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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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Once your instrument is calibrated and you receive your calibration report, it should contain key test data. In addition to descriptive information about your equipment, the report should indicate:b2ap3_thumbnail_InnoCal-Certificate.gif

1.    Condition of the item as received
2.    The calibration procedure used
3.    As found/as left test data
4.    Statement of measurement uncertainty
5.    Test uncertainties (TURs)
6.    List of standards used to perform the calibration (including their calibration dates)

A signature from the technician is also helpful. This comprehensive information provides an unambiguous record of how your instrument was serviced—useful for audit purposes as well as your own records.

InnoCal provides ISO 17025 compliant reports at no additional charge. INNOTRAK, our calibration report management system, enables you to be audit-ready by accessing your data online.

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Some call them power supplies, others refer to them as electric power converters. In either case, these units provide constant power for service in the field, research and development purposes, laboratories, telecommunications, bench testing, academia, and more.b2ap3_thumbnail_PowerSupplies.gif

While the types of power supplies may vary—from programmable to multi-range to switching to high current—they each must supply the continuous power you need to run your application.

To keep your unit’s performance reliable and delivering the current and voltage you expect, calibration is necessary. With workhorse equipment that may be used every day without a second thought, it is easy to overlook whether it is functioning optimally. Verify if your power supplies are operating according to the manufacturer’s specifications with calibration from a lab that uses NIST-traceable standards.

Since 1991, InnoCal has been providing NIST-Traceable calibration services on electronic equipment. Make your job easier by consolidating your electronic equipment calibrations with one vendor.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ron-Weiser.gifWith more than 30 years of metrology experience, Ron Weiser knows a few things about calibrating electronic instruments such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, flowmeters, and megohmmeters. For instance, he can tell you how calibration has changed.

“I began my career repairing and calibrating RF test equipment,” said Ron. ”Calibration used to mean going through the adjustment procedure and checking a couple of points.” Of course, now calibration—and the instruments being calibrated—are both much more sophisticated.

Yet, Ron’s love for the process has not changed. “Every day I keep learning more about the equipment we calibrate. I also enjoy going on-site to facilities and meeting the customers in person,” he said.

Not too much beats metrology for Ron, but he does like to grill when he leaves the calibration lab.

Learn more about InnoCal’s calibration services for electronic equipment. For support or any questions, contact us.

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When your process relies on a portfolio of equipment—pressure gauges, flow control, electronics, temperature instruments—to keep it running, the effectiveness of this equipment directly impacts your budget.

If temperature readings are off, even slightly, the product you are manufacturing can be flawed or ruined. When pressure or flow instruments are malfunctioning, your production efficiency suffers. At its most severe, these process instruments can even cause your line to shut down if they are impaired.

For electronics components and equipment, both quality and safety suffer when they are inaccurate or even out of order.

To keep equipment operating precisely and sustain control over production output, stick to a regular calibration cycle for each instrument. Servicing part of your process equipment but not all of it leaves gaps in the quality of your operation. Maintain a log of when equipment is due for repair or calibration or reference the information supplied by your calibration provider.

InnoCal conducts calibration and repairs on process equipment. Plus InnoTrak™ software maintains all of your calibration certificates so that you don’t have to; they are ready for you during audits.

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