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Old 13th February 2018, 05:43 PM
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Re: Producing IATF 16949 compliant calibration certificates

In Reply to Parent Post by Golfman25 View Post

Idk, but lets break it down.

You make a wrench.
You calibrate the wrench during assembly based on calibrated testing equipment which is done by a 17025 lab.
You issue a calibration certificate that the wrench is "good" based on your testing.
Your customers complain because your certificate doesn't show you are 17025 accredited, because you are not.
They don't like it because now they have to explain something to "the auditor."

Well in order to meet the equipment manufacturer "exception" your customer has to ensure you meet the requirements. Basically 5:
a) adequacy of procedures
b) competency of personnel
c) testing of the product
d) capability to perform correctly and traceability
e) customer requirements
f) review of related records.

I don't know if naming the calibration lab "works" because they are not calibrating the wrench. You're showing traceability which is on part. It sounds to me like you will have to show the balance of the requirements as well.

You may need to sit with your customer and figure out what they need. My guess is they haven't really thought about it.
From my point of view I consider the externally contracted lab to be the defacto calibrator as the testing is robotic and set up by them. We don't touch it. It could be considered the same as if it were magically shipped to their location, calibrated, and zapped back. Their procedures, conformance and their calibration records would be by their control and on their accreditation. The only action by our people is to place the wrench on the unit and press go.
If we set up the certification by the contractor's name, with their blessing of course, wouldn't this meet the IATF requirements without an exception?

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