not only among the largest manufacturers of highly precise instrumentation, but also an industry leading provider of calibration and calibration management solutions and services.