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Backing Confirmed For PAMI Testing Upgrades

The federal and provincial governments are supporting upgrades allowing the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) to meet international accreditation standards for its Saskatchewan testing facility.

The Saskatchewan and federal governments will pay $82,295, on top of a previous investment of $65,000 last April, to help PAMI win accreditation from the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for its facility at Humboldt, Sask.

The two rounds of funding, both flowing through the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA), helped PAMI buy new test machinery to meet SCC’s security of test equipment requirements. They also helped pay for gear that ensures calibration of PAMI’s testing equipment meets international standards.

That also means “enhancing” the calibration procedures for existing test equipment, the governments said in a release.

New testing procedures and detailed procedure manuals have been developed for the PAMI facility, the governments said.

“We serve businesses in this region that are operating on a global scale, with global competitors,” PAMI’s Saskatchewan vice-president Jim Wasserman said in the same release. “We must provide them with credible information that is recognized globally, and SCC accreditation provides international acceptance and credibility of test results.”

“This investment in PAMI will provide Saskatchewan manufacturers the opportunity to obtain quality assessments right here in Humboldt, which promotes the local economy and improves export sales,” local MP Brad Trost said in the release.

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