5 Must Know Facts Why Calibration Should Be A Regular Occurence


5 Must Know Facts About Calibration

We all know that calibrating equipment is essential in the process industries for optimum efficiency and assurance that it’s measuring correctly. But what happens if we skip these calibrations for whatever reasons that exist?

 1. Wear and Tear

This inevitably happens over time, but other aspects such as environmental conditions extensive usage of equipment, or a hazardous manufacturing environment such as oils, steel or metal chips etc.sometimes degrading very quickly. Without periodic calibrations, measurement results will not be as accurate.

Regular calibrations can determine those slight changes in accuracy and can be rectified quickly until the next calibration is performed.

2. Auditing Requirements

Not much needs to be said here other than audit regulations that don’t meet the required standard can cause loss of operational license and business efficiency.

3. Costs

Planned annual calibrations are easier to calculate than having to estimate the costs and risk for neglecting calibration including equipment and labour. Emergency repair or calibration can be exceptionally high and not including “down time” the consequences of additional costs can be detrimental.

4. Safety

Even with stringent regulations in place, the risks in some industries such as oil, gas or petrochemical and especially food and laboratories are high. Safety can be categorized into 2 parts namely employees and equipment and customers:-

Employee/equipment – Regular service and calibration of equipment ensure good operational systems preventing any onsite injuries to employees.

Equipment that is regularly calibrated prevents any equipment failure that may cause volatile issues endangering the employee or damaging the equipment.

Customer safety is one of the largest concerns and drives for calibration. Non-regular servicing may cause product failures resulting in expensive customer issues.

5. Product Recalls and Quality output is compromised

If the product is not up to standard and is sent out for distribution, the brand can suffer detrimental consequences such as product recalls and the loss of their reputation.

In conclusion, even if it may seem inconsequential at the time, regular calibration and verification saves time, operations and preventing hazardous or poor quality output. With regular calibrations, confidence in the operations, brand and business is really the bottom line.

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