As UK hire and events company, SLX, prepared for ISO accreditation, it faced the annual prospect of being without its 14 QC-Check workstations for a period of up to four weeks whilst the units go off-site for certification that the PAT testers are within their operation specifications.
However, this year, Data Strategy was able to provide the valuable assistance of VeriCal. The hand-held, on-site alternative to off-site calibration, VeriCal, ensures the Out Board PAT-4 testers – an integral part of the QC-Check system – are within their operational specifications to produce verified and accurate results.
SLX Business Systems & Quality Coordinator, Gary Smith explained “As a busy company, we are very reliant on the equipment passing quickly through the QC-Check inspection process so taking even one workstation out of service would have a big knock-on effect for us. The prospect of taking them all out of service for calibration was quite daunting.”
Data Strategy’s VeriCal enables the recalibration process to take place in-house so that no workstation is out of service longer than it needs to be. VeriCal transformed the previously arduous task of calibration into a simple experience for SLX and Gary marvels that the testing process took just a few days.
With equipment for projects going out hourly, the SLX QC-Check workstations are in constant use. Every item of lighting, sound and rigging equipment is put through the testing process as it comes back in from a hire.
QC-Check takes the operator step-by-step through the full testing procedure, individually tailored by SLX to meet its needs. Equipment requiring an electrical test will be PAT-tested and whilst some equipment requires just one annual test, the QC-Check is so fast and simple to use that SLX run electrical testing just for convenience on items that must be plugged in to be checked. All-important visual testing procedures are also guided by QC-Check, maintaining all items to the high standard expected of the hire company and its customers.