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It’s important to identify measurement standards in your equipment inventory and to include details when documenting procedures. Measurement standards are non-working instruments used for in-house calibrations, checks and standardization procedures that should not be used as day-to-day working instruments in the laboratory. Using measurement standards as “working equipment” can ultimately lead to non-conformities when discovered

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to maintaining procedures that require recurring activities within your quality manual; equipment procedures, technician evaluations, PSP samples, and management reviews – just to name a few. Examples of procedures that don’t require frequencies would be storage, retention and disposal of test samples and identifying samples. Let’s take a

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With the number of labs growing that have implemented R18LabQMS, the number of labs adding satellite lab accounts is also growing. These labs have seen the benefit of the application to manage all procedures in one place and to provide ease of access to the assessor prior to coming on-site. The benefits are numerous, let’s

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2018 is rapidly coming to a close. It was a benchmark year of milestones that have taken R18LabQMS to new heights. Looking back to the early days and development of R18LabQMS, we never imagined the far reach this management tool would have in the industry. A DOT in the Northeast was the very first user

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Training for technicians may be one of the most important activities within the laboratory. Lack of proper training will affect the overall quality of tests results, variability, and ultimately, the bottom line. Whether or not your laboratory is accredited, technician training is a must. You must have training procedures in place, not only for new

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When I first came to the Asphalt Institute laboratory (circa 1994) there were very few computers in the offices. There were only large desktop models and thick massive square monitors. How times have changed! I remember my first computer purchase, it was a ‘386’ with a 40 megabytes hard drive in 1991. I’m not going

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R18LabQMS v2.0 is now live! When you get a chance, check out the new look and features of the application.             Thanks, R18LabQMS Team

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In a recent blog post, we talked about assessment preparation and the impact it will have after the assessor completes their findings on the final report. What makes the process go smoothly is not only the preparation prior to the on-site assessment, but just simply keeping up and reviewing each month. One of the features with

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Being prepared and ready for an on-site assessment will ultimately save countless hours in responding to non-conformities after the assessment is long over. So, how do we prepare for this? Maintaining your quality management system (QMS) is an ongoing process that must be managed monthly and not just before the assessor arrives. Being prepared starts

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Part of the changes to AASHTO R18-16 are management review. Effective April 1, 2017 AASHTO re:source assessor’s began to observe this change. R18LabQMS included the ability to create management reviews in version 1.9.0.1 as indicated on the application news when logging in. The laboratory’s top management is required to review their QMS at least every 12

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