You may not realise it, but your life is ruled in no small part by measurements. We measure the time in the day, the distance we travel, the energy we use, and even the calories we eat. Instruments to measure these factors come in a range of types, shapes and sizes, and each has a part to play.
At home, you order your day by a measuring device; your clock or watch, which tells you when to get up, when to pick the kids up at school, what time to out the dinner in the oven. That oven itself has a measuring device, which tells you how long before your dinner is cooked!
In your car, you are constantly seeing a measured readout of the speed you are doing, as well as indicators of the fuel that you have left, and perhaps your current mpg usage and more. Your car is also measuring a whole host of other things as you drive, that it may tell you about via warning lights.
Then there’s your workplace, where you may be party to a number of different measuring devices, each with its own purpose. If you operate machinery you may have an output or speed readout. You may also have pressure gauges, or voltage meters, or other instruments that measure amounts, gaps, thicknesses or more.
What if, and it’s an important question, any of these instruments was inaccurate?
Why You Need to Calibrate
Calibration is the act of making sure that any instrument begins its reading in the right place, very often at zero. Why is this important? Well, there are many reasons, but in most areas of industry, production and engineering, accuracy is a vital part of the process.
Think about your watch or clock, one that you need to wind up to keep going. Like all measuring devices, it is susceptible to drift over time; that is, it will lose several seconds a day, perhaps. This will lead to it being several minutes out after a short while. Now, this may not be a big problem to you as you know roughly what the time is, but in a production environment where tolerances can be in tenths of millimetres or less, for example, even the smallest of discrepancies can lead to major problems.
This is why many precision machines need calibrating before they begin each individual process. The reason is that the tolerances involved may be so small that even the slightest drift can be damaging and lead to wasted time and effort.
Other machines and equipment may need their instruments calibrating on a regular basis – one example is the tachograph in the cab of a truck, which is there to record speed and time – and there are plenty other examples, too.
Who Can Calibrate?
When it comes to calibration, the fact remains that anyone is allowed to perform the routine. In terms of precision machinery, the operator will be trained in calibrating the instruments to suit the job, as the tolerances can be different from job to job.
For wider calibration purposes, it is important you select personnel who are trained and understand the requirements of the process, or that you get an outside party in to take care of all your calibration needs – turn to Calibration Lab for expert advice.
Bringing someone in means you can have your calibration done professionally, using the right methods and equipment, with no need to take anyone off their regular job to perform this duty. It also means you get very accurate and guaranteed results. Check it out now for more information, and you may be surprised how cost-effective it can be.