A weighing scale is only as good as its calibration. So, when was the last time you had your scale inspected? If you use scales, or any measuring device for that matter, the importance of calibration cannot be stressed enough. Calibration is comparing a known standard or measurement to the measurement as shown by your scale or other device.
The accuracy of balances and scales becomes less reliable over time. This is the result of normal wear and tear caused by regular use and external factors such as mechanical shocks or hazardous environments. Which lead to a rather quick degradation or deterioration over time.
Imagine weighing a sample on a digital scale in Manhattan, and then taking the sample to be weighed on a different digital scale in Los Angeles only to discover that there is a significant change in weight. How is it possible that the sample suddenly weighs significantly less or more than it did originally? If a scale has not been calibrated, this would be the typical outcome. A scale that has not been calibrated is going to produce conflicting results.
Calibration, performed by an authorized provider offers the following benefits:
- Cost savings: using certified calibration weights allows for accurate reliable measurements. Which avoids mistakes or incorrect calibration.
- Reliable Measurements: using calibrated equipment assures that measurements made in one place are compatible with those made in another.
- Compliance: calibration facilitates smooth passing of internal and external audits. NTEP (Class I, Class II, Class III – Legal for trade)
- Detection of aging equipment: all equipment ages over time and critical components may sustain mechanical stress or wear and tear. Having a technician onsite to review, test, and calibrate your scale avoids future downtown.
Two Key Reasons that make Calibration Important:
- Reducing Cost from Manufacturing Errors/Shipping: Your customers depend on you to deliver accurate amounts ordered. It could negatively impact production lines, and future relationship with your customers. A poorly or improperly calibrated scale can affect manufacturing, shipping, and production process. All resulting in defects or extra cost that can be tough on a business. These problems can be avoided by having your scale calibrated annually or bi-annually.
- Maintaining Regulatory Compliance: Depending on you industry, odds are any scales used in your company fall under regulatory compliance standards. Companies found operating with scales that fall outside of regulatory tolerances can be subject to censure and fines by weights and measures. The department of weights and measures requires any business operating a class III (legal for trade) scale to be calibrated once a year. This needs to be done by a scale company with traceable weight certificates.
Prime USA Scales: We offer calibration and scale services in over 75 different locations. We offer a variety of services from repairs, calibration, NTEP certification, installation, and many other scale services. Our scales can be found in many industrial applications from food services, transportation, laboratories, distilling, recycling, and retail applications.
At Prime USA Scales, our knowledgeable, skilled technicians are always prepared to respond quickly to repair or inspection needs to keep scales operational and help meet regulatory and compliance requirements. We often recommend productive and effective weighing measurement solutions. Our team of technicians provides exacting calibration service with precision.
Schedule your calibration service now by call: 800-917-7205 or by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org