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    Posted by on in Electronics

    Electrical test instruments are expected to be accurate. Yet how do you know? Normal shifting over time or simply dropping the device can affect its performance. And if you are working with tight tolerances, your readings must be precise and accurate. This ensures that the costly processes you are checking are operating effectively.

    b2ap3_thumbnail_PowerSuppliesII.gifMany opt to conduct a field comparison by checking two meters. If the meters deliver the same reading, they assume they are calibrated. Yet, this is simply a field check. It can indicate if there is an issue, but you have no idea which meter is reading correctly. And it could be neither is measuring correctly.

    True calibration requires that the calibration standard must be more accurate than the instrument under test—using a NIST-traceable standard. A calibration certificate verifies that the instrument is now measuring according to this nationally accepted standard. The guesswork is gone and your readings are valid.

    InnoCal puts the SURE back in your measurements by providing NIST-Traceable calibration services on electronic equipment. We test the accuracy of your assets to manufacturer’s specifications and perform adjustments if necessary.

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    Static charge meters measure the magnitude and polarity of electrostatic fields produced by charged objects. These meters help you troubleshoot possible issues created by static electricity and potential sparks.b2ap3_thumbnail_StaticChargeMeter.gif

    Found in the pharmaceutical, textiles, and plastics industries, and even forensics, static charge meters may be analog or digital and may include output capabilities to record your results.

    Professional calibration of these measuring instruments ensures the validity of readings. As with any high voltage measuring equipment, accuracy is necessary to achieve reliable results that may impact safety and production processes.

    InnoCal’s highly trained metrology technicians provide you with a full NIST-traceable calibration certificate to satisfy your internal and external ISO9001 auditors.

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    Posted by on in Mechanical

    Weight and density are crucial measurements for research, production, and testing. If your laboratory balances and industrial scales are reading incorrectly, your research results may be in question and your production quantities skewed.

    b2ap3_thumbnail_Balance.gifBalances react to temperature, pressure, and gravitational changes. Moving your balance from one location to another may require recalibration.

    To sustain the precision of these weighing instruments, keep them calibrated according to accurate comparison standards. Ensure your balance gets calibrated with a certified weight to prove traceability of measurement and follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for regular calibration cycles.

    InnoCal can customize test points to your specific needs including those dictated by USP. Along with balances and scales, we can also calibrate your calibration masses and check weights in accordance to ASTM E617-2013.

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    Posted by on in Thermodynamics

    Ask Metrology Lab Technician Rich Mathews anything about anemometers and he will be able to tell you how they work. Rich spends his days in the InnoCal air velocity lab using advanced wind tunnel technology to calibrate wind speed and air velocity equipment.b2ap3_thumbnail_Rich_Mathews.gif

    With a background in mathematics and computer science, Rich began his tenure at InnoCal about seven years ago. He enjoys the “hands-on” process of calibration and advises customers: “Keep sending us your equipment!”

    Rich knows how critical this equipment can be and works to turn it around quickly. And while he takes pride in helping customers maintain well-functioning anemometers and capture hoods, it’s not quite the same as being outdoors on a boat.

    If there’s anywhere he’d rather be—outside of the metrology lab—it’s fishing the Great Lakes.

    Wondering how a metrologist could keep your equipment accurate? Contact InnoCal. InnoCal can supply a calibration certificate that will pass any audit or customer inspection.

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