Hiring a dimensional measurement provider can be a daunting task, especially if you are not well versed in the various techniques that are employed in the industry. What type of measurement techniques should be used for your application? What tolerances are acceptable? What is a reasonable turnaround time for your project?
All of these questions and more can be answered by a qualified provider that offers excellent service.
What to Look for in a Dimensional Inspection Lab
Everybody has different dimensional inspection priorities. Whether you are on a tight budget, face a quick deadline, or have a particularly challenging application, working with a provider that can reliably meet your needs is important.
- Modern equipment - Although the field of dimensional measurement has existed since the first standardized measuring tools were created, the technology is constantly evolving. A facility that doesn't stay on the cutting edge of 3D scanning technology and all the other measurement methods may not be able to provide the most efficient and accurate service. Look for a lab that regularly updates its equipment inventory so that you can get the best service now and in the future.
- ISO 17025 accreditation - An ISO 17025-accredited lab must meet certain quality standards so that you can be confident that your project will get the attention it deserves. ISO 17025 accreditation meets and exceeds the requirements of ISO 9001. Although many dimensional measurement facilities achieve ISO 9001 registration, not as many make the extra effort for ISO 17025 accreditation.
- Prompt service - Some dimensional measurement services can't happen overnight, but you should be able to communicate with your provider as often as necessary. Look for a lab that responds quickly to your inquiries and has the flexibility and capacity to provide rush services if you need them.
- Qualified employees - Dimensional measurement requires both training and experience. Make sure your provider is staffed with technicians who have the level of expertise required for your application. You should also look for a lab that offers the flexibility of on-site measurement and training so you can get the services you need, where you need them.
Founded by a seasoned dimensional measurement professional, Q-PLUS Labs has been in business for almost 30 years. We provide dimensional measurement services to a broad range of industries, including those that must meet the most rigorous standards. Contact us to learn more about the services we offer, or schedule your free consultation today.
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