Is Regular Calibrations Necessary?

Calibration is a comparison between two devices, where one device is the instrument that requires calibration and the other is the reference sandard that defines the accuracy.

How often should you calibrate?

  • Every instrument has different calibration frequency requirements and must be done at an accredited laboratory
  • You should start by following the calibration interval that is recommended by the manufacturer.  Keep up with their recommended frequency, but also remember that critical measurements may require different intervals.
  • Calibrate instruments before a major measuring project, and remember, that it is equally important to send the same instruments for calibration after the project has finished. 
  • If your instruments took a hit (an unforeseen accident), you must send them out for calibration.  At the same time, make sure you have the safety integrity checked as well.
  • If you use certain equipment for critical measurements often, it would be a good idea to have a shorter time span between calibrations.  Depending on their usage, you must calibrate equipment on a monthly, quarterly, or semiannually basis.

The key advantages of accredited lab equipment calibration services include.

  • Reducing costs
  • Meticulous Monitoring
  • Unmatched Accuracy
  • Strict Adherence to High Standards
  • Exceptional Level of Control

Every measuring device drifts over time, due to normal wear and therefore require regular calibrations. It is important that calibrations are performed to ensure a consistent quality of the manufactured products and confirm that the gathered data through e.g. validation activities, are reliable. 

Do not consider calibration as an action that just fine-tunes your instruments.  Calibration ensures that you can use equipment safety and reliably.  Consider Calibration as a form of Quality Assurance. 

Kemi Abiodun
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