An important aspect in determining compliance with standards and requirements is to validate the accuracy of inspection, measurement and test results. Any equipment used whilst performing these activities must be calibrated in order to give a certain level of belief that the measurements being taken are as accurate as possible. Any professional offering these services must be able to stand over their work to offer a true representation of the task, testing or survey they are providing with one element being calibration.
Calibration is described as being the process of comparing a reading on a system or piece of testing equipment with another piece of equipment that has been calibrated with a constant value and referenced to a known set of parameters. The equipment used as a reference should itself be directly traceable to equipment that is calibrated according to ISO/IEC 17025. The two main types of Calibration procedure are known as a ‘Traceable Calibration Certificate’ which we provide as part of our calibration service within Ireland and a ‘UKAS Calibration certificate’ most commonly supplied when test equipment is supplied from our UK suppliers.
The calibration certificate supplied once calibration has been successfully carried out will contain a serial number to identify which calibration was carried out and on which instrument. This is an important part in identifying measurements recorded and any previous tolerances which were out of range leading to incorrect measurements from the equipment being used. The safety risks to employees and businesses can increase significantly if uncalibrated equipment is being used and not only the personal risk of the operator of uncalibrated equipment there could be unexpected failures or working downtime which could prove costly to your business.
The necessity of calibration extends beyond the more traditional requirements from businesses of an electrical background these days and as technology advances companies are finding new and innovative ways of working which may include some of the following types of equipment:
- Electrical Equipment
- Portable Appliance Testers including Medical PAT
- Environmental Meters
- Temperature & Pressure
- Torque & Dimensional
- Gas Detection
- Substation & High Voltage Equipment
Safety Equipment such as operating poles, rescue hooks and insulated gloves also require various levels of testing calibration to ensure they are durable and offer the same safety protection as designed by the manufacturer. The Calibration Lab High Voltage Test Bay situated at our premises offers the facility to conduct this type of testing in a safe and controlled manner.