Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Company based in Pennsylvania, USA, has announced the renewal of its ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation. The accreditation allows the furnace maker to perform certified calibrations for furnace users, a process required by many of the Group’s customers.
The ISO 17025 accreditation is similar to the 9001 Standard but is more specific in requirements for competence. This is the primary ISO Standard used by testing and calibration laboratories. Laboratories use this standard to implement a quality system aimed at improving their ability to consistently produce valid results. Since the standard is about competence, accreditation is simply formal recognition of a demonstration of that competence.
The accreditation is with the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (LAB), headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. LAB specialises in the ISO Standard.
Like the other standards, ISO 17025 allows accredited companies to carry out procedures in their own way, but an auditor may ask the company to justify its methods. Sinterite’s accreditation proves the methods are valid and acceptable, and the calibration technicians are competent. There is now a documented quality management system in place.
With this accreditation, Sinterite joins Gasbarre Press Division, Major Gauge & Tool and McKee Carbide Tool as Gasbarre companies with ISO Accreditation.
Sinterite designs, manufactures and services custom continuous belt and batch furnaces for sintering, steam-treating, annealing, brazing and heat-treating applications.