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Why Accredited Calibration Matters: Force Measurement Testing

accredited calibration servicesCalibration is required for a variety of different types of machinery. For the sake of this article, we are talking about accredited calibration for force measurement tools and systems. Calibration is necessary to ensure accurate data and performance. It is used in research labs and for high-value equipment on production floors. The more you can learn about force calibration services and how they work, the better your results. CSC Force Measurement offers a wide range of onsite calibration services. We are ISO 17025 accredited, Z540-1 compliant, and can perform ASTM E4 and E74 calibration for our clients. We even offer 24-hour expedited services in emergencies.

What is Calibration?

The term calibration means different things depending on how it’s used. In the context of manufacturing or lab research, calibration means adjusting or standardizing equipment for precision and accuracy. Most of our customers come to us looking for force measurement equipment and accessories that can provide the highest level of accuracy and repeatable results. Our force calibration services are designed to help our clients keep their equipment adjusted to guarantee continued accuracy.

Calibration compares a standard measurement to the measurement that is being taken using your instrument, device, or another piece of equipment. In most situations, the accuracy of your device could differ slightly or vastly from the standard measurement. The standards are set by regulatory bodies to ensure the safety, efficiency, or effectiveness of the equipment. Our onsite calibration services are designed to adjust your instruments to meet the required standards. For the purpose of force measurement, calibration services consist of two parts: measurement and adjustment.

Advantages of Force Calibration Services

Depending on the industry that you serve, ISO 17025 accredited calibration services may be required. However, for everyone else, the advantages of force calibration services are apparent in the benefits that they provide for product testing and production. Instruments can be sent away for calibration, but for sensitive machinery and testing equipment, onsite calibration services are often preferred. CSC Force Measurement offers accredited calibration services to our clients onsite at their location for more consistent and reliable results.

Some of the advantages of calibration include:

  • Cost-Savings – Calibration ensures that your equipment is running accurately and reliably, which reduces the potential for errors that can result in financial loss. This is true for research, development, and production. A manufacturer that does not calibrate their equipment could end up with products that are unusable or are prone to defects. Research and development businesses that do not calibrate their instruments might not be very reliable because their equipment could produce inaccurate results.
  • Safeguard Equipment – Calibrating your equipment, devices, and instruments can help them to maintain accuracy and last longer. To increase the return on your investment, preventive maintenance, repairs, and accredited calibration could help you to be able to reliably use the equipment for a more extended period before having to replace it. However, in the case of equipment that is unreliable or gives inconsistent results, force calibration services may be able to fix it and give it renewed life.
  • Safety Concerns – Equipment that is not calibrated on a regular basis is probably not very safe. Depending on the industry that you serve, safety could be a chief concern. Even if you aren’t working with potentially dangerous materials, the work that you are doing might need to be reliable and repeatable for the end-user. If you are not correctly calibrating your instruments and devices with an ISO 17025 accredited service, you are taking a big chance on the safety for your staff, clients, and the ultimate end-user of the product.
  • Industry Regulations – Depending on the work that you are doing, onsite calibrations for essential equipment may be required due to the industry or government regulations. Medical equipment, laboratory equipment, and other vital services frequently require calibration to certify the safety and accuracy of the completed product. Even a small variation from the standard could put people in danger or cause your product to be recalled due to safety concerns.

Contact Our Force Calibration Laboratory

At CSC Force Measurement, we take our force calibration services seriously. Our laboratory has the capacity to provide testing of 50 grams to 100,000 LB/F for force capability and 1 in/oz to 2,000 FT/LB of torque capability. We are authorized to provide ISO 17025 accredited calibration for most brands and models and offer competitive pricing. Give us a call at 1-800-866-3672 to speak with one of our technicians about our onsite calibration services for Chatillon, Lloyd Instruments, Mark-10, Mecmesin, and Dillon equipment, devices, and instruments.