To build Total Quality standard operating procedures, businesses routinely begin by establishing manufacturing quality controls (QC) and quality assurances (QA). Their next consideration is developing a planned preventive maintenance schedule. Preventive Maintenance and Scheduled Testing are methods used to ensure that your equipment operates properly, to prevent or minimize the manufacture of non-compliant materials or products, and to optimize equipment productivity.
Preventive Maintenance Planning Strategies
- Incorporate test equipment downtime to save time and money
- Arrange for replacement when equipment is off-line
- Replace batteries, load cells and high-wear parts prior to breakdown
- Simple test equipment can be replaced or recalibrated
- Calibration log books are excellent for bench practice
Additional actions include Predictive Maintenance, which is targeted to identify and eliminate causes for equipment failure and unscheduled interruptions. Predictive maintenance is established through analysis of the process data, testing results and trends of your measuring and weighing equipment and device. Combining the above best-practice strategies with your manufacturer’s recommended calibration plan and established intervals will allow for continuous performance, productivity and efficient use of your company’s scheduled test-equipment time.
Throughout its history, Floweigh understands the necessity of providing customers with expedient and reliable calibration service in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries. As quality assurances began gaining momentum for calibration laboratories in the early 1990’s, Floweigh recognized the value of quality control best practices and total quality standards because it paralleled and reinforced its own core values.