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Title: Accreditation On The Shop Floor
Author: Peter B. Crisp
Source: 1998 Measurement Science Conference
Year Published: 1998
Abstract: Many organizations are now aware of accreditation as a means of providing formal recognition of their measurement capabilities and are contemplating the best approach to becoming accredited. Usually, the first step is to gain accreditation of the best controlled areas i.e. a Standards Laboratory supporting a production or service facility. Standards Laboratories are usually well controlled and have highly trained staff and are therefore an obvious choice for the first stage of accreditation because they will most easily meet the accreditation criteria. However, if the customer demand for accredited calibration certificates is high, then having to route work through the standards laboratory will increase the turn-around time, distract standards staff from their normal duties and increase the chance of potential damage to expensive and perhaps irreplaceable equipment. It is only when the normal point of calibration - the shop floor - is accredited that such potential problems (in terms of the standards laboratory) disappear. This paper relates the experience of extending accreditation to cover Waveteks production and service areas and examines the pros and cons of doing so. It is hoped that our experience will provide useful information to other organizations contemplating accreditation of their normal working areas.

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