What are the Risks of Not Calibrating Your Test and Measurement Equipment?

An instrument that is not correctly calibrated can affect nearly every aspect of your business, from safety to productivity to quality of work. If any or all of these factors weigh heavily on your company's bottom line (and we're guessing they do), you must pay attention to calibration.

As a quick review, calibration of an instrument means comparing your instrument to a standard device with a known and accepted correctness, and then making adjustments to ensure your instrument matches those specifications. Calibration needs to be performed at regular intervals to ensure the instrument continues to perform within the accepted limits.

The Risks Can Cost You

Uncalibrated Instruments Can Lead to Safety Risks

For example, if instrumentation that controls temperature in storage areas with perishables is not calibrated, you're at risk of those items spoiling, which can lead to an increased risk of foodborne illnesses. 

For instruments used in more hazardous work zones where electricity is present, an uncalibrated or improperly calibrated instrument could create the risk of electrical shock for employees. 

Even mechanics must rely on equipment that is properly calibrated. As we've shared before, instruments like tire gauges that aren't reading properly can increase wear on a tire, reducing traction and potentially increasing the chance of a car accident on a slick road for drivers. 

Uncalibrated Instruments Can Cause Waste

A poorly calibrated instrument can waste time, resources and manpower in your operations process. In turn, this can cost you a significant amount of money to replace goods that were not made to the correct specifications, among other expenses. 

Do it Right the First Time

Testing finished goods is often the only assurance of quality you can offer to customers. Calibration will help keep quality in check at all stages of production and help eliminate the risk of discrepancies.

Poor Quality Equipment Leads to Financial Grief

These same customers depend on your product to work well, provide consistent quality in end products and/or keep their employees safe when working near powerful equipment, depending on their industry. When that product fails, customers will look for a free replacement, recall the product entirely, or worse, file a lawsuit.

Instrument Calibration Reduces Downtime

Keeping your equipment running smoothly depends heavily on a solid maintenance program. When gauges and measurement devices are regularly calibrated, you can avoid costly downtime and other disruptions to the schedule. And regular maintenance also means that warning signs of potential issues just may be identified before the issues become bigger problems.

Calibration, much like maintenance, requires a detailed program. Record your work when you calibrate and keep a regular schedule to ensure that your instruments deliver the precision you need.

MATsolutions offers expert test equipment calibration, repairs and preventive maintenance in our state-of-the-art lab. If you have questions about the importance of calibration or would like to discuss the risks of not calibrating in greater depth, contact us today.