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General information about calibration of test equipment of all types.
Calibration is, of course, more than just a sticker and certificate, but the truth is that not all calibrations are equal. While price and turn-around time are easy to measure, pricing pressures on service providers might cause end users to ask if they are getting what they really expect or need.
Here are a few discussion points that might help you better understand your calibration provider and what they are doing for you.
MATsolutions is now a certified calibration provider for the complete line of Copper Mountain Technologies (CMT) vector network analyzers. CMT manufactures high performance, affordable vector network analyzers (VNAs) that operate with an external PC, providing ultra-precision, high-speed measurements with a familiar UI and a broad variety of standard features.
The importance of calibration in the maintenance of an instrument used for taking measurements is well understood by all who use this equipment. These highly sensitive instruments come with an assigned measurement tolerance and a recommendation on the calibration interval from the manufacturer, and it’s clear that failure to follow those recommendations can lead to a host of issues, including inaccurate measurements.
It’s critical to have confidence in the equipment that you use to measure and test your products and tooling. This equipment helps ensure the quality and performance of your products, and, therefore, the satisfaction of your customers.
This “measurement confidence” can be quantified by the performance specifications of your equipment, and calibration is the process that certifies your equipment is performing accurately and within specified tolerances. Therefore, it is paramount to find a calibration service provider that will best meet your needs.
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.
The experience and training a PMEL technician receives is unparalleled in the industry. That’s why you’ll find that nearly all technicians in the MATsolutions lab are US-military trained. This, in addition to our ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation, ISO 9001:2015 Certification and 6,000 sq ft state-of-the-art Lab and Repair Facility with accredited 68-degree Cold Room, helps assure the quality of our calibration and repair work. Because accuracy, precision and traceability is important for any test and measurement equipment – in military and non-military situations alike.
Ask people who are in the business of purchasing or maintaining test and measurement equipment, and chances are good that they might already be familiar with MATsolutions. But chances are slim that they are aware of the full spectrum of services we offer - from test equipment procurement, calibration and repair to trade-up and asset management solutions.
Here are 5 things to know about MATsolutions – and who should know them.
In conjunction with our new blog series highlighting the advanced capabilities of our Cal Lab in the (see this week’s article about the Mahr ULM600), we’re offering a special on calibration of non-tapered thread plug gages.
Last week, we began analyzing the economics of test automation by discussing its cost, from development to deployment to operation. But looking solely at cost can make the decision to adopt test automation both intimidating and lopsided, so we should also consider the benefits that we can reap from automation.
This week, we look at 5 benefits that test automation can bring to your organization: higher workforce productivity, yield improvement, better test throughput, high scalability, and quality improvement.
Perhaps your organization has been manually testing products over the years and is now mulling over the possibility of automating these tests. The decision to switch from manual to automated testing can often be a tug-of-war between management and engineering. From a management standpoint, costs and ROI are of considerable concern since it involves a certain amount of investment to make the switch. From an engineering perspective, automated testing should lead to better yield, higher productivity and improved quality, which would ultimately translate into cost savings.
When you are deciding to buy a piece of test equipment, you would very likely look at its datasheet to ensure that it can perform within certain key specifications important to testing your product. After the purchase, you rely on this equipment to ensure the quality of your products. Over time, you need to make sure that the equipment continues to perform within its original specifications, in order to ensure the validity of your product test results. In other words, can you be sure you are actually shipping only good products, and rejecting every bad one?
This is where calibration comes in.
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