Calibration of your measuring instruments has two objectives. It checks the accuracy of the instrument and determines the traceability of the measurement. In practice, calibration also includes repair of the device if it is out of calibration. A report is provided by the calibration expert, which shows the error in measurements with the measuring device before and after the calibration.
Why is Calibration Important?
Calibration defines the accuracy and quality of measurements recorded using a piece of equipment. Over time there is a tendency for results and accuracy to "roam" particularly when using technologies or measuring parameters such as temperature and humidity. To be confident in the results being measured there is an ongoing need to maintain the calibration of equipment throughout its lifetime for reliable, accurate and repeatable measurements. The goal of calibration is to minimize any measurement uncertainty by ensuring the accuracy of the piece of equipment. Calibration quantifies and controls errors or uncertainties within measurement processes to an acceptable level. Lastly, it is at times an insurance requirement for certain industries.
Here is a shortlist of examples where calibration is done behind the scenes assuring precise measurements critical to the comfort, quality and safety of products and innovation we enjoy and rely on daily include:
- All transportation & related systems including cars, trains, planes and gasoline pumps
- All electronics including phones, cell-phone service, computers, appliances, test and test measurement devices
- All pharmaceutical products and medications
- All medical devises like pacemakers and processes like sterilization
- All aerospace and related systems including rockets, satellites and international Space Station
- Food production, shipping and storage
- Trade of commodities like oil, grains, gold etc.
- Scientific research, development and innovation
If accuracy is not maintained the result would be damaging to the reputation of any business and possible costs to name harm when compared to the cost of annual calibration, it is often not worth the risk of ignoring calibration. Not to mention in manufacturing ensuring the reliable information to critical alarms and systems are working within parameters to avoid injury, death, product discrepancies and even major environmental disasters.
In summary, calibration is vitally important wherever measurements are important, it enables users and businesses to have confidence in the results that they monitor record and subsequently control. Calibration services can be done at our 3L2R facility or on-site. Call us today to book an appointment, get a quote or with any questions in regards to our scope of testing.
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