Improve Calibration Efficiency

International standards define calibration as the comparison of the device being tested against a traceable reference instrument (calibrator) and documentation of this comparison. Integrating asset and calibration management is the next step on the path to calibration efficiency.

Improve Calibration Efficiency
Garrett_Nick_Beamex

Nick Garrett,

Global Technology Alliances Director,

Beamex Oy Ab,

nick.garrett@beamex.com

The path to calibration efficiency has already lead us from basic test equipment hardware (the traceable reference) with associated pen and paper-based documentation and management, to documenting calibrators tightly integrated to powerful calibration management software applications that enable an automated paperless calibration approach. These integrated calibration solutions have a long track record of saving time and money, and significantly reducing human error in the execution of the calibration work procedures.

Beamex_Fig_2

Overview of Integrated Solution workflow (IBM Maximo in this example).

Calibration Management includes defined procedures, tasks and activities for the calibration of all the relevant instruments in the Plant. Ongoing calibration is a fundamental part of instrument maintenance, which in turn is a fundamental part of the Plant’s maintenance. As such the management and scheduling of maintenance personnel, and other resources such as test equipment, to perform calibration activities is usually executed via Work Orders from the Plant’s maintenance management system. The maintenance management system may in turn be guided by broader Reliability or Asset Management programmes with their own associated hardware and software solutions.

The Next Step

Extending the solution by integrating the calibration management application to the maintenance management module of an Enterprise Asset Management system like IBM Maximo, Infor EAM or SAP is the next step in calibration efficiency.

Seamless Work Order data flow from the maintenance management module to the documenting calibrator and back again extends the proven benefits of the automated paperless approach to the entire calibration process.

Standardised Solutions

Integration of disparate software applications to the EAM systems has sometimes not been without its issues in the past. Now standardised integration solutions, including structured project execution methodologies, reduce risk and save time and money both on the initial integration project and on the ongoing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) lifecycle support of the integrated solution.

Lowering the Bar for Efficiency Savings

The scalability and reduced costs of standardised integration solutions mean the Return on Investment (ROI) metrics now extend down to smaller and mid-size plant systems, and not just the larger enterprise deployments. You don’t need a global enterprise’s budget to afford an automated paperless approach for the entire calibration process and the benefits that it delivers.

Avoid Islands of Data

Seamless data flow that inherently follows the work process is a core facet of the Big Data / Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Integrating the calibration management application to the maintenance management module of an Enterprise Asset Management system avoids the isolated islands of data that cloud the clear business visibility offered by the Big Data / IIoT concepts.
So, if your EAM system has issues with manual data entry and data integrity, un-closed Work Orders, or disjointed workflows, consider a standardised integrated calibration management solution.

Cmms | 20.11.2015

Latest articles

Research report: Predictive Maintenance 4.0

A growing number of companies want to use big data analytics in their predictive maintenance and are also investing in the resources needed for this. Of the companies already using this technology, no less than 95 percent say that they have already achieved concrete results. This is the conclusion of a follow-up study conducted by PwC and Mainnovation among 268 companies in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

Asset Management | 17.1.2019

12 Helpful Tips for Doing IT Service Desk

Over the years, the evolution of technology and the adaptability of the people to it, has been increasing drastically. This process has brought about a boom in the service sector, making the IT subunit of it, the most successful.

Cmms | 27.12.2018

It’s About “Time”

At Bentley Systems, we have been talking to our users, especially owners, and it has become clear that despite our collective best efforts, there is a gap in the market.  Owners need easy access to real-time, accurate, engineering information and they need tools that make it simple to keep engineering data up-to-date, especially those engaged in brownfield and revamp projects.  It takes too much time and effort to gather and verify the information they need to make decisions effectively. And for older plants that do not have 3D models, there is simply no visual way to verify and check information easily.

Partner Articles | 10.12.2018

How to Choose an Air Compressor, According to Science

Buying an air compressor, for the first time, can be challenging in many ways. There is a lot going on behind this power tool that offers faster and more efficient performance. Before we get to know about the details of an air compressor then, let’s understand how it works. How do air compressors work?

Applications | 10.12.2018

8 Ways to Identify and Eliminate Noise Hazards in the Workplace

Occupational noise hazards are one of the most common workplace safety concerns. Our hearing is sensitive and it does not take much to temporarily impair or permanently damage it. 

HSE | 10.12.2018

Bacterial Bandages, Natural Dyes and Recycled Fibres: Aalto Brings Materials Revolution to Slush

New materials play an important role in sustainable development and combatting climate change. New uses for old materials can also be a major industrial opportunity: for example, the value of biomass from forests in Finland can be doubled if used for manufacturing products of higher added value.

R&D | 4.12.2018

Maintenance: A Necessary and Important Function in the Future

Euromaintenance 2016 will take place in Athens at the end of May. It is the ideal moment to reflect on maintenance in a European context. Euromaintenance is known as the summit for all involved in maintenance across Europe, it’s the place to be. The conference, with the support of the EFNMS, is the only commercially independent conference covering the topics we deal with in the maintenance world.

EFNMS | 20.5.2016