Key Instruments: Your Key to Flowmeter Manufacturer
High Quality Flowmeters for Reliable Flow Measurement
Serving a broad scope of industries, Key Instruments is a leading manufacturer of flow meters and flow instrumentation. A world-class custom flowmeter designer and producer, Key Instruments adheres to strict quality control standards. When you need accurate instrumentation, rely on Key Instruments for precise flow measurement. Our Quality Control (QC) system enables us to manufacture superior precision equipment; Key Instrument customers have come to expect nothing less than the best.
Key Instruments’ QC system utilizes the commitment of every employee from each rung of the corporate ladder. In a dynamic manufacturing and marketing environment, effective and rapid response is key. At Key Instruments, a comprehensive and flexible QC system allows us to make your needs our top priority. Through maintenance of our system, we provide the highest quality products without unnecessary costs or delays that come from an impractical QC system.
The quality assurance program begins with our Incoming Inspection department. Every product’s component first undergoes rigorous inspection to ensure quality. From scheduling and in-process verifications to in-process inspection and flow testing, our products are closely monitored and controlled. Our final assembly and testing steps ensure the best possible product. Every Key Instruments flow instrumentation product is rigorously tested and manufactured to exact specifications and standards. The result: Key Instruments flow instrumentation products function properly right out of box and are unparalleled in accuracy.
We are proud to emphasize our FDA Good Manufacturing Practices compliance. Additionally, Key Instruments’ laboratories are fully equipped for conducting NIST traceable calibration and certification for a wide range of flow ranges and flow meter types. These two standards help regulate the production of our complete line of standard and custom flow meter.
FDA Good Manufacturing Practices in Flow Meter Manufacturing
The FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) comprise a set of government regulations, codes, and guidelines for the manufacturing of drugs, medical devices, diagnostic products, foods, and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The GMP ensures safety in products by monitoring every aspect of a manufacturing process from the design of a product, to the physical production, testing, packaging, and storage of both components and finished goods. Even after the flow meter has been delivered, you can rely on our Good Manufacturing Practices: the Key Instruments commitment to GMP ensures a promptly and properly serviced product if ever necessary.
By administering and complying with FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices, Key Instruments maintains an active quality control documentation process. This documentation tracks all aspects of the production of goods from the purchase of raw materials to final testing and sale of finished goods. The FDA monitors this documentation system with regular audits to ensure compliance. Additionally, our precise documentation system allows us to continually improve the manufacturing process, which leads to the consistent production of high quality flow meters for our customers. Key Instruments does more than adhere to GMP: we have and will continue to strive to exceed FDA guidelines for safety and quality.
NIST Traceable Flow Instrumentation
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 as a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the overall quality of life through measurement, standards, and technology.
To help meet measurement and standardization needs, NIST provides a wide range of services including calibration, measurement quality assurance programs, standard reference data, and more, to assist customers in establishing traceability. Traceability is key in producing the highest quality products. Key Instruments uses NIST traceable equipment to guarantee to customers the accuracy and durability of our flow instrumentation products. A strict calibration system ensures that all measuring and testing equipment is functional and accurate; having been calibrated to an NIST Standard. All instruments used in manufacturing are controlled by this system, which requires that calibrations are performed on a regular basis. In addition, this system provides recorded data for all calibrations done, which is audited regularly by our internal Quality Assurance Manager.
Recognizing flow meter accuracy is necessary to our customers's product quality, Key Instruments proactively approaches measurement and certification of flow instrumentation solutions. Awarded a US patent for the development of a NIST primary flow standard in 1981, Key Instruments has set the standard for flow measurement technique for all flowmeter manufacturers.
Today our Flow lab continuously conducts in-process inspections of the production of new parts and provides support to all aspect of operations. Our lab continually monitors our production to ensure the accuracy of our testing of our flow meters and custom pneumatic subsystems.