Accurate measurements are more important than ever in today’s high tech world. In the industrial, commercial and retail sectors – to name just a few – scales and balances ensure that goods are manufactured and sold correctly.
Within industrial plants, various gauges and measuring devices are in place to ensure that all processes are completed effectively and safely.
Even at home or in our personal lives, we rely on numerous pieces of tech to tell us measurements – everything from how much electricity we are using to the speed our cars are travelling at.
At work, at home and at play, devices designed to give us measurements surround us and provide a constant stream of data, readings and information.
But what if they are not accurate?
To avoid this, it is essential that a programme of thorough and regular calibration is completed. In fact, providing accurate measurements is possibly one of the key benefits that calibration can bring – but it is certainly not the only benefit you can achieve.
In addition to accurate measurements, there are three equally important benefits of calibration that are:
Many of the instruments and gauges we employ in everyday life are used to monitor processes and quantities such as electric current, heat and pressure.
Where staff interact with the machinery that is creating or using these things, it is essential for their safety that the measurements they rely on are accurate. False readings can cause machinery to fail; it can override safety parameters and can create a dangerous working atmosphere.
False readings from devices can have serious safety implications across a range of sectors too. Within hospitality for example, food can be stored at incorrect temperatures or not cooked to sufficient temperatures to remove all traces of bacteria.
This is just one example of course, but across all industrial, commercial and retail sectors there will be numerous examples of how a poorly calibrated device can give false or inaccurate readings that can put people’s safety at serious risk.
Some companies will avoid the regular calibration of their instruments as they see it as an unnecessary additional cost. The sad thing for them (and the good news for savvier companies, who appreciate the opposite) is that they don’t see this small saving as a false economy.
The truth is that instruments that have not been calibrated properly will give false or incorrect readings that can have serious implications on the manufacturing process within an industrial plant. This can lead to errors in production that can cause entire lines to be written off as undeliverable.
This isn’t restricted to the manufacturing sector either. In retail, for example, poorly calibrated scales and balances could be leading to the sale of more product than is being paid for – all just because it can’t be measured accurately!
By calibrating your instruments with a calibration service, you will receive from them certification that the calibration has been completed to a professional standard.
This can be useful to you for two reasons.
One, it allows you to include the fact your instruments are calibrated within any promotional material that you produce. The fact that you care about accuracy can be a big selling point for you or your company, and show potential customers that you’re a professional body with high standards.
It can also help when getting insurance, especially by showing that your property and machinery are both well maintained and fit for their purpose.
So now that you can see the benefits of calibration, hopefully you will consider implementing a regular programme of it as part of your maintenance.