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    From centrifuges to magnetic stirrers to viscometers, lab instruments perform crucial tasks in processing samples. When the equipment doesn’t work reliably, the operation slows or halts altogether. Imagine getting inconsistent results—and you’re not sure if it’s the process or the equipment causing it.

    b2ap3_thumbnail_LabEquipment.gifTo maintain reliable performance with lab instruments, get them calibrated by a trustworthy service. Instruments should be calibrated to national standards, primarily those maintained by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). You may be tempted to use a low cost calibration provider to preserve budget dollars. Yet, if the calibration is not done correctly or does not meet compliance standards, you’ve wasted both time and money.

    Much world-class research is conducted using common lab equipment, such as incubators, ovens, and freezers. Don’t sacrifice your quality research for sub-par calibrations. Keep lab equipment up to standards with calibration that increases your confidence.

    All calibrations performed by InnoCal, and certificates provided, are ISO17025 and ANSI Z540.1 compliant.

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    Nearly any type of research using liquid volume measurements—from the scientific lab to the product research lab to the environmental lab—relies on accurate samples to test and measure various properties. b2ap3_thumbnail_DispensingApplication.gif

    Your measuring and dispensing instruments can easily be taken for granted yet are critical to your sampling process. Precision quantities are necessary for valid results and repeatability.

    Ensure your liquid volume measurements are exactly what you expect them to be. With volume accuracy, you can be confident that you are measuring as much or as little as you intend.

    Dispensers and other items to calibrate include:
    ·    Micro-pipettes
    ·    Pipettes
    ·    Graduated cylinders
    ·    Beakers
    ·    Burettes
    ·    Carboys

    InnoCal provides NIST-traceable measurements to confirm the accuracy of your dispensers with a measurement range of 0.1 uL to 4000 mL. We can calibrate, in accordance with ISO8566 requirements, from very low volumes to large volumes.

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    torque wrench is one of those tools found everywhere from aerospace settings to home mechanics and bicyclists’ toolboxes. Its ability to tighten fasteners accurately to a particular force makes it indispensible. Torque wrenches (and other torque tools including torque transducers) must be calibrated to work properly.

    b2ap3_thumbnail_Plane_torque.gifBefore using your torque wrench, make sure it has been calibrated and that its calibration date has not expired. New torque wrenches may arrive with a matching certificate of calibration traceable to NIST.

    Test your torque wrench monthly for accuracy. At least once a year, your wrench should be recalibrated. In some settings, you must test for accuracy more often—perhaps before each use. Of course, as a tool, the torque wrench may be dropped or mishandled somehow. If this is the case, make sure you get it recalibrated.

    InnoCal’s environmentally-controlled lab has been evaluated by A2LA and confirmed for technical competency for torque and force calibrations. We also have a fleet of mobile standards to perform calibrations on site at your facility.

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    Every well-functioning service organization has administrative specialists who keep the work flowing. At InnoCal, Rita is one of those organized, on-top-of-it types who assists the metrologists. She takes in calibration orders and distributes them to the correct technician.b2ap3_thumbnail_Rita_image1-2.gif

    She also makes sure she follows the paper trail for accurate documentation. “We document the services once completed, processing them through our system upon return,” explained Rita. “An enormous amount of documentation is generated—from e-mails to outsource orders to direct customer contact.”

    Because she handles a few large customer accounts, it’s helpful that Rita has a background in customer service. In addition to enjoying customer interaction, she delights in the variety of tasks she gets to undertake.

    Plus, she has a team she wouldn’t trade. “I work with the hardest working people on the planet,” said Rita. “They are fun, kind, and extremely knowledgeable.”

    Have instruments that need calibrating? Contact InnoCal. Rita and her colleagues will be happy to assist you.

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