How to Select Calibration and Reference Standards     Image Credit: Fisher Technology | Test Equipment Depot | Newark   Calibration standards and reference sources provide standard values for calibrating instruments and comparing materials and components. Gage blocks, balls, and rings provide dimensional standards for calibration. Gage blocks, a common form of calibration standards and reference sources, are available in several shapes for dimensional...
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We asked our users for their input on Calibration and Reference Standards. Here are the results of 87 users familiar with Calibration and Reference Standards.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing calibration and reference standard design?
7 answers
Answers:
Accuracy of the instrument is the summation of master, calibration bath and test instrument overall.
~Suresh Sundararajan, Quality Assurance Engineer, Hyderabad, India
Designing instruments and lab set up to comply to the requirements.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
New equipment integrated with automation, such as New CMMs.
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
Energy transducers that allow for digital displays.
~Superintendent in standards room for aviation maintenance tools, Beirut, Lebanon
Dependability, Accuracy & Durability
~Melvin R, Calibration & Instrumentation Engineer, Cavite, Philippines
Pure materials
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
Special design
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative calibration and reference standards?
9 answers
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Brown and Sharpe-Hexagon - as company, with the new CMM equipment PMMC and new optical comparators providing the best combination of robust design and advance electronics and software, such as technology of "image captured".
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
Developing own indigenous standard using notes and requirement of measuring standards.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
Mettler, Cole Palmer, Tyler
~Melvin R, Calibration & Instrumentation Engineer, Cavite, Philippines
Fluke, Mensor and Snap on.
~Superintendent in standards room for aviation maintenance tools, Beirut, Lebanon
Budenberg, Fluke, KERN etc
~Sabu T, Technical Support, Trivandrum, India
Mettler- Toledo, Fluke
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain
Agilent Technologies
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
USP, ChromaDex
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
Fluke, GE
~Suresh Sundararajan, Quality Assurance Engineer, Hyderabad, India

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used calibration and reference standards for?
35 answers
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1) Custody transfer metering applications of Hydro carbon products. Reference Standards: AGA-3, AGA-8, AGA-7, AGA-10, NX19 2) Balancing of throughput parameters of natural gas among stations across the cross country pipelines, Inter plant applications/losses. Reference Standards: AGA-3, AGA-8, AGA-9 3) Control instruments of aviation turbines and associated equipment. Reference Standards: OEM recommendations
~Engineering, Process/Production, BARODA, India
Calibrating equipment such as Optical comparator, Mic Trac, Granite Surface plate, Hardness tester. Also for designing and editing documents to ISO 17025, such as Calibrations Manual, Calibrations Report.
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
1. Developed Image Analysis software for Metallurgy. 2. Calibrated optical microscopes and MicroHardness Testers as per ASTM Standards. 3. Calibrated cameras used in microscopy as per ASTM standards.
~Mangesh U, Engineering Consultant, Pune, India
Instrument calibration (HPLC, UPLC, pH meter, water activity meter, and others). Standards for analytical assay performance.
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
1. For weighing bridges. 2. Check weighers 3. Temperature gauges 4. Pressure gauges and other transducers.
~Technical Support/Services, Tema, Ghana
I haven't calibrated with applications, but different equipment for calibration in the process-field.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Kvarstein, Norway
Temperature bath - RTD sensors Vacuum Gauges-master gauges Flow Controllers -Simulators
~Suresh Sundararajan, Quality Assurance Engineer, Hyderabad, India
Plating thickness measurements X-Ray fluorescence pH Atomic Absorption Spectrograph
~Michael A, Research & Development, Malta, Malta
Calibration of many types of digital multimeters and clamp meters.
~Superintendent in standards room for aviation maintenance tools, Beirut, Lebanon
Calibration lab set up and purchasing relevant master instruments.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
Calibration of temperature, pressure, conductivity, pH, %O2, rpm.
~Technical Support/Services, Herlev, Denmark
Calibration of Temperature controller, RTD and Thermocouple...
~Engineering, Process/Production, Trivandrum, India
To comply with ISO9002 standards, to comply with MMI standards.
~Daryn W, Engineer, Hot Springs, AR
Calibration of working standards and measuring instruments.
~Research & Development, Warsaw, Poland
Plant and soil reference samples for chemical analysis.
~Technical Support/Services, Brisbane, Australia
Calibration for instruments used in coatings factory.
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain
Troubleshooting & maintaining analytical instruments.
~Melvin R, Calibration & Instrumentation Engineer, Cavite, Philippines
High pressure Safety Devices used in Hazardous Div-1.
~Architect/Builder/Contractor, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Dimensional, surface finish, threads, height, etc.
~Quality Control/Assurance, Mentor, OH
Calibrating inspection and machining equipment.
~Quality Control/Assurance, Nisku, Canada
Environmental, clinical, food and pharma apps
~General Corporate Mgmt, Milford, MA
Calibration of test & measurement equipment.
~Marketing/Sales, Richmond, Canada
System check, specification confirmation
~General Corporate Mgmt, Milford, MA
Pressure, Temperature, Electrical, Mass
~Sabu T, Technical Support, Trivandrum, India
Setting the holds and match counting.
~Purchasing, Central Point, OR
Semiconductor, photomask process
~Engineering, Process/Production, Agrate Brianza, Italy
Chromatography, spectroscopy
~Zagreb, Croatia
Do measurement or inspection
~Quality Control/Assurance, KCH, Malaysia
Weighing units Blending RPM
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Aurangabad, India
GC, HPLC, process analyzer
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
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Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that calibration and reference standards have been used for.
5 answers
Answers:
We use simple physics rule to develop our own standard using density = mass / volume to set up a calibration for density meter.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
Nullification of error during calibration process.
~Suresh Sundararajan, Quality Assurance Engineer, Hyderabad, India
Biodiesel and biogas applications.
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
Component identification
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
Maintenance & Repair
~Melvin R, Calibration & Instrumentation Engineer, Cavite, Philippines

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of calibration and reference standards?
6 answers
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The injection pressure of the sample was bigger that the sample pressure, and the cal has been done like that, and the result was wrong and can cause the explosion of the column separation and poisoning the ethylene product with acetylene.
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
If using an inappropriate reference standard, we think that the machine is working properly and yet the opposite is true.
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain
We have to minimize the error during calibration and make measure close to accuracy.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
The worst in calibrations is to make a calibration with a wrong reference standard.
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
The incorrect standard was ordered. Time and money was wasted.
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
Calibration of squareness
~Andries S, Owner, Brakpan, South africa

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
7 answers
Answers:
An updated version of reference standard designed to regulate this new technology, updating the current standards with this new technology.
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
Spirit levels, clinometers, dumpy levels, theodolites & total station as well as collimators & auto collimator.
~Andries S, Owner, Brakpan, South africa
We would like to develop the measuring standards for calibration lab.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
Pressure gauge calibration tester
~Superintendent in standards room for aviation maintenance tools, Beirut, Lebanon
High potency and lower price.
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
FPD detector
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
Easy to use
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using calibration and reference standards?
9 answers
Answers:
They have to be updating the information for any change in these reference standards applied for their calibrations, keeping the contact with institutions like GlobalSpec.
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
To buy standards and calibration cylinders with a valid certificate from that company which has iso accreditation.
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
Although sometimes one service or standard can seem expensive, if it´s good, reliability is cheap.
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain
Ask for Traceable calibration and the calibration points should be as per your requirement.
~Sabu T, Technical Support, Trivandrum, India
Accuracy in various applicable modes of use, acceptance criteria.
~Suresh Sundararajan, Quality Assurance Engineer, Hyderabad, India
Choose always the most accurate reference standards.
~Superintendent in standards room for aviation maintenance tools, Beirut, Lebanon
Take careful note of intended application.
~Melvin R, Calibration & Instrumentation Engineer, Cavite, Philippines
To check brief about the standard offer.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
Look for more than 1 or 2 sources.
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of calibration and reference standards?
9 answers
Answers:
My advice is that most common errors are related with the information that we are using in the Calibration Report or Certificate. We need to keep updating our references standards to give the best confidence to our customers.
~Gregorio De la Cruz, Quality Assurance Mgr., Houston, TX
Technical support from the manufacturer is very important for the continuation of usage of the reference standard testers.
~Superintendent in standards room for aviation maintenance tools, Beirut, Lebanon
Reference standards shall be more accurate than the calibration test instrument.(at least twice over the other).
~Suresh Sundararajan, Quality Assurance Engineer, Hyderabad, India
You need to use your common sense to develop the set up for calibration using standards.
~Pankaj Patel, General Management, Vadodara, INDIA
The conditions of injection have to be the same all the time (pressure, flow, temperature).
~RADULESCU MARIUS, Technical Support, PLOIESTI, ROMANIA
Always use the {Cas number} in order to make sure it's a right standard material.
~Ida G, Pharmaceutical, Baltimore, MD
Be well informed of calibration norms & practices. Attend trainings & seminars.
~Melvin R, Calibration & Instrumentation Engineer, Cavite, Philippines
It is very important to follow manufacturer's equipment to be calibrated.
~Javier R, Quality Control, Valencia, Spain
Ask for a demonstration before buying.
~Sabu T, Technical Support, Trivandrum, India


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