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How long do you keep information about equipment no longer used?

Do you keep a list of items no longer used?

  • Yes - We keep track of everything

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  • No - No list at all

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  • No - Only a list of items in use

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  • We do something else

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#1
Hello forums,

I'm trying to fix up our equipment calibrated list and was wondering if others out there keep a record of items no longer in use and for how long.

For example, one item on our list, a viscosity cup, says "2012- REMOVED FROM SERVICE Failed Internal Calibration"

I would think that if we verify that we no longer have it then we could either keep it on the list for 3 or so years to show that we got rid of it, and then remove it completely after that because at that point it just feels like useless information. My boss seemed a little confused with what I was trying to say, so I was hoping that by bouncing this idea here it would help me out.

Thank you!
 
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#2
I think this is a question about how long to keep calibration records in general, and not so much specifically about references to equipment no longer used. I would say that when a device is permanently taken out of service (and presumably discarded), the associated records should be kept until no longer useful, unless you have a customer requirement to the contrary. By "useful" I refer to records that might be helpful in investigating a nonconformity, for example.
 

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For us, it's driven by customer requirements; for some customers, records related to production are required to be kept by us for 10 years.
 
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