Calibration is vitally important wherever measurements are important. It enables users and businesses to have confidence in the results that they monitor, record and control while reducing risk. Alternate Systems calibration services help you do exactly this.
Calibration is the process of comparing a reading on one piece of equipment or system, with another piece of equipment that has been calibrated and referenced to a known set of standards. The equipment used as a reference should itself be directly traceable to measurements made by a national laboratory, and subsequently to the SI, the international set of units.
ISO/IEC 17025 is the International Standard for the accreditation of Testing and Calibration Laboratories. It includes quality management system requirements and technical requirements.
WHY IS CALIBRATION SO IMPORTANT?
Calibration defines the accuracy and quality of measurements recorded using a piece of equipment. Over time there is a tendency for results and accuracy to drift or change value away from the reference standard. To be confident in the results being measured, there is an ongoing need to maintain the calibration of equipment throughout its lifetime for reliable, accurate and repeatable measurements. The goal of calibration is to minimize any measurement uncertainty by ensuring the accuracy of test equipment. Calibration quantifies and controls errors or uncertainties within measurement processes to an acceptable level.
HOW OFTEN TO CALIBRATE?
Consider the cost of calibration as an investment and the potential results of an incorrect reading as the cost or risk of not making the investment. ILAC-G24 describes the method for determining calibration intervals. Many organizations calibrate annually, however high-risk industries like pharmaceuticals calibrate 2-12 times a year depending on the device. As you gain results from calibration tests, you will be in a position to adjust the frequency of calibrations, and/or upgrade to more robust measuring instruments if needed. Calibration laboratories supply a calibration certificate for the customer to retain as proof of quality standards and device performance.
Having a calibration service company that is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited perform calibration on your equipment at least annually is a smart investment, not only for regulatory reasons but to enable users and businesses to have confidence in the results that they monitor record and subsequently control.
If you would like your equipment calibrated in our lab or at your site, please contact us for a quote.