In-situ calibration

When to Calibrate Medical Equipment

Medical equipment calibration is the process of ensuring the output quality of the equipment is at par with the industry standards. Calibrating equipment is necessary to ensure that the item’s functionality and the result/reading are accurate at the point of delivery.

Why medical equipment needs to be calibrated

Medical equipment is prone to wear and tear over time, directly impacting its performance accuracy. Therefore, regular calibration is the only way to retain the equipment’s effectiveness and minimize risks or uncertainty. The accuracy of such medical equipment is crucial to the overall output for quality and profitability. Regular calibration is required to receive the necessary certifications and authorizations from regulatory authorities.

The frequency of medical equipment calibration depends on the scope and scale of usage. Therefore, the best way to ensure equipment calibration is done regularly is to create a schedule based on the following aspects:

Manufacturer recommended frequency

In most cases, medical equipment and tools come with the manufacturer’s recommendations for calibration frequency. However, you must also factor in the use of the equipment. For instance, devices that perform critical measurements may require different intervals.

Before starting a critical measuring project

Calibrate your equipment before beginning any major project that involves critical measuring. Select the tools and equipment required for the project in advance and have them calibrated before the testing begins to ensure accuracy.

After completing a critical measuring project

It is equally essential to calibrate your tools and instruments after completing the project to keep them ready for future use.  This also proves helpful as it allows you to confirm your results for the completed project or detect any drift.

After an unforeseen accident

If your equipment suffers a sharp, physical impact or undergoes an internal overload, you must get it calibrated immediately.

As per project mandates

Each project has different requirements and calibration standards. While some may require certified and calibrated test equipment regardless of the project size, others might not need specific calibration standards.

At predetermined time intervals

Characteristics of the instrument will drift compared to the last calibration, therefore it is necessary to maintain periodic recalibration in order to guarantee an appropriate quality level. If you use specific equipment for critical measurements often, it would be ideal to have a shorter period between calibrations. These calibration intervals should be optimized to achieve an acceptable level between operational costs and the required accuracy of the instrument used to verify product quality.

Need more information?

Please contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more about our calibration services. Trescal provides a comprehensive range of services for the Life Science industry. All services are performed to regulatory standards for accuracy, reliability, and traceability.

Warehouse temperature mapping

Warehouse Temperature Mapping: A 6-Step Guide

Temperature mapping is the process of monitoring and documenting temperature and humidity fluctuations in a controlled space, such as cold-storage units, warehouses, and laboratories. Conducted over a specific period of time, this process helps improve the detection, analysis and control of any variations that may occur in temperature-sensitive work environments.

Why temperature mapping is important

Businesses with thermal sensitive products, especially in the food and pharmaceutical industry, must maintain specific temperature ranges in warehouses, refrigerators and cold-storage units to comply with regulatory requirements. Variations of even a few degrees can impact product quality. For instance, if a storage area is too cold, products may freeze and be damaged. If the area is too warm, the products lose efficacy or even become unsafe for consumption.

Temperature fluctuations can be caused by changes in weather, location or layout, cooling equipment, air circulation, product quantity and many other factors. With proper processes these variations can be mapped, analyzed and corrected in the entire system as well as specific points, to ensure that controlled storage systems work more efficiently and effectively.

A 6-Step Guide to Successful Temperature Mapping

1. Selecting data loggers

It is crucial to choose loggers that offer the right features for your facility and operations. Common features to consider are storage capacity, sampling rate, temperature range, physical size, and battery life.  Integrated firmware and software can also help make sample collection more straightforward, so take your time to find the right fit for your specific application and analysis requirements.  

2. Sensor distribution & spacing

No two storage facilities are exactly alike, so arrange sensing points along a 3-dimensional grid based on the length, width, and height of the space you’re mapping. Temperature sensors only take measurements at specific points, not an area, so for effective analysis, distribute enough sensors or sample points around the space.

3. Locate critical mapping points

Controlling temperature across large, open facilities is difficult, so look for problem areas or spots that are most vulnerable or likely to cause issues. These include areas near ceilings, external walls, windows, doors, HVAC ducts, machinery, etc. Poor storage planning and air circulation can cause certain spots to heat up, so ensure that temperatures at these points are measured carefully.

4. Record the location sensors

It is essential to document the sensor locations so you can check if faulty units cause unexpected results.  You can do this by assigning and listing the serial numbers and locations of data loggers or maintaining a map with each data logger’s location. Knowing sensor locations will help you recharge temperature sensors and read data more efficiently.

5. Upload & review data

If you want to locate problem areas in your facility, make sure to review and upload data collected during the sampling period. You can use the integrated software to analyze the logged data, and calculate the average kinetic temperature and the minimum and maximum storage facility temperature and products. Typically, in pharmaceutical applications, the software must meet FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements, which is the part of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations that establishes the United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA’s regulations for electronic documentation, and electronic signatures. The integrity of the original data must be guaranteed through encryption.

6. Record & repeat every step

After temperature mapping is completed and documented, repeat the entire process to ensure there are no errors. Try to keep data loggers in the same position they were placed the first time since this will help evaluate the accuracy of your temperature map. You should also repeat the process every time you make modifications to the environment or stock.

ESG

Trescal releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance report

Paris, France – February 15, 2022 –

Over the past year, Trescal have integrated environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives throughout the Group. To assess the initiatives, they have undertaken a third-party audit to measure their performance and identify how to improve.

Trescal’s ESG efforts included three key initiatives:

Integrating ESG principles locally with a QHSE focus

Supporting our workforce’s development

Operating sustainably

The Group’s 2022 commitments were set in accordance with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which encourage companies to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The Group matches its ESG initiatives with three of the UN’s SDGs, Good Health and Well-Being, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Responsible Consumption and Production, to address inequality, poverty, climate action, sustainability, and education.

Read the full report

In-situ calibration

When to Calibrate Medical Equipment

Medical equipment calibration is the process of ensuring the output quality of the equipment is at par with the industry standards. Calibrating equipment is necessary to ensure that the item’s functionality and the result/reading are accurate at the point of delivery.

Why medical equipment needs to be calibrated

Medical equipment is prone to wear and tear over time, directly impacting its performance accuracy. Therefore, regular calibration is the only way to retain the equipment’s effectiveness and minimize risks or uncertainty. The accuracy of such medical equipment is crucial to the overall output for quality and profitability. Regular calibration is required to receive the necessary certifications and authorizations from regulatory authorities.

The frequency of medical equipment calibration depends on the scope and scale of usage. Therefore, the best way to ensure equipment calibration is done regularly is to create a schedule based on the following aspects:

Manufacturer recommended frequency

In most cases, medical equipment and tools come with the manufacturer’s recommendations for calibration frequency. However, you must also factor in the use of the equipment. For instance, devices that perform critical measurements may require different intervals.

Before starting a critical measuring project

Calibrate your equipment before beginning any major project that involves critical measuring. Select the tools and equipment required for the project in advance and have them calibrated before the testing begins to ensure accuracy.

After completing a critical measuring project

It is equally essential to calibrate your tools and instruments after completing the project to keep them ready for future use.  This also proves helpful as it allows you to confirm your results for the completed project or detect any drift.

After an unforeseen accident

If your equipment suffers a sharp, physical impact or undergoes an internal overload, you must get it calibrated immediately.

As per project mandates

Each project has different requirements and calibration standards. While some may require certified and calibrated test equipment regardless of the project size, others might not need specific calibration standards.

At predetermined time intervals

Characteristics of the instrument will drift compared to the last calibration, therefore it is necessary to maintain periodic recalibration in order to guarantee an appropriate quality level. If you use specific equipment for critical measurements often, it would be ideal to have a shorter period between calibrations. These calibration intervals should be optimized to achieve an acceptable level between operational costs and the required accuracy of the instrument used to verify product quality.

Need more information?

Please contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more about our calibration services. Trescal provides a comprehensive range of services for the Life Science industry. All services are performed to regulatory standards for accuracy, reliability, and traceability.

Warehouse temperature mapping

Warehouse Temperature Mapping: A 6-Step Guide

Temperature mapping is the process of monitoring and documenting temperature and humidity fluctuations in a controlled space, such as cold-storage units, warehouses, and laboratories. Conducted over a specific period of time, this process helps improve the detection, analysis and control of any variations that may occur in temperature-sensitive work environments.

Why temperature mapping is important

Businesses with thermal sensitive products, especially in the food and pharmaceutical industry, must maintain specific temperature ranges in warehouses, refrigerators and cold-storage units to comply with regulatory requirements. Variations of even a few degrees can impact product quality. For instance, if a storage area is too cold, products may freeze and be damaged. If the area is too warm, the products lose efficacy or even become unsafe for consumption.

Temperature fluctuations can be caused by changes in weather, location or layout, cooling equipment, air circulation, product quantity and many other factors. With proper processes these variations can be mapped, analyzed and corrected in the entire system as well as specific points, to ensure that controlled storage systems work more efficiently and effectively.

A 6-Step Guide to Successful Temperature Mapping

1. Selecting data loggers

It is crucial to choose loggers that offer the right features for your facility and operations. Common features to consider are storage capacity, sampling rate, temperature range, physical size, and battery life.  Integrated firmware and software can also help make sample collection more straightforward, so take your time to find the right fit for your specific application and analysis requirements.  

2. Sensor distribution & spacing

No two storage facilities are exactly alike, so arrange sensing points along a 3-dimensional grid based on the length, width, and height of the space you’re mapping. Temperature sensors only take measurements at specific points, not an area, so for effective analysis, distribute enough sensors or sample points around the space.

3. Locate critical mapping points

Controlling temperature across large, open facilities is difficult, so look for problem areas or spots that are most vulnerable or likely to cause issues. These include areas near ceilings, external walls, windows, doors, HVAC ducts, machinery, etc. Poor storage planning and air circulation can cause certain spots to heat up, so ensure that temperatures at these points are measured carefully.

4. Record the location sensors

It is essential to document the sensor locations so you can check if faulty units cause unexpected results.  You can do this by assigning and listing the serial numbers and locations of data loggers or maintaining a map with each data logger’s location. Knowing sensor locations will help you recharge temperature sensors and read data more efficiently.

5. Upload & review data

If you want to locate problem areas in your facility, make sure to review and upload data collected during the sampling period. You can use the integrated software to analyze the logged data, and calculate the average kinetic temperature and the minimum and maximum storage facility temperature and products. Typically, in pharmaceutical applications, the software must meet FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements, which is the part of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations that establishes the United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA’s regulations for electronic documentation, and electronic signatures. The integrity of the original data must be guaranteed through encryption.

6. Record & repeat every step

After temperature mapping is completed and documented, repeat the entire process to ensure there are no errors. Try to keep data loggers in the same position they were placed the first time since this will help evaluate the accuracy of your temperature map. You should also repeat the process every time you make modifications to the environment or stock.

ESG

Trescal releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance report

Paris, France – February 15, 2022 –

Over the past year, Trescal have integrated environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives throughout the Group. To assess the initiatives, they have undertaken a third-party audit to measure their performance and identify how to improve.

Trescal’s ESG efforts included three key initiatives:

Integrating ESG principles locally with a QHSE focus

Supporting our workforce’s development

Operating sustainably

The Group’s 2022 commitments were set in accordance with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which encourage companies to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The Group matches its ESG initiatives with three of the UN’s SDGs, Good Health and Well-Being, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and Responsible Consumption and Production, to address inequality, poverty, climate action, sustainability, and education.

Read the full report