As a word, “tool” can refer to anything that helps you do what you need to do. Many different tools are used in the workplace, and they’re all excellent depending on what task you need doing.
The level of quality will depend on how well these tools are performing. So, we need to make sure that they’re going to give us a good performance by calibrating them properly to deliver consistent results.
It is not uncommon to hear people ask themselves, “Which tools should be calibrated?” The answer usually is that tools like hammers and screwdrivers don’t need to be calibrated in most cases. However, below are some examples of equipment that tends to need onsite calibration services.
- Coating thickness testers
- Holiday detectors
- Level meters
- Torque Wrenches
- Feeler gages
- Torque screwdrivers
- Laser distance meters
- Cable Testers
- Socket Testers
- PAT Testers
- Insulation Testers
- Gas detectors
- Hardness Testers
- Vernier Callipers
- Electrofusion welding machines
- Tapes and steel rulers
- Electrical Testers
These are a few of the many tools that need to be calibrated, ensuring they’re working correctly. Calibration will help them do the job they were designed for.
You should make sure that your calibration process is suitable for the tool you’re using. Sometimes it’s done internally, but in some cases, many instruments are calibrated by matching to industry-wide standards. For example, transfer standards can be reference thermometers for ovens calibration gauge blocks for dimensional calibrations such as calipers, rulers, and tapes. Any calibration procedures inside the lab must be documented and validated to ensure fully operational.
Have you read the instruction manual? When you’re done reading it, you’ll be able to know how to use each tool properly. Tool storage is also critical. It’s essential to have procedures for handling and storing equipment; this will help the tools last for a long time.
Determine the identification of the tools: There should be a procedure defining which tools must be labeled with their calibration requirements. Devices that don’t require calibration can have stickers telling people this and others telling users to.
Even the most expensive tools lose their original parameters over time. One of the main reasons is the lack of regular calibration. Professionals say that it is a time-consuming process. But imagine recalling all your cars in the automotive industry for a fault.