What is Calibration Interval
A calibration interval refers to the predetermined time period when an instrument should undergo recalibration. There is always the need for instruments to receive calibration due to wear on the mechanics, electrical components, and drift that can naturally happen to equipment over time. The tools will perform differently over time and not be accurate.
As the instrument owner, you are responsible for establishing appropriate calibration intervals based on instrument usage and environmental conditions.
How to Decide on the Calibration Interval
To decide upon what calibration interval should be used for each instrument will require understanding the critical determining factors.
The initial calibration interval is based on manufacturer recommendations, frequency of use, industry-standard offers, and environment. The proposals for the manufacturer will give a starting reference point.
The amount of use an instrument gets played a prominent role in whether or not calibration intervals can be extended.
Initially, manufacturer recommendations, industry standards, frequency of use, and the instrument’s operating environment provide a starting reference point. However, the calibration interval may need adjustment based on the instrument’s stability, specifically examining drift patterns, as observed in past calibration reports. This analysis serves as a baseline for potentially extending or reducing calibration intervals.
Factors Influencing Calibration Intervals:
Every tool and instrument’s calibration intervals might have different protocols and requirements. For example, some instruments do not have a calibration due date. Instead, the instruments require calibration before every use. Other tools do not base some calibration intervals on dates but rather on the time of service (e.g. For every 400 uses, calibration needs to be done).
The honest answer to whether or not you can extend a calibration interval is that it varies from company to company and instrument to instrument. A procedure is set so that the tools are getting their proper care and doing their jobs correctly.
The Importance of Proper Instrument Calibration:
The calibration intervals are vital for maintaining instruments and quality control in a lab. It is important that you maintain all equipment to prevent any misreading and slow down operations.
SRP control systems understands instrument calibration and have been helping companies for over 40 years. They have a wide range of services depending on what your calibration needs are. They will maintain the instrument’s integrity while getting the work done in a quick manner to keep your business running smoothly.