Which Tools Need Calibration?


Which Tools Require Routine Calibration?

There are a variety of different tools that are used in the workplace which require routine calibration. Their effectiveness will depend on their accuracy for many tools, but how can we know that these tools will deliver us the best performance? The reply is a single word: calibration! We need to calibrate our instruments and make sure that performance is stable for them to be within national specifications.

Below, you can see some examples of equipment that is considered critical and needs to be calibrated.

Gas and Pressure

When manufacturing a gas station, the pipes and other critical equipment are nicely fastened with flanges. Many different bolts and nuts are used when installing a flange connection. To tighten them, you usually use a torque wrench. The manufacturer indicates the amount of force that should be applied to each nut/bolt. If you are using a poorly monitored wrench, there's a chance the equipment you are working on can be damaged or even cause an injury. The only way to ensure that your equipment is safe is to check if it has been calibrated with a calibration device.

The pipes used for high-pressure gas stations are made according to international specifications. They are also coated similarly to how they would typically be when they get manufactured. You can test the coating thickness by measuring it and seeing if it meets the standard. A coating thickness tester is used to calculate how much paint has been applied to something, while a holiday detector generates high voltage and measures any gaps in the film. These two measurements are essential for averting rust on metal items. Ergo, both coating thickness testers and holiday detectors are tools that need to be appropriately calibrated.

Construction Tools

In a workplace, many tools are used for construction. These may include laser distance meters, level meters and measuring tapes. These items need to be calibrated before use to ensure you get accurate measurements.

The aluminium must be heated up to a specific temperature to produce aluminium profiles. This is done in high-temperature ovens, pre-set at the desired heat, and an indicator shows when it's done. Many people who use an oven turn it off before the timer finish, which is a big mistake because this could affect the reading of the oven. But how can we be sure that the oven's reading correctly indicates what's inside? If you believe everything at face value, you won't always know if something changed down the line.

It would be best if you also calibrated electrical testers. They work like a voltmeter or ammeter and are used for safety purposes. They must measure correctly; otherwise, there could be a potentially hazardous situation. Tools used for safety and insulation measurements also belong to a category of devices that need calibration. For example, using ground and an insulating tester, these tools must be calibrated for different purposes. Some of them are listed below:

  • Coating thickness testers

  • Torque screwdrivers

  • Laser distance meters

  • Cable Testers

  • Socket Testers

  • Holiday detectors

  • Level meters

  • Torque Wrenches

  • Torque Wrenches

  • Feeler gages

  • Electrofusion welding machines

  • Tapes and steel rulers

  • Electrical Testers

  • PAT Testers

  • Insulation Testers

  • Gas detectors

  • Hardness Testers

  • Vernier Callipers

These are just some examples of tools that need to be calibrated. Depending on their applicability and importance, many more tools also need to be checked.

Need your tools calibrated?

Does your business have tools that need calibrating? Haven’t calibrated your equipment in a few years, or ever? We highly recommend booking your equipment for a mobile testing service to keep your tools operating accurately. Contact Tekcal to arrange a service today by calling us at +44 (0) 1482 242 123 or dropping us an email at info@tekcal.co.uk.