Calibration of gas flow, gas volume, speed and amount of substance gases equipment

The gas and flow laboratory is undergoing development to bring greater dynamics to all services provided. The laboratory is accredited by IPAC – the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) to perform calibration in the following equipment: Gas volume and flow  Domestic and industrial gas meters Flowmeters Wet gas meters Anemometers Amount of material Gas analysers (CO; CO2; NO; NO2; SO2; O2; H2S; CH4; C3H8) Certifications of gaseous mixtures (CO; CO2; C3H8; O2)  
Metrological verification of distance meters

Metrological verification of distance meters

In accordance with current legal framework, metrological control of measuring tools is compulsory, this being the responsibility of the entity using the equipment. Reports are issued by the ISQ in accordance with the legislation in force.
Occupational health and safety

Occupational health and safety

Industrial hygiene Assessment and control of workers' exposure to physical, chemical and biological agents in industrial establishments, workshops, warehouses and laboratories Assessment studies on occupational exposure are performed on the basis of international reference documents and international and portuguese standards (ex: NIOSH; OSHA; HSE; AIHA; NP 1796:2007). Chemical agents  Qualitative risk assessment - identification of chemical agents in the work environment and assessment of the risk arising from the presence of these agents, based on their toxicological and physical properties  Quantitative risk assessment of chemical agents - dust, fibres, gases, vapours, aerosols and smoke Physical agents Assessment of thermal comfort according with ISO 7730 Assessment of thermal stress, with calculation of WBGT index, according with ISO 7243 Assessment of exposure to artificial optical radiation Assessment of exposure to electromagnetic fields, particularly ionising and non-ionising radiation Assessment of lighting levels  Biological agents Assessment of exposure to biological agents, with identification of risk groups. Indoor air quality assessment Assessment of indoor air quality in buildings and non-residential autonomous fractions involving regular safety inspection of the HVAC system and measurement of chemical, physical and biological parameters (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), ozone, formaldehyde, PM10, radon, bacteria, fungi, legionella, temperature, humidity, air speed, air flow rates, number of renewals, efficiency of ventilation and pressure differential, in order to check under pressure or overpressure of rooms).  Assessment of thermal comfort and stress Thermal comfort assessment based on ISO 7730:2005 and proposal of appropriate technical solutions to each case. Thermal stress assessment based on WBGT index (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature), according to ISO 7243. Radiological protection program Development of radiological protection programs in companies that have radioactive sources, and definition of actions to develop regarding protection against ionizing radiation. Classification of clean rooms Classification of clean rooms based on ISO 14644.  
Calibration equipment for the car sector

Calibration equipment for the car sector

The Technical Car Center Laboratory is specialized in the development of methods and procedures of onsite calibration/verification and is a benchmark of pioneering and remarkable practices in measurement equipment. This laboratory calibrates and tests all the equipment of car inspection centers of A and B category. It calibrates and tests DMM´s (Device Monitoring and Measurement), associated to car dealers. It is qualified to perform exhaust gas and opacimeter inspections. The laboratory calibrates and tests the following equipment: Car inspection centers Roller brake tester for motorbikes, quads and light heavy, mixed and heavy vehicles Vehicle side slip tester Suspension test lane Weighing system associated with mixed and heavy vehicle roller braker tester Power test stand Steering wheel aligning machine Machine inspection of 3D quotas Levelling of elevators Headlight tester + Flatness tester Road surface Pedometers Braking system tester Speedometer Legal metrology Analysers of exhaust gases  Opacimeter Car dealers Wrench keys Manometers Painting greenhouses Feeler gauge Calliper gauge Micrometers Comparators Rods Oil meters Wheel calibrators Painting scales Machines to load A/C  
Temperature and humidity testing

Temperature and humidity testing

Accredited laboratory to perform testing in the areas of temperature and humidity. Test and characterization equipment Ovens/Incubators/Refrigerators/Chest freezers/Freezing chambers/ (-197 to 350 ºC) Vacuum ovens / liquid baths (-197 to 180 ºC) Climatic chambers (-50 to 180 °C / 5 to 98 %RH) Climatic test room/wharehouse (environmental conditions) Calibrators ovens (-197 to 1500 °C) Thermocycler/heated blocks (35 to 450 ºC) Dry block heaters (-100 to 1500 ºC) Muffle furnace (100 to 1200 °C) Qualification climatic chambers (pharmaceutical), refrigerators, refrigerated vehicles (-80 to 20 °C) Climatic test room/Refrigeration chamber/Hospitals freeze/Ultra-low temperature freezers (-80 to 0 °C) Cell preservation tanks (-196 ºC) Sterilization autoclaves (0 to 140 °C / 0 to 2.5 bar abs.) Centrifugal machines, testing of temperature and rotation (1 to 30000 rpm) Timers - determination of time between occurrences T ≥ 0.5 s  

Electrical equipment testing and component reliability

Electric equipment testing covered by the Low Voltage Directive according to the European Standards which assumes its compliance with the essential safety requirements. Performance of this kind of testing is one of the pre-conditions for CE marking, within the scope of safety of electric equipment and its sale in the European Economic region. Testing to monitoring and support to manufacturers in the validation of all stages of product from specifications through to review testing and product inspection. This process may involve a product certification body. ISQ has agreements with the Certification Body CERTIF (Association for the Certification) for swifter certification process which issue the licenses based in the ISQ test reports. Reliability testing of components or sub-assemblies in the electric and electronics field, automotive and aerospace. In-service electric equipment testing Testing and measurement of electrical equipment and instrumentation in operation, checking its legal and regulation compliance, maintenance and safety conditions in the electric engineering and instrumentation area. Insulation resistance and dielectric strength Checking transformers processing ratio (TPR) TT and TI processing ratio Circuit-breakers up to 600 A Direct and indirect relays Resistance of earth connection and continuity of earth connection Differential protections Power load testing of emergency generators with resistive loads up to 300 kW Checking the status of each element of the battery Checking the condition of system capacitors of power factor correction Measurement of the contact resistance of the contacts of the poles of isolators and circuit-breakers Direct and indirect relays Measurement of currents, voltages, power and other ratios Thermographic examinations Field instruments Measurement and control loops Electric safety and performance testing of different appliances Transformers (EN 61558 series) Switches for appliances (EN 61058 series) Control devices (EN 60730 series) Electronic equipment (EN 60065) Electrical equipment for industrial use (EN 60204 series) Household, commercial and similar appliances (EN 60335 series) Information technology equipment (EN 60950 series) Light sources, including lighting appliances or luminaires (EN 60598 series) Low-voltage switchgear and control gear for electrical installations - sockets and connectors (IEC 60884, NP EN 1260, EN 50075 standards), installation switches (EN 60669 series), connection devices (EN 60998 series), boxes and enclosures (EN 60670 series) Welding machines (EN 60974 series) Electric low voltage switchboards (EN 61439 series) Laboratory equipment (EN 61010) Fire detection and fire alarm systems (EN 54 series) Intrusion detection systems (EN 50131 series) IP index of protection of enclosures (EN 60529) Reliability testing of components Reliability testing of components or sub-assemblies in the electric and electronics field, automotive and aerospace. Durability testing of assemblies and components, ensuring at the same time monitoring of different parameters (electrical, mechanical, etc.). Cold and dry heat (EN 60068-2-1, EN 60068-2-2) Damp heat (EN 60068-2-30, EN 60069-2-78) Heat and temperature cyclic (EN 60068-2-38) Ageing combining different cycles of temperature and humidity Saline mist (EN 60068-2-11, EN 60068-2-52) Thermal shock and temperature variation (EN 60068-2-14) Exposure to dust (EN 60529, EN 60068-2-68) Leak tightness (EN 60529) Drop (EN 60068-2-31, EN 60068-2-32) Low pressure and dry heat (EN 60068-2-41) Ozone Fluency Solar radiation and rain (EN 60068-2-5, EN 60068-2-9) Power pumping, cyclical twisting Sinusoidal vibration, random and shock in 3 axes, combined with cycles of temperature and humidity (EN 60068-2-6, EN 60068-2-27, EN 60068-2-53, EN 60068-2-64) Resistance to chemical agents Mechanical and electrical endurance Assessment tests of mechanical resistance to impact  
Calibration in the areas of mass

Calibration in the areas of mass, volume and force

The Laboratory of Mass, Volume and Force is accredited by the IPAC  – the national entity member of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) to perform calibrations in the following equipment. Mass OIML masses Unclassified masses   Weighing instruments Volume Micropipettes Dispensers Piston burettes Laboratory glassware Force Dynamometers Force proving rings Tension and/or compression testing machines Torque wrenches Torque meters  
Calibration of optical and topographic equipment

Calibration of optical and topographic equipment

The Laboratory of Optic Metrology is the only accredited laboratory in Portugal for equipment calibration in the fields of photometric and topography. We perform calibration of the following equipment: Photometric Lux meters Luminance meters Colour meters Spectrophotometer and optic filters Optical fibres Optical power measurers Wavelength measurers Laser sources Optic attenuators Optic spectrum analysers and time-domain optic reflection measurement unit (OTDR). Topography Theodolite Total stations EDM's Optical levels Rotating laser levels Non-accredited services Collimators Distance meters Invar rods Topographical sight Laser levels  
Metrological verification in the areas of mass and force

Metrological verification in the areas of mass and force

Qualified Laboratory to perform metrological verifications of weighing and mass machines and of strength testing machines.
Management systems consulting/auditing

Management systems consulting/auditing

Management systems consulting is there to help organisations by creating methodologies that help them develop and find the best way to achieve improved internal process effectiveness and efficiency, thus offering more suitable products, meeting the expectations of customers and helping them to increase their productivity and competitiveness in an ever more competitive environment. Consulting services rendered by ISQ further enable organisations to certify their management system, particularly in highly regulated sectors, in order to maintain their competitiveness. Quality ISQ provides consulting and auditing services of quality managements systems according to the universal used standard NP EN ISO 9001. Other standards or technical specifications adapted to industrial sectors can be used by ISQ, such as, TS 16949 to the car industry. Energy Energy management systems consultancy ensures more rational product enhancement during the different processing stages and control of energy impacts. The ISQ approach focuses on minimizing energy consumption while ensures the quality of both products and processes assisting companies in their corporate responsibility improvement. ISQ use commonly NP EN 16001 standard (equivalent to ISO 50001). Innovation and development To provide consulting and auditing services of innovation and development managements systems ISQ use NP 4456, NP 4457, NP 4458 standards along with technical specifications adapted to specific industrial sectors. Social responsibility and sustainability Analysis and control of social impacts contribute positively to the development of products and processes and the quality perceived by the community, resulting in duly implemented social and ethical practices. Internationally accepted standard is SA 8000, although ISQ also uses the increasingly relevant GRI - Global Reporting Initiative reference. Food safety Analysis and control of the impacts on quality to ensure maximization of the quality perceived by customers and compliance with the implicit quality in the product, normally governed by compulsory legal requirements. Commonly used standard is NP EN ISO 22000 (equivalent to ISO 22000). ISQ also uses the BRC and IFS references, increasingly required in many contracts. Safety and health at work Consultancy in safety at work management systems enables organisations to certify their health and safety at work management systems. Standard used is NP 4397 (similar to OHSAS 1800 specification). Other standards or technical specifications adapted to industrial sectors are additionally used by ISQ. Environment Consultancy in environmental management systems by ISQ is there to analyse and reduce environmental impacts during the production cycle and on all stages of product processing. Universally used standard is NP EN ISO 14001 (equal to ISO 14001). There are further standards or technical specifications adapted to industrial sectors and which can be used as reference or used complementarily. Integrated management systems ISQ consulting in Integrated Management Systems enables organizations, in addition to the development of their internal processes, to obtain certification of its integrated management system, covering aspects related to environmental impacts, quality, social and safety and health at work, usually governed by compulsory legal requirements. Standards used are NP EN ISO 14001, NP EN ISO 9001, SA 8000 and NP 4397, respectively for environment, quality, social responsibility and safety and health at work.  
Metrological verification of storage tanks

Metrological verification of storage tanks

The LabVolume is a testing laboratory that provides volumetric calibration services and, as Metrological Verification Body, legal metrological control services of fixed storage tanks, road and rail tankers and automatic levels. Equipments and accredited methods Vertical cylindrical tanks – calibration by volumetric method – ISO 4269:2001 Vertical cylindrical tanks – calibration by strapping method – ISO 7507-1:2003 Vertical cylindrical tanks – calibration by optical reference line method – ISO 7507-2:2005 Vertical cylindrical tanks – calibration by internal electro-optical distance-ranging method – ISO 7507-4:2010 Horizontal cylindrical tanks – calibration by internal or external manual methods – ISO 12917-1:2002 Horizontal cylindrical tanks – calibration by liquid measurement method – ISO 4269:2001 Spheres storage tanks – calibration by liquid measurement method – ISO 4269:2001 Spheres storage tanks – calibration by external manual method – API 2552:1996  
Metrological verification of temperature equipment

Metrological verification of temperature equipment

Qualified Laboratory to perform legal metrology verifications in the area of the thermographs and temperature recorders. As Metrological Verification Body, qualified for the following standards: NP EN 12830:2008 Temperature recorders for the transport, storage and distribution of chilled, frozen, deep-frozen/quick-frozen food and ice cream. Tests, performance, suitability. Type approval, initial verification. NP EN 13485:2003 Testing, assessment of performance and aptitude of temperature recorders for transport, storage and distribution of refrigerated foodstuffs, frozen, ultra-frozen and ice creams. NP EN 13486:2003 Temperature recorders and thermometers for the transport, storage and distribution of chilled, frozen, deep-frozen/quick-frozen food and ice creams. Mandatory Periodic Verification.
Assessment of maintenance services providers

Assessment of maintenance services providers

ISQ AGD is a consulting process for the implementation of quality assessment systems in the delivery of contracts for the provision of maintenance services. These contracts are designed to be developed into two distinct phases and normally takes place over a period of three to four years. Development Identification, together with the customer and the service providers, of the parameters to be measured, duly adapted to the scope of activities covered in the contracts, facilities and equipment to assess, i.e. we define service standards adapted to the current state of objects to evaluate. The aim of this process is not to penalise service providers, but rather to create fair assessment parameters that allow this characterization to reflect the quality of services rendered in accordance with the initial state of objects. One of the grounds for this methodology is the assessment of various objects before performing the activities provided for in the service contracts, not only to be able to characterize the condition in which the objects are but also to be able to assess the adaptability of the periodicity of interventions. Monitoring Definition of sampling models, considered significant as they enable the assessment of the quality of different service contracts. Given the high volume of information that the system thus created offers, the sampling required for the assessment of the condition of equipment and facilities is frankly lower than that used in conventional systems and, consequently, its cost is very low. In this phase, the intention if that the customer, the service provider and the teams of the ISQ assess the various objects in order to establish a history, thus creating a real service profile. This process can be simplified by processing a high volume of data through a WEB interface application which allows for the dematerialisation and relocation / globalisation of the entire process of data introduction and storage, assessment consulting and reporting in a very simple and intuitive way.  
Assessment of proposals

Assessment of proposals, suppliers and specifications

ISQ offers a multicriteria analysis service for evaluation of proposals and its technical and economic aspects, assessment of suppliers and analysis and review of tender specifications and technical specifications. ISQ uses all its experience and technical capacity in this area, thus assisting companies in complying with the deadlines both as to the implementation of projects and respective budgets. Analysis and assessment of proposals Analysis of proposals, drafting a comparative map and assessment of the work proposed, in accordance with the specifications and standards or international guidelines for the completion of the work in question. Analysis and review of technical specifications Preparation and validation of technical specifications, responding to customers' needs and in accordance with the codes of construction/repair, standards, laws and regulations applicable in the areas: Welding in polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) Installations of air conditioning or HVAC Networks of transportation and distribution of gas and water and sanitation Environment Service contracts of inspection and maintenance Technical specifications and acceptance criteria for materials Audits for the qualification of suppliers Preparation of audit programs covering the entire chain: Search, Selection, Evaluation, Qualification, Monitoring and Development of suppliers, performing the customer only the management of the process.  
Environmental assessment

Environmental assessment

ISQ provides a wide range of services in the area of environmental assessment, including monitoring and consultancy activities in all stages of any project or infrastructure - from project to decommissioning - including all environmental descriptors - water, air, soil, wastes, noise, ecology and dangerous substances.   Environmental surveillance and monitoring of construction projects ISQ supports the promoter or the contractor and develops the necessary actions within the framework of environmental on-site management, thereby ensuring compliance with the environmental legislation applicable to building and construction and implementation of good environmental practices. ISQ possesses environmental laboratories, fully equipped and certified according to international standards; therefore ISQ can also undertake the environmental monitoring of any construction project, performing in-situ monitoring, sample collection and laboratorial analysis.   Environmental audits ISQ undertakes audits to evaluate the environmental performance of an organization, under predefined audit criteria. This diagnosis tool implies a documental analysis, complemented with an evaluation of on-site activities, processes and infrastructures. ISQ undertakes environmental audits with the following scopes: Internal, external and second party audits (suppliers and/or clients) to environmental management systems Legal compliance evaluation Due diligence   Air quality studies Emissions and quality monitoring Mathematical modelling of the air pollutants dispersion Evaluation studies of ambient air quality in accordance with European Directives on ambient air quality Evaluation studies of air pollution impacts on human health, according to guide values of the World Health Organization Technical consultancy in pollutant emissions reduction, including feasibility studies, technical and economic viability studies on best available techniques Greenhouse gases emission calculation   Environmental liability and risk analysis Environmental risk analysis makes it possible to determine the probability of occurrence of a specific environmental damage and its consequences on the environment and human health. It is performed in 4 sequential phases: Preliminary diagnosis; Definition of the conceptual model; Environmental risk analysis and Identification of corrective measures and estimated costs. The methodology developed by ISQ follows international regulations and specific software is used for risk analysis, such as RISK WORKBENTCH, MODFLOW and others. Environmental risk analysis is a tool used for the preparation of safety reports in the framework of SEVESO Directive and also for the application of the environmental liability regime (Environmental Liability Directive).   Environmental impact assessment An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of the possible positive or negative impacts that a proposed project may have on the environment, to ensure that decision makers (promoters and public authorities) consider the resultant environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to proceed with a specific project. The environmental impact evaluation process always includes a public consultation phase. ISQ possesses multidisciplinary teams that are able to provide technical support to our clients throughout the whole administrative procedure of Environmental Impact Evaluation, starting with the preparation and delivery of the EIA, and also providing technical support in the contacts with Competent Authorities and during the public consultation.  
Calibration of electric equipment and radiofrequency

Calibration of electric equipment and radiofrequency

The Laboratory of Electric Metrology and Radiofrequency performs equipment calibrations in the electric and radiofrequency area both in its laboratory, in the mobile laboratory or at the customer's premises. Equipment calibration in the following magnitude DC and low frequency Calibrations of direct current or alternated current, resistance, capacity, inductance and of active or reactive mono-phase or three-phase electric power. High frequency Power calibrations in RF (power sensors and measurers), amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, phase modulation, harmonic distortion, attenuation, reflection and transmission coefficients.  
Metrological verification of tanks

Metrological verification of tanks

The LabVolume is a testing laboratory that provides volumetric calibration services and, as Metrological Verification Body, legal metrological control services of fixed storage tanks, road and rail tankers and automatic levels.  Equipments and accredited methods Road and rail tankers  – ISO 4269:2001 Automatic level gauges for measuring the level of liquid in storage tanks – ISO 4266-1/3:2002  

Fire safety

ISQ performs assessment of explosion risk in environments with explosive atmospheres, to check compliance of installations with the legal requirements, within the scope of the ATEX Directive and to perform inspection of fire safety systems. ATEX Directive Classification of hazardous areas, in accordance with European and international standards and codes. Inspection of electrical/mechanical equipment installed in classified areas and assessment of their suitability and condition based on IEC 60079-17 and EN 13463-1 standards. Preparation of manuals for protection against explosions, identifying areas deemed dangerous, possible sources of ignition and assessment of explosion risk. Inspection of fire safety systems ISQ is the technical partner of the entity in charge of safety (owner, manager of the building and condominium administration), checking the operational and maintenance capacity of all fire safety systems in the building in accordance with CEPREVEN and NFPA international standards. Among the systems and equipment covered, we highlight: Fire trap doors and compartmentalisation Signage and emergency lighting Automatic fire detection systems  Smoke control systems (smoke extraction) Means of intervention (extinguishers and fire fighting piping) and means of automatic fire extinguishing with water (sprinklers, foams) or other extinguishing agents, pumping stations.  
Metrological verification in the car sector

Metrological verification in the car sector

Laboratory qualified to perform verifications of exhaust gas analysers and opacimeter systems. Analysers of exhaust gases Opacimeter systems
Calibration of acoustic and vibration equipment

Calibration of acoustic and vibration equipment

The Acoustics and Vibration Laboratory performs calibration of different equipment associated to noise measurement and clinical audiometric studies. It offers solutions to the industrial area by performing vibration measurement and equipment calibration, along with works in the hygiene and safety areas, particularly as regards vibrations associated to the human body. Acoustics IEC61672 Sound lever meters Sound lever meter filters of octave band and fractional octave band - IEC61260 Acoustic calibrators Noise dosimeters Piston phones Audiometers Vibration Singe axis and triple axis accelerometers with capacity for frequency response ascertainment Vibration calibrators Vibration measurement systems  Vibration measurement systems associated to human body, hand-arm, whole body Systems of vibration measurement, in accordance with standard ISO 8041:2005, from 0,5 Hz to 10 kHz Calibration of seismographs
Diagnosis of compliance with the legal requirements

Diagnosis of compliance with the legal requirements

Environmental diagnosis and health and safety in the workplace audit/diagnosis services are there to advise organizations on the compliance with the applicable law. The audit/assessment/diagnosis “portrays” the environmental and health and safety in the workplace legal status of an organization. ISQ offers a Database of Legislation - BDLeg  to help companies understand and manage the Portuguese and EU legislation applicable to their activities, in the areas of environment, quality and safety and health in the workplace and, in addition, to allow the compliance as regards requirements (point 4.3.2) of standards ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. ISQ expertise Check on site fulfilment of legal requirements Identification of measures for improvement Definition of an action after each analysis Audit report/diagnosis