A fluid analysis lab inspires customer trust when the lab is built on a foundation of quality that permeates every aspect. This includes lab design, testing equipment, expertise, reporting and day-to-day practices such as turnaround time. In short, attention to detail translates to lab quality.
Some oil analysis labs offer and encourage lab tours. It is a good way to get a firsthand look at how the lab is designed and how efficient the testing is; a quality lab has a clean look and is designed for efficiency. Maintaining the highest quality standards in all areas culminates a high caliber of test data that is imperative for best-in-class maintenance programs.
ISO/IEC 17025 certification is important. This standard contains technical requirements that ISO 9000 does not, and it is the preferred standard for laboratory quality systems. An outstanding lab will have a quality assurance program that conforms to ISO/IEC 17025 requirements, including continuous improvement.