Traceability at Detroit Edison
Detroit Edison in Warren, MI was located
in the original Ford motorcar factory. Their standards calibration
laboratory was located in one of the oldest buildings. The laboratory
had severe space limitations and was not able to maintain the required
stringent environment controls needed to ensure measurement traceability.
They had been unable to pass 3rd party laboratory certification
audits because of their facility problems. The decision was made
to build a new laboratory. Laboratory personnel did not have the
expertise to design a new laboratory.
On-site with the client
and their architect, UII’s Metrology Services Director developed
a laboratory design construction requirements package using the
National Conference of Standards Laboratories (NCSL) Recommended
Practice RP-7, Laboratory Design as a guide. UII and a
NCSL government-industry committee wrote RP-7.
Detroit Edison used the laboratory
design project booklet to draw up electrical, mechanical and structural
drawings for the construction of a new laboratory that met their
space and environmental needs.