In a context of increasing globalization, where competition intensifies every year, companies in the Industry sector must face many challenges. Among them, the management of production, the activity that directly generates wealth, is a major issue on which they devote significant resources. However, a key point for these industrial companies is to be able to validate this production. This validation often involves a quality control system.
In practice, this control is often performed on one or more samples taken from the production line. There is a wide variety of controls which can be destructive or not. Indeed, we distinguish between operations that alter and degrade the tested parts, such as tensile or hardness tests, and operations that do not impact the structure or materials of the product, such as visual inspections or radiography. The choice of tests to be carried out often depends on the technical specifications to be met and the financial resources deployed. Following these tests, the decision to accept, reject or modify the part is made, which may or may not impact the validation of the entire production.
To go further in the validation of their production, companies can rely on several standards. The ISO 9001, common to all companies whatever their field of activity or size, defines the requirements in terms of quality management. It is intended for companies wishing to increase customer satisfaction and ensure the production of compliant products. More specifically for laboratories or services dedicated to quality control, ISO 17025 specifies the “general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”. Thus, tests performed in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory provide the certainty that these tests are performed in compliance with the established rules.
Thus, to justify the respect of these standards and thus to be able to validate with force their production, the dedicated services in the companies or the laboratories consulted call upon management tools. This is particularly the case for TEEXMA® software, which can be used in all areas of the industry and allows, among other things, to capitalize, organize and trace all data related to testing. For example, TEEXMA® makes it possible to consolidate information on samples, technicians or test equipment used during tests in a very simple way. One of the advantages of this organized database is the ability to find information very quickly thanks to different advanced search modules and all this in a single tool. It is then possible to instantly find out which tests have been performed on which samples, by whom, when, with which testing means, etc…
TEEXMA® allows, among other things, to build a test library, to update the staff’s authorizations repository and to manage a machine park. However, TEEXMA® also has other options aimed at reducing non-operational time and thus drastically increasing laboratory efficiency. This is notably the case for the planning module, which optimizes internal resources, the results entry module, which allows laboratory technicians to enter test results, and the extraction module, which automatically generates all types of documents such as test reports, avoiding double entry and the risk of human error. Finally, indicators on the activity of the laboratory are also accessible and customizable according to the needs.
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