When comparing measuring vs monitoring we can see that these are processes used to obtain different data, but with one same result: helping companies make decisions. 

Both allow companies to determine the specific risks that a product or system is exposed to and how it responds to them. As a result, they provide key information toward making improvements in any field. 

When applied to package simulation, these two tools are essential in determining the level of packaging that is necessary to guarantee a safe cargo

Instruments like the Data Recorder are indispensable in measuring and monitoring the hazards faced by a product during the distribution cycle, and providing them with an adequate protection. 

Learn the differences between measurement vs. monitoring and why they are essential in cargo simulation to attain a safe package.

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Measurement vs. monitoring: what is the difference?

On one hand, measuring means the use of instruments to register the characteristics of an item or process. The goal is to evaluate this item or process and characterize it. 

In addition, by performing a measurement it is possible to determine the most common events or characteristics, and which are outside the norm.

A typical example of measurement is the one that is performed on the human body: we can measure the height, weight, blood pressure or temperature of the body. This measurement helps us find deviations from the norm and make decisions.

When applied to the field of packaging, measuring a transport route means recording all the events that take place during the distribution cycle – from the origin of the point of measurement to its destination. In this way, it is possible to characterize the environment and establish a set of rules that define this setting with a focus on hazards. As a result, a set of rules are developed in relation to impacts, vibrations and roll and pitch motions (among others) experienced by the package.

Later on, this information can be applied to package testing processes. 

On the other hand, when comparing measurement vs. monitoring, monitoring means using instruments that record only anomalies or exceptions to the rules established during measurement

When looking to attain a safe package, monitoring uses measuring instruments to determine whether there are hazards that endanger the package beyond normal events.

If out-of-norm values have been experienced, the measuring instruments will determine at which moment, so that decisions can be made in relation to them. 

Monitoring requires to first establish the normal values (in regard to vibrations, compression, acceleration, etc.) that a product + packaging system can withstand via package testing. The monitoring tool is then used to monitor whether these threshold values are exceeded.


The importance of measurement and monitoring for companies

Measurement and monitoring are essential to the success of all companies, including those that depend on guaranteeing a safe cargo.

The main reason for this is that both processes enable companies to have access to objective information and evidences regarding the quality of their products and processes, and to know where they fail.

This information can then be used to maintain the quality of customer service, in addition to establishing a culture of continuous improvement and a Quality Management System. 

In summary, these methods help companies not only to meet customer expectations, but to surpass them, improving their results through an information-based decision making process.

As an example applied to transport simulation, a company could measure the specific parameters that take place during a distribution cycle. It could measure the vibrations in the transport, the accelerations, the pitch & roll motions and shocks. Subsequently, by means of a package testing process, it could design a packaging system that can withstand these hazards, reaching the end customer in perfect condition. 


When should measurements and monitoring be performed?

The measurement vs. monitoring processes is essential for any company looking to improve its results, in addition to detecting failures in processes or products. 

They are also useful in businesses that intend to implement their own Quality Management System (QMS). Here is where the ISO 9001:2015 standard comes in, which establishes the foundations for the creation of a QMS in any industry. 

More specifically, clause 9 of the standard contains information and requirements related to measurement and monitoring methods.


Techniques used to analyze measurement and monitoring results 

There are several steps that must be taken when developing a valid measurement or monitoring process:

  1. Determine in which processes measuring and monitoring are necessary, and identify the parameters that you want to study. When measuring and monitoring the distribution cycle, it is possible to characterize the environment by using devices such as a Data Recorder. In this way, users can clearly comprehend the general hazards that are present during transportation, such as accelerations, vibrations or shocks that a package is able to withstand. The Data Recorder records and stores up to tens of thousands of measured events, which are later analyzed with the purpose of evaluating, characterizing and defining the environment. Moreover, by using this device it is possible to monitor potentially hazardous events that the goods may have experienced during transportation. Or in other words, the exceptions to the rules established during measurement. safe load tt
  2. Describe the conditions under which these measurements are to be performed. For example, how sampling will be performed, under which conditions the process will take place, or the number of samples that are required. 
  3. Make decisions in relation to internal processes: which teams will be collecting this data and how it will be analyzed and documented, or how this information will reach the decision making processes.
  4. Define which goals are to be accomplished, which will be used as criteria to detect successes or failures in the results. For example, the goal may be for the sample to reach its destination safe and sound.

Do you want to know more about measurement vs. monitoring and how to implement it to obtain a safe package? At Safe Load Testing Technologies we help companies attain a safe cargo thanks to the monitoring and measurement of transportation and package simulation. Contact us and let’s talk about how we can help you. 

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