We use the term monitoring in almost all processes in the ISO standard, and it always comes with measurement or calibration. Monitoring and measurement are the two most performed activities within an industry. They also specifically have a direct connection to calibration. This is why understanding how they relate and the differences between them is important when it comes to instruments and equipment.
Monitoring is the process of analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting data results from a measured parameter within a specified time to verify conformity.
To discover the exact size of the amount of something. Every monitoring activity needs measurement results in order to have valid data for analysis and evaluation.
The comparison of the unit under calibration reading to the output reading of the reference standard. Once we know the true value, we can determine the error, verify if it is within tolerance or specification, and make an adjustment if needed.
When performing a measurement, we use measuring devices, equipment, and instruments. Measuring resources that must undergo calibration to deliver reliable results. During monitoring activities, we use calibrated measuring instruments to achieve confidence with our monitoring results.
The reason that monitoring and measurement are significantly important to the process in calibration are to:
A list that will help determine what should be monitored includes:
An instrument that does not need monitoring could mean that it does not need calibration. Therefore, these monitoring and measuring instruments have no effect or direct impact on the safety or quality of products.
Anything, where calibration is not required, can be removed from the monitoring list.
These requirements are applicable to ISO 17025 and ISO 9001 for monitoring and measurement activities. Therefore, the four main categories are:
When it comes to calibration requirements, both monitoring and measuring must be implemented. Monitoring and measuring are often both used to reference, so it is in almost every process within an industry.