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Successful Audit by Medical Device Manufacturer to 17025 Requirements

August 22, 2013—Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. Successfully Completes Audit by Medical Device Manufacturer to 17025 Requirements— Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. announced today the successful completion of their first 17025 customer audit. The audit was conducted at the corporate office of Integrated Service Solutions by a customer who is an international medical device manufacturer.

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In July, 2007, Integrated Service Solutions earned the A2LA 17025 accreditation. Since that time, the Company undergoes annual assessment audits by A2LA which is the accrediting organization.

“Typically, we host twelve to sixteen customer audits annually at our facility,” said Catherine Peetros, Director of Business Development. “However, this is the first time that a customer conducted their audit to the rigorous requirements of 17025.”

Audits conducted to 17025 requirements focus on the competence of calibration laboratories and a quality system that demonstrates the ability to consistently produce valid results. In addition, the auditor looks for proof that there are continuous improvements to the quality system itself and, in particular, communication to the customer.

Noteworthy comments from the auditor include feedback such as:

  • Very impressed with the facility and the Metrology Lab
  • Your electronic documentation is the first I’ve seen of its kind. Typically, an audit consists of reams and reams of paper. Having everything electronic is impressive and a first of its kind.
  • Your quality system is mature and everything is well documented including your training records
  • There is clear evidence that dollars are reinvested in the company

“Customer satisfaction is a key component of our service business and ties directly to our 17025 accreditation as well as our ISO registration. So we regularly survey our client base to get their feedback, insight and suggestions. Our client satisfaction program is a mature system with traceable results and is a vital differentiator when customers are choosing their service provider,” added Peetros.

About Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.
Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. is a privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 registered and an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company with a demonstrated ability to perform specific calibrations.

The company, founded in 1998, specializes in providing equipment services to more
than 500 regulated businesses nationwide. The Company, has a staff of nearly sixty full-time employees to provide single source service solutions across multiple technologies including:

  • On-site Equipment Calibrations
  • Metrology Laboratory Calibrations
  • Equipment Preventive and Corrective maintenance
  • Certifications for biosafety cabinets, hoods and cleanrooms
  • Analytical Services for HPLC, GC, and Dissolution
  • Validation Services (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development and Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Technical Staffing, Training and Quality Engineering Consulting Services

Located in Eastern Montgomery County, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, the Company has Geothermal heated and cooled Metrology, Physical Dimensional, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis, Pipette and Mass (weight) Laboratories for precision calibrations.

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Metrology Lab 360 Degree Virtual Tour

August 2013 – Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. Adds 360 Degree Virtual Tour of Metrology Lab – While nothing beats actually coming on-site for a tour of our calibration lab, taking a virtual tour is the next best thing. Click here to view the Metrology Lab 360° Virtual Tour Click Here

Virtual Tour

The Metrology Laboratory at Integrated Service Solutions is state-of-the-art in its design and work flow plans. The bright and spacious laboratory occupies about half of the 20,000 sq. ft. of the corporate facility and is environmentally monitored for temperature and humidity.

“The most recognized names in the life science industry as well as forensic labs and cosmetics and food and beverage companies ship their test and measurement equipment to our laboratory for calibration,” said Catherine Peetros, Director of Business Development. “We wanted to provide our customers as well as visitors to our web site with a panoramic vista of our Metrology Lab so they could see first hand where their equipment is calibrated.”

“Be sure to check back often for updates to our web site including expanded services, as well as more photos and virtual tours,” added Peetros.

About Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.
Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. is a privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 registered and an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company with a demonstrated ability to perform specific calibrations. The company, founded in 1998, specializes in providing equipment services to more than 500 regulated businesses nationwide. The Company, has a staff of nearly sixty full-time employees to provide single source service solutions across multiple technologies including:

  • On-site Equipment Calibrations
  • Metrology Laboratory Calibrations
  • Equipment Preventive and Corrective maintenance
  • Certifications for biosafety cabinets, hoods and cleanrooms
  • Analytical Services for HPLC, GC, and Dissolution
  • Validation Services (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development and Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Technical Staffing, Training and Quality Engineering Consulting Services

Located in Eastern Montgomery County, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, the Company has Geothermal heated and cooled Metrology, Physical Dimensional, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis, Pipette and Mass (weight) Laboratories for precision calibrations.

For more information about Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.: http://www.integratedservicesolutions.com

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ISO 9001:2008 Re-Certification Concluded Successfully

July 2013 – Integrated Service Solutions recently completed their annual ISO 9001:2008 re-certification audit by UL DQS, Inc.

ISO 9001:2008 Registered

LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIATriennial ISO Assessment Concluded Successfully. Integrated Service Solutions recently completed their annual ISO 9001:2008 re-certification audit by UL DQS, Inc.

ISO 9001:2008 Registration. Our registration is from UL DQS, Inc. This is an internationally recognized standard to ensure that a company’s quality management system is operating effectively and that clear corporate goals have been defined. Our most recent audit concluded 4.11.13. Click Here to View ISO 9001:2008 Registration. Highlights of the assessment include:

  • A Quality Management System (QMS) that is mature.
  • Established procedures and processes are in place for the delivery of services. All calibrations for new customers are 100% reviewed by the quality team. All new technicians receive hands-on training in the field by senior staff and their work is 100% inspected.
  • Customer satisfaction survey returns is in the 14% – 20% range with very good ratings. All customer feedback is immediately followed up with the customer and shared with all of the technicians.
  • The average number of days to close CAPAs is about 15 days vs. beating the goal of 30 days.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in delivering on site preventive maintenance and calibration services.

Located in Eastern Montgomery County, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, the Company has Geothermal heated and cooled Metrology, Physical Dimensional, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis, Pipette and Mass (weight) Laboratories for precision calibrations.

For more information about Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.: http://www.integratedservicesolutions.com

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Celebrating 15 Years in Business

May 2013 – Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. a single source service provider for equipment calibration and maintenance thanks its customers for their ongoing support as they celebrate their fifteenth year in business.

LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA—Milestones are a time of reflection. 15 years ago Integrated Service Solutions opened its doors in a home-based office pioneering the idea of a single source solution for life science companies. Today the company is headquartered in a dynamic 20,000 sq. ft. modern facility, employs nearly sixty full-time professionals and services more than 500 regulated businesses throughout the country.

“When I started this business, life-science companies had little choice but to call the Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEMs) or multiple service providers to calibrate and service the manufacturing and packaging equipment, analytical instrumentation and tools used by their employees. I realized it wasn’t cost effective to contact dozens of companies to service equipment,” said Joseph Uricchio, Founder and President of Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. “So, we founded this company on the idea of providing businesses with a single source solution for all their equipment calibration and maintenance needs.”

In 15 years, the Company has expanded from its core business base of servicing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to a roster of regulated businesses such as cosmetics, food and beverage and nutraceuticals. Along the way, they have earned the registrations necessary to service these industries including ISO 9001:2008 and ISO A2LA 17025.

“We are a service organization,” added Uricchio. “And to provide outstanding service takes trained field service specialists, a constant reinvestment in test equipment and an infrastructure that includes human resources, customer service, IT and quality personnel enthusiastic about delivering the very best in service.”

The company has an active recruitment program that includes partnering with local technical schools to take on new graduates, advertising on social media to find experienced technicians looking to start a new career as well as reaching out to returning veterans who have been trained in metrology or electronics. All field specialists and metrologists participate in a structured training program administered by Integrated Service Solutions’ technical directors and quality engineers.

“This is an exciting time for the company,” said Catherine Peetros, Director of Business Development. “We are investing in new talent and expanding steadily. We have some of the best talent in the industry who bring decades of experience with them.”

Integrated Service Solutions is a company on the move and constantly looking for ways to refine processes and streamline procedures passing along those cost savings to customers. The company devotes a significant amount of time and expense into their calibration software. They championed the idea of going paperless and seven years ago switched all of their calibration records to electronic documents.

“As we look to the future, the biggest challenge we face is staying focused on delivering exceptional service to our customers,” added Peetros. “With a solid business base and the passionate people who work here, many of whom have been with the company five years or more, we have a roadmap for success.”

About Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.
Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. is a privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 registered and an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company with a demonstrated ability to perform specific calibrations.

The company, founded in 1998, specializes in providing equipment services to more than 500 regulated businesses nationwide. The Company, has a staff of nearly sixty full-time employees to provide single source service solutions across multiple technologies including:

  • On-site Equipment Calibrations
  • Metrology Laboratory Calibrations
  • Equipment Preventive and Corrective maintenance
  • Certifications for biosafety cabinets, hoods and cleanrooms
  • Analytical Services for HPLC, GC, and Dissolution
  • Validation Services (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Development and Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Technical Staffing, Training and Quality Engineering Consulting Services

 

Located in Eastern Montgomery County, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, the Company has Geothermal heated and cooled Metrology, Physical Dimensional, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis, Pipette and Mass (weight) Laboratories for precision calibrations.

For more information about Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.: http://www.integratedservicesolutions.com

 

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New Web site Commemorates 15th Anniversary

15 years is something to celebrate! And that’s exactly what we’re doing. On behalf of the entire company, we want to thank our customers for their loyal and long-standing support.

We’d like to welcome you to the new interface design of our web site. The uncomplicated layout is easier to use especially if you’re accessing it via a tablet or smart phone. Newly designed forms, quick navigation and an intuitive search tool are some of the highlights. Also be sure to check out the 360 degree tour of our Metrology Lab and the gallery of photos. The panoramic view of the lab along with actual photos of our facility and personnel is the next best thing to an actual on-site tour. By the way, if you’d like to schedule a tour or audit, please email us at: customerservice@integratedservicesolutions.com

THERE’S MORE COMING SOON:
Also for our contract customers, you can have a custom designed, password protected login on our web site. This individualized login will give you the ability download your electronic calibration reports. The point, click and download of the your calibration reports will provide easy access 24 hours a day.

As part of our commitment to provide our customers with the very best in service, we’re adding a Live Chat service. This interactive feature will give you immediate answers to your questions during real-time chat sessions. Be sure to check back in a few weeks to give it a try.

15 years is a milestone and one we are proud to have achieved. We are looking forward to future opportunities, meeting new customers, expanding our services and continuing to grow the company.

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Metrology Lab Expands Capabilities and Services

April 29, 2012— Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. announced today the expansion of their calibration services by adding Physical Dimensional calibration capabilities.

LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA—
“Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.™ services more than 450 customers and adding this capability to our range of services is another benefit to our customers who want to deal with a single source provider,” said Joseph Uricchio, Founder and President of Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.

The company invested in a LabMaster Universal. It is a product of Pratt & Whitney Measurement Systems, Inc™.; a company with more than 150 years of providing high quality, high accuracy measurement instruments.

All physical dimensional equipment that comes into the Metrology lab at Integrated Service Solutions for calibration is stabilized in an environmentally controlled setting. A team of technicians, trained by Pratt & Whitney personnel, provide calibration services meeting ISO 17025 standards.

“During our next A2LA audit, we will add Physical Dimensional calibrations to our scope of accreditation,” added Uricchio.

The accuracy and exacting standards of the LabMaster ensure that customers receive the most accurate means of dimensional measurement. All calibrations follow the company’s SOPs, all calibration reports are electronic and all equipment is NIST traceable.

Standard turnaround time is 3-5 business days with regional pick up and delivery. Rush service is available at no additonal charge with a scheduled appointment. In addition, the company has established relationships with suppliers so that if any equipment fails calibration, like for like replacements can be quoted and readily sourced.

  • Scope of Physical Dimensional capabilities include:
  • Gage Block
  • Ring Gage
  • Plug Gage
  • Threaded Plug Gage
  • Threaded Ring Gage
  • Snap Gage
  • Micrometer
  • Dial Indicator
  • Go No/Go Gage
  • Pin Gage
  • Torque

About Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.

Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. is a privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 registered and an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company with a demonstrated ability to perform specific calibrations. Located in Eastern Montgomery County, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA in a 20,000 sq. ft. facility, the Company has Geothermal heated and cooled Metrology, Physical Dimensional, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis, Pipette and Mass (weight) Laboratories for precision calibrations.

The company, founded in 1998, specializes in providing technical equipment services to more than 450 pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device customers nationwide. The Company provides single source service solutions across multiple technologies including:

  • On-site Equipment Calibrations
  • Metrology Laboratory Calibrations
  • Equipment Preventive/Corrective maintenance
  • Certifications
  • Analytical Services
  • Validations
  • Protocol Development and Implementation (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Engineering, Project Management
  • Technical Staffing, Training and Engineering Consulting Services

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Expanding ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Scope of Accreditation

August 29, 2011 – Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. Expands Their ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Scope of Accreditation.

LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA— Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. announced today the completion of their A2LA 17025 Assessment Audit and their expanded scope of accreditation. While there are many commonalities with ISO 9001:2008, which the Company has held for more than seven years, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 applies directly to Metrology Laboratories that produce testing and calibration results.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 focuses on the quality management system within a laboratory. A prerequisite to qualification is to have a documented quality management system already in place. The comprehensive assessment conducted by The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) addressed the competence of the Metrology technicians and support staff, an inspection of the facility, a review of calibration procedures, an analysis of traceability and an appraisal of the methodologies used as well as the calibration equipment. It ensures customers of the most reliable testing methods available.

Expanded capabilities include:

  • On-site pipette calibrations
  • Pressure: Pneumatic and hydraulic
  • Vacuum
  • Relative humidity and temperature Gas Flow
  • Micrometers, Calipers and Dial Indicators

Laboratories use ISO/IEC 17025 to implement a quality system aimed at improving their ability to consistently produce valid results and since the standard is about competence, accreditation is a formal recognition of that competence and level of assurance.

Accreditation by nationally recognized organizations provides customers with confidence in calibration reports and traceability. In addition, an unbiased assessment of a laboratory’s standards and procedures provides an impartial viewpoint as to how a laboratory functions. Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. certificate and scope of accreditation may be viewed by clicking here.

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Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. Announces New IT Director

August 2010 – Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. Announces New IT Director

Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. announced today that George Fenzil has been appointed Director, Information Technology Services.

“George comes to us from Toll Brothers, Inc. where he was employed for 20 years, achieving the title of Associate Vice President of Information Technology,” said Joseph Uricchio, Founder and President of Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.

George’s expertise includes staff leadership, hands-on applications development, project management, and systems implementation. He was responsible for supervising up to 90 IT associates throughout the U.S. at Toll Brothers as they achieved prominence in home construction.

“Our company is very fortunate to be at a stage where we need George’s expertise. The demonstrated background of success that he brings to us will greatly assist in the development and implementation of several new platforms in addition to providing enhancements to our existing database systems and software. Many of our new customers also need IT products and services that we will develop and market to them,” added Uricchio.

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Successful Completion of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Assessment Audit

April 21, 2009 – Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. Successfully Completes ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Assessment Audit

Direct quote from A2LA auditor:
“Integrated Service Solutions is a modern, well-designed, well-equipped calibration laboratory. Personnel are well trained and knowledgeable in their areas of responsibility. A dedication to providing high quality service to customers is apparent throughout. Internal audit and management review processes are very good and reflect very favorably on the quality administration. An excellent quality/management system is in place that includes server-based document control and other positive features. In addition, the lab is well on the way to “paperless” operation.”

LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA—Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. announced today the completion of their successful A2LA Assessment Audit. While there are many commonalities with ISO 9001:2008 which the Company has held for the past five years, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 applies directly to Metrology Laboratories that produce testing and calibration results.

Maintaining the prestigious ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is directly related to the quality management system within a laboratory. A prerequisite to qualification is to have a documented quality management system already in place. The comprehensive assessment conducted by The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) addressed the competence of the staff, an inspection of the facility, a review of calibration procedures, analysis of traceability and an appraisal of the methodologies used as well as the calibration equipment.

Laboratories use ISO/IEC 17025 to implement a quality system aimed at improving their ability to consistently produce valid results and since the standard is about competence, accreditation is a formal recognition of that competence.

Accreditation by nationally recognized organizations provides customers with confidence in calibration reports and traceability. In addition, an unbiased assessment of a laboratory’s standards and procedures provides an impartial viewpoint as to how a laboratory functions. Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. certificate and scope of accreditation may be viewed at: http://www.a2la.org/scopepdf/2551-01.pdf

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Celebrating 10 Years in Business

May 2008—Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. announced today that May 21, 2008 marks its 10th year anniversary.

LANSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA – Since May, 1998 the Company has evolved from employing a handful of technicians and offering a limited scope of services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries into a thriving business that employs nearly 50 full-time personnel and delivers single source solutions to the life sciences sector including; preventive and corrective maintenance, qualifications, certifications, training and custom project work all designed to ensure full compliance with FDA rules.

Today, the Company holds ISO 9001:2008 registration by Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) and ISO/IEC 17025 A2LA accreditation all in support of more than 250 FDA-regulated customers. To guarantee that drug making companies as well as start up biotechnology businesses are in compliance with strict government rules, Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. developed a robust infrastructure. In addition to full-time employment for trained field service specialists, engineers and chemists, the Company also has experienced quality assurance, customer service, finance, operations and business development teams.

“What began 10 years ago in a small office in my home, has today grown to a 20,000 sq. ft. contemporary facility that provides equipment support services to more than 250 life science companies,” said Joseph Uricchio, Founder and President of Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.

“Integrated Service Solutions was founded on the principle of delivering a fast speed of response and technical expertise to the life sciences community with a vast portfolio of services that is constantly expanding to meet customer demands. What makes this company successful and the reason why customers want to do business with us, is that with one phone call or email, they can get all of their equipment serviced—everything from pipette calibrations all the way up to providing preventive maintenance on bioreactors. So, instead of a company having to call multiple original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to service their broad range of equipment, with us they have a single source solution,” added Uricchio.

“Our continued growth and having reached this important milestone expresses the success we have achieved by providing excellent service and a broad service portfolio to our customers,” says Uricchio. In addition, moving into our new facility last spring helps to support our future growth potential and expanded service capabilities along with the capability to conduct training for our employees as well as our customers.”

About Integrated Service Solutions, Inc.

Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. is a privately-owned ISO 9001:2008 registered and an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited company located in a park-like setting in Eastern Montgomery County, Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

The company specializes in providing technical equipment services to more than 200 pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device customers nationwide. All areas of life science companies are supported including manufacturing, packaging, facilities, engineering, maintenance microbiology, analytical research and development and quality control.

The largest, independently owned services provider, Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. provides comprehensive service solutions across multiple technologies including:

  • On-site Equipment
  • Metrology Laboratory Calibrations
  • Preventive/Corrective maintenance
  • Validations
  • Protocol Development and Implementation (IQ/OQ/PQ)
  • Engineering, Project Management
  • Training and Consulting Services

Integrated Service Solutions, Inc., founded in 1998, employs a staff of nearly 50 full-time employees including degreed engineers, chemists, trained field service technicians, operations, client relations, business development and customer service. The Company is conveniently located in the heart of pharmaceutical alley and within easy distance to Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware.

In the spring of 2007, Integrated Service Solutions, Inc. relocated to a functionally efficient structure complete with energy saving Geothermal heating and cooling. The company-owned 20,000 sq. ft. brick and glass structure is located within a ¼ mile of the Lansdale Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The custom designed facility houses a Metrology Laboratory outfitted with the very latest in sophisticated test and measurement devices. Complementing the Metrology Laboratory are three additional and distinct laboratories. They include the Mass Laboratory for the precision calibration of weights, the Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Laboratory for the testing and analysis of TOC ultra pure water, and the Pipette Laboratory for precise calibration of single and multi-channel pipettes. In addition to the lab areas, the glass and brick structure also has media-rich training and conference rooms, and custom-designed work areas for customer service, finance, business development, and marketing and technical service departments.

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