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Control of Inspection, Measuring & Test Equipment

Control of Inspection, Measuring & Test Equipment: OP-760-01 Revision C

Effective Date:1/2/2012
Owner Approval by Arnold B. Waterman, Quality Assurance Manager, on 1/2/2012
Management Approval by Craig O. Garneau, President, on 1/2/2012

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  1. PURPOSE

    To define the processes used to identify, control, and calibrate the monitoring and measurement equipment that QNP uses to demonstrate evidence of conformity of product to determined requirements.




  2. RESPONSIBILITY

    The table below identifies the people and their responsibility relating to this procedure:

     

    Person

    Responsibility

    Quality Assurance Manager

    AS9100 Coordinator

     

    Establish and maintain procedures to identify, control, calibrate, and maintain inspection, measuring and test equipment used in the production of product.

    Perform activities related to the calibration and control of inspection, measuring and test equipment.

    Production Personnel

    Ensure that the inspection, measuring and test equipment used in the production of product is calibrated and suitable.




  3. APPLICABLE FORMS OR REFERENCES

    The table below identifies the number and the title of the forms and references that are applicable to this procedure;

    Form/Reference Number

    Title

    AS9100

    Quality Management Systems - Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations

    OP-824-01 Production Inspections
    FM-760-01 Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Record



  4. POLICIES

    1. The monitoring and measuring required to provide evidence of conformity of product to determined requirements is documented in OP-824-01, Production Inspections. Unless otherwise specified, the ambient manufacturing work environment is acceptable for performing inspections

    2. Verniers, micrometers, pin gages, gage blocks, and other monitoring and measuring devices have been provided by QNP to the appropriate personnel in order to perform the inspections defined by OP-824-01, Production Inspections.

    3. Calibration is defined as the determination of the deviation/variation from a known standard.

    4. Calibration Standard is a measurement reference that is traceable to a nationally/internationally known value or standard such as the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

    5. Equipment to be calibrated on a regular cycle includes;
      • One Inch Depth Micrometers, Calipers, Verniers
      • Pin Gages
      • Tension Meter
      • Gage Blocks
      • Paint Room Oven

    6. Significantly out of tolerance is when the accuracy of the instrument is found off more than 10% of product tolerance.

    7. Calibration stickers are placed on inspection, measuring, and test equipment used at Quality Name Plate and include the following minimum information:
      • Date Calibrated, and
      • Date Next Calibration is due.

      Note: On boxed sets of inspection, measuring, and test equipment a calibration sticker is located on the box containing the set.

    8. Calibration cycle for all inspection, measuring, and test equipment at Quality Name Plate is one year or as required.

    9. A register of all measurement and test equipment , and their calibration records are maintained online in the Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Record, FM-760-01, and contain the following information:
      • Equipment name/type/size
      • Unique calibration serial number
      • Location where used/assigned
      • Calibration frequency/interval
      • Acceptance criteria (tolerance)
      • Condition (accuracy) after calibration
      • Next-Due-Date
      • Traceable standard used or NIST #
      • History of service or repair, if applicable
      • History of rejection, loss, or damage, if applicable
      • Environmental conditions suitable for calibration

    10. Equipment used in the calibration of inspection, measuring, and test equipment is protected and secured by Quality Assurance Personnel. When not in use, employees should store their measuring and test equipment in such a way as to prevent it from being damaged.

    11. Trained supervisors and quality department personnel perform the calibration of inspection, measuring and test equipment.

    12. Employee or customer owned inspection and measuring equipment is calibrated in the same manner as QNP owned inspection and measuring equipment.

    13. Lost or missing measuring equipment should be reported to the Quality Assurance Department. Missing measuring equipment that is later found should be calibrated as appropriate before being returned to use.

    14. Calibrations are scheduled with a qualified commercial/independent laboratory when:
      • Inspection, measuring, and test equipment is beyond in-house capabilities.
      • In-house expertise is not available.
      • Required standards are not available or require special laboratory controls.

    15. During calibration, the measuring and test equipment should be checked for damage, significant wear, or burrs which may affect performance. If appropriate, the equipment should be cleaned or adjusted as necessary by trained members of the quality assurance team.

    16. Owners of measuring and test equipment should receive periodic notifications or training on the proper care and maintenance of their equipment, and reminders to not make unauthorized adjustments.

     



  5. PROCEDURE

    The inspection, measuring, and test equipment at Quality Nameplate is controlled using the following individual procedures:

    5.1 Scheduled calibrations
    Use the table in the table below to assure that inspection, measuring, and test equipment is calibrated according to schedule as indicated in Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Records, FM-760-01.

    Step

    Action

    Person(s) Responsible

     1.

    On a three month basis, review the Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Record database, FM-760-01.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     2.

    Compile a list of all inspection, measuring and test equipment that is due to be calibrated.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     3.

    Calibrate the instrument

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     4.

    Ask: Is the instrument out of tolerance?

    • If NO, go to Step 5.
    • If YES, go to Step 9.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     5.

    Record the out of tolerance condition on Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Record, FM-760-01.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     6.

    Ask: Is the instrument significantly out of tolerance?

    Note: significantly out of tolerance condition is when the accuracy of the instrument is found off more 10% of product tolerance.

    • If NO, go to Step 9.
    • If YES, go to Procedure 5.2, Significantly out of tolerance.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     9.

    Place new calibration sticker on the calibrated equipment.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     10.

    Record the results of the calibration in the Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Record, FM-760-01

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     11.

    Return instrument to proper location/owner.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

    5.2 Significantly out of tolerance
    Follow the steps in the table below when a piece of inspection, measuring and test equipment is found to be significantly out of tolerance.

    Step

    Action

    Person(s) Responsible

     1.

    Piece of Inspection, measuring, and test equipment determined as being significantly out of tolerance.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     2.

    Recheck to verify the condition.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     3.

    Record the out of tolerance condition on Measuring & Test Equipment Calibration/Service Record, FM-760-01.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     4.

    Alert the owner of the out of tolerance condition of their measuring equipment.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     5.

    Ask: is it possible that inspections performed by the equipment could have allowed nonconforming product to be accepted?

    • If NO, go to Step 12.
    • If YES, to go Step 6.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     6.

    Determine potentially nonconforming product that is still at Quality Name Plate.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     7.

    Handle the product as nonconforming material.
    Reference: OP-830-01 Control of Nonconforming Product

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     8.

    Determine potentially nonconforming product that has been shipped to customers.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     9.

    Notify the Customer to:

    • Handle the product as nonconforming material until the customer can verify product is acceptable, or
    • Return the potentially nonconforming material to QNP for re-inspection, rework, or rerun.

    Quality Assurance Personnel

     10.

    Re-inspect the product using a calibrated instrument:
    Reference: OP-824-01 Production Inspections

    Quality Assurance Personnel



  6. RECORDS/OBJECTIVE EVIDENCE

    The retention duration for records referenced in this procedure are available on-line in the FM-423-01 Master Document List with Revision History.
    Records are maintained in accordance with OP-424-01 Control of Quality Records.


  7. REVISION HISTORY

    Revision, approved date, effective date, and a document change summary for this document is located on-line in the FM-423-01 Master Document List with Revision History.