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Ensuring flawless products not only requires careful manufacturing processes, but also the reliable calibration of operating and testing equipment. A crucial aspect is the simple, secure and convenient transfer of calibration data between different systems and applications. This is where the VDI/VDE 2623 interface comes into play, which plays a crucial role in the world of test equipment management.

 

VDI/VDE 2623 – The inconspicuous heroine of test equipment management

In the shadow of the well-known DIN standards that many of us are familiar with, hide the less well-known but equally important VDI guidelines. These guidelines, published by the Association of German Engineers (VDI), offer experts valuable decision-making aids and ensure compliance with recognized standards in a wide range of application areas - from drinking water quality to product development.

However, the VDI guidelines are not binding regulations like the DIN standards. Rather, they are generally accepted recommendations that enable professionals to follow good professional practice. In this context, the “VDI/VDE 2623” guideline for test equipment management plays a crucial role.

 

Why is test equipment management so important?

Calibration of test equipment is essential to ensure that the values displayed by these devices comply with international standards and units of measurement. This is the only way to ensure that different bodies testing the same products come to comparable results. A company must therefore have a wide range of testing equipment for various measurement tasks that measure in different units.

Large amounts of data are generated when calibrating test equipment. This data is often already available in digital form, but in different formats. This makes processing and data exchange significantly more difficult, especially if this information is to be passed on to business partners.

In order to counteract this inefficient and error-prone way of working, the “VDI/VDE 2623” guideline was developed. It standardizes the data format for test equipment management and uses the “Calibration Data Exchange data format” (CDE data format). This enables secure online exchange of test equipment information between different applications and databases.

The application of VDI/VDE 2623 ensures reliable and fast data exchange between different systems, be it between departments, plants or calibration service providers. This offers significant advantages for quality assurance as all relevant data can be easily collected and consolidated.

 

Advantages also for external service providers

The uniform digitalization of data in accordance with VDI/VDE 2623 also brings significant advantages when calibrating test equipment by external service providers. The master data can easily be transferred to the calibration service provider, the results and certificates are returned digitally and stored directly in the testing equipment.

Overall, the VDI/VDE 2623 interface provides an efficient and reliable solution for calibrating and managing test equipment in a world where accuracy and data exchange are critical. This is a major step forward in quality assurance and an example of how technical standards can improve efficiency and accuracy in the business world.

With GOpus' simplified test equipment management, you can connect your SAP quality management with your external calibration service providers. This simplifies communication with external calibration service providers and the management of your test equipment. Once the VDI/VDE 2623 interface is integrated, you can be confident that all data collection and communication will be smooth and seamless. Once the interface is in use, the user no longer has anything to do with recording results, deciding on usage or uploading the certificates. All you have to worry about is shipping and receiving. More information can be obtained here.

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