How do you handle damaged IM&TE in your organization?

dubrizo

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How do you handle damaged IM&TE in your organization?

Is there an "industry standard" for how this is handled?
 

somashekar

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As you say damaged, I can think of how you can handle as any capital equipment.
1. Repair and calibrate and use as necessary.
2. Scrap and account in your capital equipment ledger.
 

BradM

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I assume you're referring to: Inspection, Measuring, and Test Equipment.

You might consider assessing your failures 2 different ways: 1) instruments that exceed specified tolerance; and 2) instruments broken or lost.

For 2) once an instrument is reported broken/unusable, I would attempt to repair/send off for repair/calibration. Typically the repair service can assess the initial condition. It could simply be a blown fuse, and was totally detectable by the user. These types of activities where that instrument failure (up until the time it stopped being used) had no impact, I would state a failure notice wouldn't be needed. The work performed and the non-scheduled calibration can be documented on a work order/ work request.

If the instrument malfunction is not detectable by user, or could have potentially impact the readings/ process, a failure notification should be issued. On the failure, the end user can document if the failure was discovered during use, if there were any studies/measures that appear to be affected, etc. This is a "best effort" documentation. :) After all, the instrument was lost or just stopped working. But at least trying to assess if there appeared any process impacts and such is better than nothing.
 
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