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Why Calibration Cost is Not Driven by Equipment Price; and Why the Cost of Not Calibrating is the Most Important Consideration

Equipment Pricing is Determined by Manufacturing Costs

Manufacturing costs vary from item to item depending upon many factors. These include, but are not limited to: engineering costs, materials for the product, amount of manual labor required, the cost of that manual labor, whether or not automation lends itself to the manufacturing process or to only certain parts of the process, quality control costs, product testing costs, marketing and sales costs, administrative overhead costs, cost of the machines, tools, and instruments needed in the manufacturing process, the upkeep for maintenance on those assets, etc. Hmmm . . . thinking about it in this detail makes you wonder how some products can be sold at retail so cheaply! The answer: resource and supply chain controls to drive costs down as well as the cost…

How often should instruments be calibrated?

How often should instruments be calibrated? That is a question we get asked often. It would be nice to give a simple answer to that question, but unfortunately, that is not possible. Instead, there are several considerations that affect the answer of a correct calibration period. In this post, I will discuss these considerations.

Of course, it would be nice to give one answer for the calibration interval that would be valid for all situations, but unfortunately, there is not a magic answer. Sure, on many occasions you hear that instruments should be calibrated once a year and while that can be the correct answer in some situations, it may not be fit for all purposes. There is no straight answer to this question. Instead, there are several considerations that affect…

The Importance of Equipment Calibration for Extending Equipment Lifetime

Calibration is the process that determines the accuracy of the equipment. The equipment calibration process involves comparing a reading obtained from the equipment to a reading obtained from standardized equipment. Then, one measures the variance between the two. Instrument calibration also involves adjusting the precision and accuracy of the equipment until its readings are within acceptable range of the established standard. (more…)

Why use Nuclear Gauge?

What is it and what are they used for ?

A nuclear gauge is a device used in several construction and industrial applications to perform routine measurements very fast of soils, asphalt, rooftops, and others. All density meters use two different radioactive sources to perform density and humidity measurements, they work in different types of materials: concrete, soil, asphalt, etc., they comply with the different standards and regulations for soil studies (ASTM D6938, D2950, D7013, D7759, C1040 & AASHTO T 310). (more…)