Wear and tear is a natural phenomenon and industrial equipment, which deteriorate, are no exception to it.
Drift can exist in all machines/equipment, and even new equipment can have “drift”.
If you’re in manufacturing you’ll be only too aware that it is a knowledge intensive business.
For the majority of manufacturers focus is on quality, reliability, cost and low-environmental impact through the product life cycle from development to manufacture, usage and disposal.
In cases where clients make high tech products such as medical devices or pharmaceuticals, the complexity of the assembly process and the tight tolerances that manufacturers have to work to leaves no margin for error.
Accuracy and reliability of all measurements would be doubtful if the instruments used were not calibrated. Wear and tear is a natural phenomenon and industrial equipment, which deteriorate, are no exception to it. Drift can exist in all machines/equipment, and even new equipment can have “drift”.
Calibration ensures that a measuring instrument displays an accurate and reliable value of the quantity being measured. Thus, calibration is an essential activity in any measurement process.
It is very important, particularly for companies meeting ISO 9001 standards – the ultimate global benchmark for quality management – since it ensures that the equipment is working within its correct specifications.
The fundamental benefit of calibration, when done correctly, is the traceability and standardisation of all measured quantities needed to test any structure or device. It is important for companies to prove traceability to national standards. Traceability means a calibration certificate covering the test equipment can be displayed proving that the equipment meets the appropriate standards.
The impact of doing a thorough review of calibration and testing at intervals with suitably qualified experts can be huge. It leads to greater operation efficiency, accuracy, reliability and complacency with national standards.