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It is difficult to determine how often weighing scales should be calibrated. Calibrating the scales too frequently can increase your operating costs, while calibrating them at longer intervals can result in losses due to unreliable scales. What then should be the correct calibration interval? The tips below will help you to decide when it is appropriate to have your scales calibrated.
The manufacturer's suggestions
The manufacturers of weighing equipment usually provide guidelines regarding the intervals between calibrations. Take those recommendations seriously because they are based on research findings of the likelihood of the equipment becoming unreliable. Thus, the calibration guidelines in the manual of your equipment should give you the maximum interval between calibrations.
Before a major project
It is also wise to have your scales calibrated before a major project. For example, you should have your measuring equipment calibrated before you weigh any new machinery that you are going to install at your facility. Using recently calibrated equipment will help you to be sure that the measurement results that you obtain are accurate. It helps if you keep the instruments safe after the calibration exercise so that you only get them out of storage when the measurement exercise is beginning. Such storage protects the scales from dust and other contaminants that can affect the integrity of the equipment before the important project.
After critical projects
You should also consider having your measuring equipment calibrated after you have used it for particularly demanding projects. For example, owners of truck scales should have those scales calibrated at the end of a contract that requires them to weigh dozens of trucks multiple times each day for several weeks. Performing the calibration will ascertain whether the scales sustained wear and tear during a demanding project. You can then use the scales for your routine work once you are sure that they can still perform as expected.
After adverse events
It is a good habit to have measuring equipment calibrated after that equipment has been exposed to an adverse event. For example, you should have your scales calibrated after they were exposed to shock loading (dropping a heavy load on them). This calibration is important because it helps you to rule out any permanent damage to the operating mechanism of the equipment.
It is important to work closely with a provider of calibration services so that you can develop a calibration schedule for your equipment which is convenient based on your operations.Share