Original Date: 07/18/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Metrology Laboratory Recall System
Mason & Hanger (M&H) has designed and implemented an in-house calibration recall system to meet the company's particular needs for gage management. Prior to implementing the current system, two keypunch operators were required to input data on index cards for any updates or additions. This process was labor intensive and could not provide on-line notification of recall notices resulting in many items violating their calibration due date. A study determined that no off- the-shelf systems were available at the time that would satisfy the requirements.
The new system is linked factory-wide and allows users to query information, run reports, and perform custom sorts for an item or group of items. The system's data is password-protected, and entries and deletions can only be performed by authorized personnel. The database contains information on over 6800 gages, 2000 pieces of tooling and approximately 500 relief valves, all of which requires calibration and recall at various times throughout their use to comply with MIL-STD-45662A and/or safety requirements. The new system has reduced the number of recall violations by over 50% and allows the production department to schedule its work in a manner to facilitate release of the recalled items prior to their expiration date.
The data used by the recall system can also be applied to develop performance indicators (PIs) that help in the development and improvement of various processes throughout the facility.
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