Why is Calibration Important?
Calibration is used to define the quality of the measurement parameter for accuracy, range and precision.
Over time, the quality of measurements of just about every tool will deteriorate to some extent.
Equipment that operates on certain technologies, or measures shifting parameters like humidity, temperature and pressure, is more likely to be affected by a ‘drift’ in accuracy.
In order to ensure that you can enjoy complete confidence in the measurements and the output of any piece of equipment, calibration of the equipment needs to be performed on a periodic basis.
Once you’ve understood the benefits of performing calibration and how critical it can be for maintaining quality, it’s quite apparent that it should be dealt with carefully.
How Frequently Should An Instrument Be Calibrated?
There’s rarely a set ‘perfect’ calibration frequency for any piece of equipment, since there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.
Consider the effect the equipment in question has on the overall quality and safety of your site.
The manufacturer’s recommendations and the instrument’s tendency to ‘drift’ out of calibration (approx every 12 months).
Re-calibration may be warranted after any events that could throw the precision or accuracy. Such as an electrical fault a fall or other impacts.