When is Calibration Required?

Published On February 16, 2018 | By Millicent Epps | Business

a look around your home and your workplace, and count how many items, appliances or tools you can see that use some form of measurement. We’re not just talking about tape measures, or rulers, that determine the length or size of an item. What about the watch on your wrist or the clock on the wall? They both measure time and use a standard mechanism to do so. Then there are the systems that need to measure temperature – your heating system, for example – or pressure, and those that use a specific electric current that has to be measured all the time.

It may not be the most exciting subject, but when all is considered, measurements are very important in life, yet we tend to just accept they are there, and take them for granted. Your car not only measures how fast it is going, and how much fuel it is using, but also how far Have you travel. But what would happen if the fuel meter in your car was faulty, or returned an inaccurate reading? You would run out of fuel! All measurements need to be as accurate as possible, and the problem is keeping them so.

The Importance of Calibration

All of the items that you use to make measurements, whether in your job or at home, need to do the job required to a level of accuracy determined by the industry standard. Let’s say you are a plumber, and need to pressure test a system; your pressure testing kit needs to be accurate. The problem with many such devices is that, over time, they can drift from their original setting; what was zero may be zero plus a minor amount, and in many instances, even the smallest inaccuracy can result in problems, or even be dangerous.

This is why calibration is needed for all measuring equipment on a regular basis. Even the simplest of tools or equipment needs calibration. We mentioned a wristwatch earlier; none will keep perfect time, so every now and again you will need to reset it, even if it’s just by a few seconds. The same is true of all forms of measuring equipment, meters and diagnostic tools; none will remain completely accurate for a lifetime.

The sheer number of jobs that require the use of equipment that needs calibrating is colossal; engineers use micrometres, for example, to determine tolerances; electrical measuring equipment is used in a wide variety of jobs, and mechanics use the likes of torque wrenches as a matter of routine, which must be accurate to the industry standard.

Getting Tools Calibrated

With so many different measuring tools and devices needing calibration, it is important that you call on the experts at Calibration Lab to get the job done correctly. After all, while you may be able to reset your watch, it’s a different thing entirely when it comes to recalibrating, for example high voltage meters or pressure testing devices. Fortunately, there are people who have the knowledge and expertise to be able to recalibrate all of your equipment at sensible prices, so you can be sure you are getting the information and results you need.

An expert will be able to fine-tune all your equipment to the required degree, allowing you to work to the level of accuracy that you require. They will also be able to advise you as to how regularly you need to calibrate your devices, so you can ensure you are never out of step when it comes to accuracy. Have a look around your workplace and see when the last time your equipment was checked – it may be a lot longer than you think – and get the experts in!

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