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AASHTO Technical Exchange If you’re planning to attend the first annual AASHTO Technical Exchange in Annapolis, MD next week March 27-29, we will have a booth setup at the meeting. So come by and say “Hello!” We’ll be there everyday providing demos and answering questions. Feel free to ask us any questions about the application,

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Here’s what’s new with the application in v1.8… With the end of the year fast approaching, we’re releasing a new update. Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the new changes! Quality Manual Progress Bar Located on the Dashboard, view your progress as you complete your QM. From the progress bar you can view the

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Have you ever stopped to determine just how much it costs to respond to non-conformities after an on-site assessment? If you’re like me, it can be frustrating going back and forth with a quality analyst during the 90-day resolution process. The question is, what does it cost in time, money, resources, and the overall impact

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Changes in standards When a laboratory takes on the task of accreditation it seems like a daunting task to initiate and maintain. Keeping up with the latest changes in standards can be easily overlooked in the process. When it comes to changes in the AASHTO R18 standard they can be subtle and be brought to

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With many labs, it is easy in the busy season to put off changes that occur within your Quality Management System. One area that is easily overlooked are processes and procedures that are not related to equipment procedures. Within R18LabQMS, this can easily be monitored on the dashboard under the recurring checklist. On the first

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Have you added a new piece of equipment to the R18LabQMS application recently or maybe your first piece of equipment into the inventory? If you have, you probably noticed that one of the requirements for new equipment added to the inventory is to specify the the next or upcoming procedure date for both calibration and maintenance

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Keeping updated on all your accreditation events are essential. While the basics are maintaining your Quality Management System (QMS), participating in the proficiency sample program and an on-site inspection every 24 months – that’s just the beginning. While there are other accreditation organizations, I will refer to the requirements/events required by the AASHTO Accreditation Program

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If your laboratory is accredited with AMRL, it’s that time of year to complete your Criteria Compliance Document (CCD.)is due on or before May 31, 2014. The CCD is an annual review of your organizational structure, along with other basic laboratory and personnel information. Where can I find this document? Log-in to your account at

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2013 has been a busy year for the R18LabQMS team! We have gone from beta testing to initial launch on March 1st. There continues to be significant interest with no signs of slowing down in 2014. We now have users in 18 states including 4 DOTs, with AMRL actively evaluating the application providing their input.

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AMRL was established as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1965. In 1966 AMRL’s Laboratory Assessment and Proficiency Sample programs were introduced that covered just the basics – soil, aggregate and bituminous materials. Twenty-two years later in 1988, the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) was established to provide formal recognition for construction materials

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