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Afternoon, With the release of v1.9.5, we experienced a few issues with the update that caused a few bugs with the application. Primarily, this involved procedures appearing on the Dashboard as “Never Completed” even though a procedure had been completed previously. Going forward, the update will prevent procedures from appearing on the Dashboard as “Never Completed” which

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This is to notify you that at 10 p.m. (EST) Thursday, June 22nd, the application will undergo site maintenance and will be inaccessible until 12 a.m. (EST) Friday, June 23rd. After completion of the maintenance, you may come across temporary outages of the application or limited capabilities of application for 24-48 hours after the scheduled

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2016 has been a year of growth and changes for R18LabQMS. The support and feedback from the users has enabled us to build on what is already a great management tool! Success and growth of R18LabQMS We continue to grow! We are now used in 30 states, 2 countries, at 5 DOTs and one university. Users

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In our February 29th blog earlier this year we talked about equipment inventory guidelines. I’m going to hit on a few points about equipment procedures and what is required. Laboratories often ask how they can get started with accreditation especially when it comes to the required documentation in writing and developing a comprehensive cal/check/standard and

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Last month we discussed section number updates due to the AASHTO R18 change for 2016. This will take place when the 2016 upgrades are completed in December, 2016. As part of the changes being made, we are cleaning up the quality manual to make it easier to navigate and to eliminate clutter. By doing so,

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As we make updates I wanted to drill down on the change that will be seen in the quality manual within the R18LabQMS application. Some section numbers will remain the same, while others have changed. A good example is section 5.8.2 (formerly 5.7.2), “the laboratory shall maintain a procedure used in responding to customer complaints”

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The longer I’m in this business the more I understand the need for quality and maintaining our laboratory’s equipment maintenance and calibration records. Let’s take a look how this can dramatically affect the business of a construction materials operation and their bottom line. I’ll use the example of a laboratory that uses a dynamic shear

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The Terms of Service for the R18LabQMS application have been updated, including the initial process of accepting the terms as each user logs in. Previously, when the Primary Lab Manager initially subscribed and accepted the terms all other users were not required to accept the terms. From here forward, all users of the application will

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Let’s focus on what makes up the Quality Manual using R18LabQMS. While there is much flexibility that we will discuss, the QMS sections are numbered and correspond to AASHTO R18 in the management and technical sections 5 and 6. As the standard changes the application is updated to reflect those changes which we are anticipating

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I’m often asked what equipment is required to be maintained in a laboratory’s QMS inventory. To answer this question let’s take a look at the guidelines of AASHTO R18, section 6.1.1. It is stated that a laboratory shall maintain an inventory of major sampling, calibration, standardization, check equipment and measurement standards. Major equipment is defined

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