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API Services Completes A2LA Re-Accreditation with Added Machine Tool Scope

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 13:48

(API Services: Newport News, VA) -- Automated Precision–Services Division (API Services), a company specializing in three-dimensional measurements and high-value metrology solutions, announces that it has been awarded accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994, awarded by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). API Services has expanded its current accredited tracker calibration capabilities to include the Omnitrac 2 laser tracker and machine tool calibration equipment/processes. “With this accreditation, our customers have the assurance that the equipment we use and the data we provide is accurate and reliable,” says quality manager Kati Allison.

ISO 17025 certification is a global compliance system for calibration and testing laboratories requiring strict adherence to guarantee the reliability of the measurements provided. Accreditation proves the technical capability of a laboratory to execute certain types of measurement and raises the bar for the company.

“Our recent assessment by A2LA confirming compliance to ISO 17025 is huge for us,” states vice president of services Ron Hicks. “First of all, our continued successful compliance in calibrating our laser trackers at our Newport News, VA, office confirms that our program of personnel training, enhanced processes, and communication with our Rockville, MD, headquarters is working. Our customers should rest assured that that we have the technical knowledge and expertise to calibrate and repair their expensive assets. In addition, the additional scope we have added for CNC machine tool calibration, both standard and volumetric, also assures the customer of the effectiveness of our program. The ISO 17025 accreditation for machine tool calibration is a testament that our API equipment is up to the test and our personnel are trained to use on the customers CNCs.”

This ISO certification shows API Service’s commitment to deliver reliable, high-quality calibrations and to continually improve development processes. The scope of the ISO certificate includes the calibration, repair, and service of test and measurement equipment and software. A2LA accreditation imposes stricter requirements than ISO 17025 and ANSI/NCSL Z540 certification alone, particularly with the focus on technical competence, traceability of measurements, and proficiency of the calibration lab. A2LA is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, public service, membership society whose mission is to meet the needs of both laboratories and their users for competent testing and calibration; improve the quality of laboratories and the data they produce; and increase acceptance of accredited laboratory data to facilitate trade, based on internationally accepted criteria for competence (ISO/IEC 17025:2005).

A2LA-accredited laboratories are recognized and accepted in 46 countries around the globe and in more than 30 federal, state, and local government agencies, companies, and associations. It is also recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), giving more credibility overseas.

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API Services, a metrology and machine tool calibration service company, has been in business since 2008 and is headquartered in Newport News, Virginia. API Services offers machine tool calibration and repair, contract measurement services, tracker and software training, on-site laser tracker calibration and certification, 3-D laser scanning, customized maintenance and support services, and you can rent or be trained on API equipment. Visit www.apitechnical.com for more information.