What is Electronic Calibration? Four Times an Instrument May Require It

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If you’re setting up new phones, gauges, meters, or other electronic devices, or if you have existing electronics in your business, an equipment calibration may be necessary. What is an electronic calibration? Calibration checks a device’s measurements by comparing them to the standards set by a calibration equipment, such as phone test sets and meters for new telephone installations. It doesn’t adjust any settings, but it will make any discrepancies between the device and the reliable calibration standards known.

Not sure if your building has equipment that needs calibrating? Here are some reasons you may require an electronic calibration of a meter or electronic device in your business.

1. New items: New items should always be calibrated before they are used. A good example of this would be the installation of a telephone system. Phone test sets read dial tones and data and can determine whether a network is properly set up. Phone test sets can also test last number redials and polarity and are essential for all telecommunications professionals. Meter calibration is also necessary for new meters, such as those for gas, electric, and water in a home.

2. Changes: If an instrument has been repaired or modified in any way, such as after a repair, then it will need to be calibrated. This will ensure that any repairs or changes have not done any damage to the meter or other item in question. For phone systems that have been upgraded, calibration can ensure that nothing was damaged. Further changes to adjust settings will be made from there.

3. Usage: Some meters and other devices will require an onsite calibration after a specific time period or usage period has elapsed, especially if the item in question needs routine inspections. Also, if there has been a critical measurement for a meter, it may need to be calibrated and reset.

4. Damage: If an instrument such as a meter has had a shock or vibration, or if it has been exposed to any adverse or dangerous weather conditions, it will need to be calibrated to keep it working. Electrical shocks and outages can cause problems for some electronic devices, and events like earthquakes can interfere with readings. Also, even if no major event has occurred, any questionable performance from instruments should always be examined with a test set.

Although there are plenty of test sets available to the public, some of these items require special training for use. If you aren’t sure how to use them, be sure to call a professional calibration or test service to check your devices and meters for you. Have questions about calibration tests? Leave a comment or ask a professional today. More information like this.