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Understanding Calibration And How It’s Being Done

Calibration wasn’t a common practice before the American Civil War in the United States, and the term hadn’t entered the English vocabulary until then. It was first applied to artilleries back then, although conceptually, the idea of doing quality control was being practiced centuries before. Essentially though, the process involves testing a product based on a specific standard of measurement to validate its function and durability.

The process is sometimes likened to metrology in a sense that both refer to the process of evaluating the quality of devices in a controlled environment. Because many units of measurement have been released during the industrial revolution, people have developed standards that needed to be observed when checking the efficiency of new equipment and processes. What has to be noted, however, is that laboratories differ in standard measurements applied as well and may not produce the same results. It is then important for product manufacturers to determine which quality control laboratories will suit them and work to their advantage.

What Is Calibration?

Calibration, like any common scientific experiment, involves two things: the device under test, and the standard device, or fixed variable. It is important to set the standard accurately since it is going to be used as the reference for future experiments and testing from here on.

The process also varies depending on the equipment (analyser) and variable being tested such as the flow, pressure, temperature, dimension and electronic capabilities of the test unit. Various types of validation devices are used ranging from simple and infrared thermometers to pressure gauges and torque analyzers.

How Do Companies Benefit From Calibration?

Manufacturers depend on the quality of their products in making a good name for themselves. Companies can’t afford to conduct product recalls as it would cost them thousands of dollars in profits and operational costs. For this reason, they depend on routine quality control to ensure the accuracy of the functions of their products and services.