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Information about keeping your instruments running accurately

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Scheduled preventive maintenance and repair helps keep your valuable equipment running. Without the necessary upkeep, you may be susceptible to a production delay or shutdown.

To avoid downtime (and its related costs), check manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance cycles and assess equipment for potential repairs. Use professionally trained technicians who provide factory-authorized service. b2ap3_thumbnail_FlowmeterCalibration_20150929-140148_1.gif

At InnoCal, we offer a vast inventory of OEM parts to ensure quick and accurate service. In addition to repairs, our technicians can also create custom devices to handle your unique applications.

Calibration and Repairs for:

·    Air Velocity
·    Dimensional
·    Electrical
·    Flowmeters
·    Force
·    Gas Monitors
·    Humidity
·    Hydrometers
·    Light
·    Mass
·    pH Meters and Calibrators
·    Pipettors and Dispensers
·    Pressure/Vacuum
·    Recorders—Chart, Strip, and X-Y
·    Refractometers
·    Sound
·    Stroboscopes
·    Tachometers—Mechanical (contact) and Optical
·    Thermometry
·    Timers and Stopwatches
·    Torque
·    Vibration
·    Weather Stations

Looking for maintenance and/or repairs for laboratory and industrial process equipment and instruments? Contact InnoCal for fast, reliable service.

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Magnetic stirrers are more sophisticated than ever. Some models offer a light as a visual warning to prevent lab workers from getting accidental burns. A “HOT PLATE” warning signal remains illuminated while the temperature is on and will flash if the stirrer is turned off—until the plate drops below 50°C. Some include a braking feature b2ap3_thumbnail_MagneticStirrer.gifthat brings the stir bar to a stop for quick flask removal.

With these safety features, magnetic stirrers are even more lab-friendly. Yet, their key functionality is spinning or stirring the solution via the stir bar. Chemists and biologists rely on the efficiency of these stirrers to create homogenous samples.

To keep magnetic stirrers up to speed, professional calibration may be necessary. Check your manufacturers’ instructions for calibration recommendations and intervals.

Once your magnetic stirrers arrive in InnoCal’s ISO17025-accredited calibration lab, we’ll review your instructions, calibrate them as requested, and return them with a NIST-traceable certificate.

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When you manufacture water heaters, you must have temperature measurement and pressure equipment that functions well. That’s why two metrologists from InnoCal returned to a Michigan manufacturer for the second time to perform on-site calibrations.b2ap3_thumbnail_Manufacturer_Pressure.gif

Initially, the request for service included system calibrations. Then, the project developed into separate temperature probe and indicator calibrations—which required a second trip with different standards. For nearly a week, the InnoCal metrologists worked with the technicians at the facility to complete thermocouple and pressure gauge calibrations.

In the end, a satisfied facilities manager and his staff had equipment they could feel confident in using. “They were very pleased with our professionalism and high-end standards,” said Mark, the lead metrologist for the on-site project.

Looking for your own calibration success story? Contact InnoCal if you have a potential on-site project.

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Peristaltic pumps handle many process fluid handling duties including dispensing, metering, and general transfer. They are key to processes in industrial and manufacturing, food & beverage, R&D, pharmaceutical & biotech, and environmental labs. These workhorse pumps must sustain their precision in fluid transfer to maximize production.b2ap3_thumbnail_Masterflex_DispensingSolutions.gif

To prevent sluggish performance or even downtime, make sure your peristaltic pumps are calibrated regularly. Regular calibration:
·    Ensures accurate rotation per minute (rpm) output
·    Delivers better system control with more accurate volumes
·    Helps you meet ISO, EPA, GLPs/GMPs and other quality standards

NIST-traceable calibration will instill confidence in your processes that your peristaltic pump drives are operating efficiently.

InnoCal can calibrate any Masterflex® or Ismatec® peristaltic pump drive. Contact us to find out how to order a new pump precalibrated or to recalibrate your existing pump.

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A large petroleum refinery contracted with InnoCal in January to calibrate more than 200 of their instruments on-site. Two metrologists traveled to Texas to make sure the process equipment, pressure instruments, electronics, and temperature meters were as accurate as possible. The equipment is critical for the refinery workers to use in the field to keep operations running effectively.b2ap3_thumbnail_Industrial_Petro_FromDisk.gif

Working in a trailer near the facility, the duo completed calibrations on more than 300 units—an increase of 33% from the initial request—in slightly more than seven days.

“The client told us this was the most proficient turnaround of their test equipment ever,” said Jeff Ziegler, Metrology Calibration Engineer. “It was really a positive experience—the technicians we worked with were extremely satisfied.”

Do you have an on-site project InnoCal can help with? Contact us online or call 866-466-6225.

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