How AssetPulse assists in Lab Equipment Calibration Management

Timely calibration of critical equipment is essential in the Biotechnology industry

 

1. Why is calibration important?

 

Given the enormous impact of the Biotech sector on the lives of billions of people, the industry takes every measure to ensure it conducts its research with accurately calibrated equipment.  Labs have to adhere to numerous regulatory compliance requirements to ensure their product integrity, which include proper instrument calibration in a timely manner.

A calibration certificate is issued for equipment after validation. This certificate contains key information such as a reference standard, last calibration date, next calibration due date, normal operating range of instrument etc. The calibration certificate is a mandatory document that is referred to prior to producing products. Should a problem arise in the manufactured product, information contained in the calibration certificate is key to determining when, where, and how an error was introduced.

As with any manual process, keeping track of calibration-due-dates is subject to human error no matter how organized or careful lab personnel may be.

2. How AssetPulse RFID asset tracking solution helps with calibration tracking?

AssetPulse’s RFID Asset Tracking solutions address this problem.

AssetPulse software facilitates the entire calibration process – from determining which assets need calibration to physically locating them and to processing the post-calibration paper-work .

AssetPulse software proactively alerts users of upcoming calibration-due-dates – both via email as well as software alerts. Users are also able to query the system for a list of assets that need calibration in the near future. They can download thee asset lists to mobile RFID readers, which enable them to quickly and efficiently locate equipment on the lab floor. The AssetPulse Geiger Proximity Search Feature on the RFID reader makes this search even more efficient.

 

3. Maintain calibration records in AssetPulse software for easier reference

Once equipment calibration is complete, users can easily update the system with calibration dates and attach calibration certificates for the equipment. The AssetPulse System helps in calibration certificate traceability as it digitally stores calibration certificates, which means they are readily available in case of an audit. This alleviates the time-consuming manual process of searching through numerous paper folders in hopes of locating calibration certificates.

4. Keep track of equipment movement to and from Metrology

The AssetPulse RFID Tracking system also helps the lab managers and Cleanroom managers to track the movement of equipment through the calibration process. Equipment that goes to a third party for calibration can be tracked in the system. Alerts can be sent out if the equipment is not returned within a specified time. For equipment that goes to the Metrology area within the company, the lab manager can track in real time, when equipment enters the area for calibration and when it is completed and ready for pickup. Before using our solution, equipment would be left sitting on shelves ready for pickup, for weeks together.

Using the AssetPulse RFID-Enabled Asset Tracking software, our biotech and biomed customers have streamlined their calibration processes, whether they perform calibration in-house or they contract it out to third parties.

 

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RFID’s Role in Oil Industry’s Consolidation Process

As the world oil markets continue to be in flux, consolidation within the oil and gas industry, especially in North America, is accelerating. The small to medium business sector is seeing significant activity.

Companies are being acquired, not only for their customer base, but also for their assets. Organizations that are positioning themselves as acquisition candidates need to streamline their business processes and show enhanced visibility of their assets. This makes them more attractive to prospective acquirers. Using AssetPulse’s RFID based asset tracking solutions, these savvy companies not only achieve 100% visibility of their assets, but also can leverage them to streamline their business processes – processes to accurately check-in/check-out assets to and from jobs, efficiently manage maintenance and inspections of all their equipment, tie all this into their financial systems, etc. Being able to show end-to-end visibility of their assets along with streamlined operations, makes it easier for potential suitors to do due diligence on the companies, thereby making them more attractive targets. Not only do they position themselves well in the M&A markets, they also enjoy the side benefits of reduced operational costs resulting from efficient use of their assets and resources.

Once an acquiring company has completed a merger, they have to be able to quickly incorporate the new member into their operations. In order to make the unification efficient, companies standardize on using RFID based asset tracking solutions to maximize visibility of their augmented operations and asset inventory.

Mergers lead to additional company locations, servicing an expanded list of regions and geographies. It becomes even more important to know where all the assets are and whether they are being utilized optimally. Leveraging the visibility provided by our RFID solutions, oil and gas companies are able to make decisions about re-allocation of assets amongst the locations based on each region’s business needs. Further, they are able to make informed determinations on new purchases, balancing the requirements of each location. Excess equipment is either disposed of, or is leased out in order to reduce expenses and increase revenue. The rental side of the business can also leverage the RFID based asset tracking solutions, just like the mainstream business.

And of course, our solutions can also play a significant role in tracking maintenance and inspections of equipment across the entire company. As new divisions or regions are added, it is imperative that HSE policies of the parent company continue to be enforced and adopted. Our solutions show whether preventive maintenance and safety inspections are being done routinely, and can flag alerts if and when the occasional ball is dropped.

 

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