It is a well-known fact that even Columbus had conversion problems. He miscalculated the circumference of the earth using Roman miles instead of nautical miles, and unexpectedly ended up in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, instead of Asia. Our point here is that measurements are important. Which is why, when it comes to choosing the right supplier for your metrology calibrations, no half measures can be taken.

But with many calibration providers across the UK all seemingly promising a similar service, we’ve broken down all the important information you should look for – and what you should steer clear of – when it comes to choosing a calibration partner.

First stop: gauging how satisfied you are with your current calibration supplier

The task of arranging metrology equipment calibrations might be a small part of the role of quality and production teams; however, if a supplier doesn’t quite live up to expectations, the only place you will be setting sail to is back to the drawing board…

Accurate and timely calibration plays a crucial role in product quality and regulatory compliance – and ultimately your company’s success and reputation. For this, finding the right calibration partner is extremely important. So, whether you’re happy with your current calibration provider or you know there is room for improvement, these are the important factors that you need to consider:

  • Turnaround times – Consider firstly how long you can afford to have your equipment out of process for calibration. You will find that most calibration suppliers will offer a ‘guaranteed’ turnaround time of less than 7 days, but make sure you also read the small print. Establish and agree clear delivery expectations with the supplier (make sure you also factor in travel time, which can often add two additional days!).
  • Accreditations and certificates – These are important indications of quality. Check that your supplier has the correct accreditations to provide the level of calibration you need. You should also find out how and when calibration certificates are supplied after calibrations are complete.
  • Flexibility – Every business is different – and no two businesses will have the same calibration schedule. Can your current provider work around your schedule? Can they provide a flexible service suitable to your needs, e.g., plan on-site calibrations around your shut down periods? Put convenience high on your priority list.
  • Supplier capability – This is where a calibration partner can really add value. Outsourcing your calibration needs to a metrology focussed calibration provider that uses high-precision processes and state-of-the-art equipment can ensure the optimum accuracy of your metrology equipment. They can also provide fully traceable calibration certificates backed by internationally recognised quality management processes, including ISO17025.
  • Communication – How will your supplier keep you updated on the status of your equipment? Some suppliers will use an asset management system, which provides full transparency from when your equipment arrives at the lab, to when it’s ready to return to your site. Find out how they will communicate this important information – and how easy is it to speak to someone in case any problems arise.
  • Location – Even if your business isn’t located in a remote area, it’s worthwhile finding out where your nearest calibration engineer is. Some calibration suppliers have small teams, meaning resource is often maxed out and you could be kept waiting for longer periods for the calibrations you need.

Calibration Select – Metrology calibrations that work for you

Partnering with an accredited service provider can provide greater confidence when it comes to ensuring the accuracy of your metrology calibrations. Calibration Select from Avery Weigh-Tronix has been developed with our customers to provide a unique metrology calibration service.

Why partner with us?

  • 5-day turnaround time – We’re the UK’s only calibration supplier to offer a true 5-day service, door to door.
  • Range of testing capability – We specialise in calibrating a range of electrical, force, pressure, temperature and torque equipment and mass weights, both onsite and at our state-of-the-art calibration lab.
  • Flexibility – Our expert engineers are available to carry out on-site calibrations 7 days a week. With our network of over 150 multiskilled engineers located across the UK, you won’t be kept waiting for on-site calibrations.
  • Keeping you compliant – Our automated reminders make sure you’ll never miss a calibration again. We’ll supply a digital calibration certificate 4-hours after your calibration takes place.
  • Fully accredited – We can perform calibrations traceable to both national standard and UKAS accredited.

To learn more about how we can work with you to manage and simplify your unique metrology calibration needs, reach out to a member of our team – we’d love to hear from you!

It’s safe to say, as humans we have always been fascinated by the intricacies of flight.

In 1678, a French locksmith named Besnier tried to fly with wings modelled after the webbed feet of a duck. Luckily, he survived the attempt. And 300 years before that, kites were seen carrying humans in China. Luckily, we have come a long way since then…

During the last century the aerospace industry celebrated a number of milestones. From the Wright brothers achieving the first successful airplane flight in 1903, to the Vostok capsule carrying the first person into space.

But not one to rest on its laurels the industry is constantly developing new technologies, and today the prospect of potentially moving to Mars isn’t too alien a concept(!), while the emergence of new advanced materials like graphene and carbon nanotubes are helping to make airplane wings more efficient by reducing weight and fuel consumption.

Weight is hugely important when it comes to designing air and spacecraft. Lighter machines can travel faster on less fuel, and even the slightest changes can make a huge difference. Weight and balance also have a significant impact on the ability to operate aircrafts safely.

So, fasten your seatbelts as we journey into why this makes the calibration of measuring equipment highly critical…

First stop: Quality and safety

The aerospace industry is subject to strictly tight quality controls for safety, meaning high quality production is needed at every stage.

Equipment or component failures on an aircraft can cost from tens of thousands to millions of pounds, while failures in flight present another enormous risk in the loss of lives.

To guarantee the structural safety of an aircraft, every element needs to be manufactured to the highest quality. This is particularly important as the industry relies on hundreds of tiny parts to build their products using high precision processes.

Dimensional measurement plays a crucial role in ensuring that these parts, including aircraft frames and stringers, meet exacting quality standards.

Without proper, regular and well-documented instrument calibration, there is simply no way to ensure safety, quality and performance – all of which are critical to the aerospace industry.

Accuracy and precision

High value satellites are launched with the requirement that they can operate for a number of decades without maintenance or repair. This makes it incredibly important to get it right the first time. But this can only be delivered through rigorous testing and validation carried out on every single component, ensuring it can survive the extremely harsh space environment.

Measurement lies at the heart of this.

In September of 1999, after almost 10 months of travel to Mars, NASA’s $125million Mars Climate Orbiter burned and broke into pieces – purely because the wrong type of measurement unit was used during the manufacturing process. Thankfully today we have the globally recognised SI units system of measurement to avoid such incidences…

Besides checking the accuracy of metrology equipment, calibration also helps to determine the traceability of the measurement.

During calibration, equipment such as micrometers, gauges and calipers are tested against an even higher-level standard, which ensures the results the tools provide are correct, and parts can be produced to the right specs.

Calibration is not a one-time mission

Calibrations have to be carried out at regular intervals. The accuracy of all measuring devices degrades over time, and calibration processes ensure that any deviations in measurement can be corrected so the device performs consistently.  

The aerospace industry in particular has specialised accuracy and reliability specifications for its equipment, and all measurement data and results need to incite an extreme level of confidence.

This means manufacturers need to employ a metrology system that can measure equipment efficiently while consistently attaining high levels of accuracy, which can be as tight as 0.01 mm.

Regular calibration ensures that equipment maintains its stated accuracy, minimising safety risks and bringing you one giant step towards better quality.

Talk to us

Our Calibration Select laboratory in Birmingham follows strict standards and processes which enable us to carry out metrology equipment calibrations for the aerospace industry.

We offer our customers the choice of either traceable or UKAS calibrations. If you want to find out which option is right for you, or if you’d like to know more about the calibration of your metrology equipment our experts are on hand to offer some friendly advice. We’d love to hear from you!

Creating an asset list can be a headache, we know! But while around 750 million people and 70% of organisations use spreadsheets to collate and manage data – and despite the fact there is a World Excel Championship – when it comes to creating a detailed list of your metrology and weighing equipment, spreadsheets (no matter how much enthusiasm you may muster for them) don’t provide the best ‘formula’ for success….

Here’s why a reliable asset list collation and management system can add more value than a spreadsheet, by giving you extra confidence in the accuracy of your data…

Firstly, we know creating an asset list is a time-consuming process – with potentially thousands of pieces of calibration equipment on site, for many businesses it can be a daunting task. But the benefits of keeping an accurate asset list far outweigh the administrative burden that comes with it – and more importantly, it is a crucial step in ensuring your equipment calibrations and periodical audits proceed without a glitch. But not every business can spare the resource needed to invest in this important step.

With a few tweaks, however, this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, it is one step that can be simplified – while hugely improving your calibration process.

Why keep an asset list?

It goes without saying that every business will have their own set of internal processes for managing calibrations. With so much data to keep track of, keeping an accurate list is a common area businesses struggle with and 50% of QA teams admit their asset lists are out of date! (So, rest assured: you are not alone.)

However, putting in the work upfront to create an accurate list saves a huge amount of time in the long run, giving you swifter audits, asset traceability at your fingertips, and significantly reducing the risk of non-conformance when it comes to audits. It also puts you on the stepladder for creating a more efficient calibration process.

For any QA team, it is a crucial task.

The challenges

Despite this, many businesses still find the process challenging due to a range of factors, which include:

  • Insufficient support – Many businesses don’t have a dedicated Quality Manager or team to manage the process, meaning this responsibility is often shared out among multiple roles. Hence, the level of detail can often differ across the asset list!
  • Separate departments – Assets will often span multiple departments with different teams (each with their own procedure) responsible for them, making it hard to have one source of data.
  • Lack of time – Keeping an up-to-date asset list can fall down the priority list, with many businesses simply unable to dedicate the time needed to maintain it correctly.

So how can you better harmonise the process, while reducing your risks and the time it takes to build an accurate asset list?

Spreadsheet vs software

Firstly, the old spreadsheet vs software debate. Many of us tend to have a complicated relationship with spreadsheets, which can be a great tool for many things – from creating task lists to managing budgets – but when it comes to data asset management, they don’t offer the most reliable companion (you can take our Word for it).

Accuracy is very important for calibration management – and one small error can equal a huge problem!

With an estimated 88% of spreadsheets including mistakes, those errors can be costly when it comes to calibrations. Using an online portal with real-time data updates is a much more reliable way of managing your assets.

Many ‘spreadsheet databases’ also become quickly obsolete as the administrative upkeep falls down the priorities list. It’s a sad fact but, despite the amazing functions they come with, spreadsheets can be pretty hard to maintain.

This is where using the right software adds value …

How to collate and store your data (accurately)

Building and maintaining an accurate asset list is no easy task. It’s not a simple case of logging data into a spreadsheet.

With our asset collation service, Asset Scan, our calibration experts can help free up another valuable asset: time. Our calibration experts will attend your site and perform a search for all of your metrology and weighing assets to build a detailed asset list for you – taking all the hassle out of the process.

After your asset scan appointment has taken place, we’ll log the data in our Calibration Hub, which can then be used to manage your entire metrology calibration schedule and ensure you are audit-ready going forward.

What you gain:

  • A hassle-free service – no need to find the resource or time to collate an asset list yourself, meaning less detraction from your day-to-day business.
  • Highly skilled calibration engineers – who will complete the search and ensure every single detail needed is captured correctly.
  • Access to the Calibration Hub, an easy-to-use online portal – to store and manage your asset list and use as a central source of data for all departments to share.

To speak to our experts about arranging an Asset Scan appointment, or to find out more about the Calibration Hub, click here to contact our team. We’d love to hear from you!

Humans have a long, successful history of adding value to raw materials to turn them into something more useful. Prior to the advent of manufacturing, it’s daunting to think that most products were made by hand. But luckily, the technological changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution dramatically changed our ways of producing goods.

Henry Ford’s introduction of the assembly line in 1913, for instance, made moves towards efficiently mass-producing an entire automobile. His first assembly line cut the time it took to construct a car from over 12 hours to an impressive one hour and thirty-three minutes!

Today this important innovation has enabled manufacturers to create products in high volume at a remarkable rate, enabling them to take advantage of economies of scale. But manufacturing also requires balancing efficient production and effective quality control measures to create safe, high-quality products.

This is where calibration takes the load off…

Calibration and its role in manufacturing

With the ever-increasing influx of automation, it’s important to ensure that production is repeatedly accurate.

Parts need to be produced within a customer’s required specifications, within a pre-set tolerance for error, which means the highly complex machines that are involved in producing and assembling those parts – at every single step of the manufacturing process – need to be reliable.

Metrology equipment is used by manufacturers to ensure that their products and their parts are accurately and precisely manufactured, measured and assembled. The process that checks the equipment used is delivering accurate results time and time again is calibration.

Why calibrate?

To ensure that metrology equipment – from torque wrenches to micrometers – are producing the correct measurements, they need to be regularly checked.

This is important as, over a period of time and from constant use, their measurements can shift slightly, which can create differences and product deviations, beyond the famed margin of error.

Instruments used within manufacturing environments are particularly vulnerable to this. Micrometers, for instance, are widely used to assure the quality of parts, but simple changes such as heat from the hands can warm the frame of a micrometer, causing significant measurement errors. Similarly, if it’s been dropped or damaged in any way, it’s important to ensure, through calibration, that the tool is still delivering the correct measurement results.

But it’s not just quality assurance calibration offers manufacturers, it also brings a number of other important benefits:

The benefits of calibrating to manufacturers

  1. Create confidence in products – During calibration, the results from a measurement device are compared against a traceable reference device with a higher level of accuracy. Any discrepancies found can then be adjusted accordingly. By ensuring accuracy at every level of the manufacturing chain, manufacturers have confidence that their equipment is producing high quality products, which feeds down to trust from their customers.
  2. Ensure safety and quality – Having accurate measurement results is particularly important when looking at the levels of tension required within critical joints and fastenings on cars, aircraft, and heavy-duty machinery. The measurement of torque is one of the most important aspects during the manufacturing of high-quality products and is required to ensure that the fasteners used in automobiles, for example, are installed securely. The joints need to be bound with absolute tightness, which is critical to safety.  Without properly calibrated equipment, it’s impossible to meet quality requirements, such as ISO.
  3. Reduce costs and manufacturing errors – Small measurement errors can equal big costs, so having accurately calibrated equipment can reduce the risk for product defects and therefore expensive repairs.

How often should equipment be calibrated?

Dimensional equipment such as calipers, are one of the most common hand tools used within manufacturing. Due to their precision accuracy it’s important to calibrate these devices at least once a year. Similarly, torque wrenches should also be calibrated at least once a year due to their high level of use.

Other questions to consider when thinking about the frequency of calibrations are: Is the device dropped or banged constantly? Or are you using the tool in unusually hot, cold, humid or wet conditions? If yes, you might want to consider a more frequent calibration schedule.

Luckily, calibrations don’t need to be laborious …

We’re here to help

If you’re a manufacturer and you’d like some advice on calibrations within your business, reach out to our experts. We offer both ISO standard calibrations and UKAS accredited calibrations across a full range of metrology disciplines in our labs, including torque, temperature, dimensional and electrical equipment. We’d love to hear from you!

UKAS calibration certificate

When it comes to choosing a metrology calibration service that fits your needs, there are usually two options available: traceable and accredited. Choosing between the two can make things oddly daunting, but it goes without saying you’ll want to ensure that your metrology equipment is measuring correctly.

So, what tips the balance in favour of an accredited laboratory?

Firstly, what exactly is accreditation?

Accreditation is in place to certify ‘technical competence’.

Put simply, accreditation ensures that a set of standards are being met and provides the evidence that they are. To achieve this, a laboratory has to be independently audited to demonstrate that they can carry out calibration work competently.

In essence, it shows that the laboratories in charge of calibrating your metrology equipment have themselves undergone a rigorous checking process.

Accreditation is an instantly recognisable stamp of approval and probably the best indication of the quality and competence of a supplier’s calibration services. It gives you confidence that calibration results will be fully traceable to international reference standards through the complex traceability chain.

How are laboratories accredited?

To gain accreditation, laboratories are audited against recognised standards by appointed bodies.

UKAS is the National Accreditation Body for the United Kingdom. They are appointed by government, to assess and accredit organisations that provide services including certification, testing, inspection and calibration.

To gain UKAS accreditation, laboratories have to be audited against a scrupulous set of criteria defined by the internationally recognised standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017. It is an expensive and time-consuming process, but it examines everything from test methods and equipment, to staff, their training and technical capabilities. Ensuring quality across the board here is key. 

More importantly, it provides evidence that the laboratory can consistently obtain accurate and reliable calibration results, which are recognised both nationally and around the world.

A ‘UKAS calibration’ refers to a calibration carried out by a UKAS accredited laboratory within the scope of their accreditation.

It’s important to remember accreditation is not a one-off achievement. Accredited laboratories are regularly audited to ensure their ongoing technical competence.

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 vs ISO 9001:2015 – why standards matter

While ISO 9001:2015 can contribute to maintaining high quality standards in laboratories, it’s important to note that it more generically focuses on compliance to general quality management systems.

ISO 17025:2017, on the other hand, exists to provide specific guidance on the specialist quality management systems required by testing and calibration laboratories.

In essence, ISO 9001:2015 is broader as it does not require evaluation of the technical competence of a laboratory or its staff, whereas ISO 17025:2017 shows their ability to carry out calibration work to the highest standard.

As far as standards go, ISO 17025:2017 is necessary for formal recognition of a laboratory’s calibration capabilities. This is the standard you should look for.  

What value does an ISO 17025:2017 accredited lab create for metrology equipment calibrations?

There are two main routes to calibration: accredited calibration (UKAS calibration) and standard traceable calibration (non-accredited calibration).

An accredited calibration shows that a laboratory meets the stringent requirements of ISO 17025:2017. A standard calibration refers to the service of laboratories whose competence has not been formally confirmed by an independent party.

UKAS calibration exists to give you the highest degree of assurance that you will receive accurate results and, just as importantly, can pass this down to your customers.

When it comes to ensuring the most accurate results, an accredited laboratory is there to take some of the weight off your shoulders. Here are some other important benefits of using an accredited metrology lab:

  • Enhance your confidence – Using an accredited laboratory means putting your confidence into a laboratory that has been certified as technically competent.
  • Minimise risk – The accuracy of the calibration results obtained from an accredited laboratory can minimise the risk of producing or supplying a faulty product as you can be confident your metrology equipment will be providing accurate results.
  • Avoid expensive re-testing – Calibrating metrology equipment can be expensive and time-consuming. If not done correctly the first time, the time and costs involved in re-testing can end up costing you a fortune.
  • International recognition – Accredited laboratories receive a form of international recognition. This helps to reduce costs by reducing or eliminating the need for retesting overseas.

Some industries also have regulations that require accredited calibration results for metrology equipment. Industries such as automotive, healthcare, aerospace, and aviation all require extreme accuracy. UKAS Accreditation ensures the highest standard of quality in calibration with assured traceability to National and International Standards.

All calibration laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 are listed on the UKAS website. You can also check the company website or ask the supplier for their laboratory number to verify their credentials.

Finally, it’s also important to confirm that your equipment is included within the calibration laboratory’s ‘Scope of Accreditation’. This is an official document issued for every accredited laboratory and provides a list of calibration activities that it is accredited to perform.

An accredited calibration partner

Many aspects of the core disciplines (electrical, mass weights, force, pressure, temperature and torque) of our metrology equipment calibration service, Calibration Select, are accredited by UKAS to enable us to provide UKAS Calibration Certificates.

We are additionally able to offer standard traceable calibration in both these and other disciplines. For full details of our UKAS accreditation, please refer to our Accreditation Scopes, available on the UKAS website.

After your equipment has been calibrated, we provide you with a UKAS calibration certificate which shows the results from your calibration, including any measurement uncertainties and other information required by the standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017. This is in addition to all the information you would get from a non-accredited calibration.

If you would like more information on UKAS accredited calibration service, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Having your electrical test equipment regularly calibrated is a crucial part of its ownership. Whether it’s a portable appliance tester, RCD tester, multifunction calibrator or an insulation and continuity tester, an annual calibration will ensure your electrical test equipment is working to the correct specifications and giving you the results you expect.

Our metrology equipment calibration expert, Tom Bates, answers your commonly asked questions about electrical test equipment calibration.

Why is it important to calibrate electrical testing equipment?

When it comes to electrical safety, using inaccurate electrical testing equipment could present a number of risks and potential legal repercussions. Even a minute discrepancy in the results could pass an item that should be failing, and vice versa – making calibrations extremely important as they ensure your device is providing accurate readings.

What can cause my electrical testing equipment to give inaccurate results?

Electrical testing equipment can be easily compromised. From an electrical surge damaging the internal components, to a moisture intrusion if the device is left in storage for a long period of time, or even accidentally dropping the device or hitting it off a hard surface – your equipment might still work after such events, but you can’t be sure that it will still give you completely accurate results.

Additionally, general wear and tear through daily use can also cause the results of your device to drift over time. The shift may be small and insignificant, but in some cases, especially if you are working with small values, it may cause a slight difference in measurement.

What happens during an electrical calibration?

An electrical calibration is the process of verifying the performance of any instrument used to test or measure electrical parameters such as voltage, current or resistance.

During an electrical calibration an accredited calibration laboratory will check your equipment to make sure it is working to the correct standards. The calibration will take place under carefully controlled and maintained conditions, using a piece of reference equipment called a multifunction  electrical tester calibrator, which is at least four times more accurate than the unit under test.

After the calibration is complete, your electrical test equipment is returned with a calibration certificate which details the test performed and the results.

Your calibration certificate is your proof that your equipment is working within standard; without it, you have no way of knowing whether the results you are generating are accurate or not.

How long does an electrical test equipment calibration take?

Using traditional manual, multiple-product methods with discrete resistors, decade boxes, and other custom solutions, the calibration process itself can take up to an hour.

However, at our Calibration Select laboratory in Birmingham we recently invested in Fluke’s new 5322A electrical tester calibrator. This innovative piece of testing equipment has made the calibration process four times faster, meaning we can complete a range of electrical calibrations in as little as 15 minutes!

Although the calibration itself is a quick process, if you’re sending your items to a laboratory for calibration, we strongly advise you check what the lab’s current turnaround time is and if they offer a guarantee if they don’t meet these timescales.

Can’t I just check my device’s reading against another device?

No! It’s a common misconception that two meters are ‘calibrated’ if they both give the same reading during a field comparison check. But this does not necessarily prove that the two meters are accurate as they could both be out of calibration by the same amount.

The only way to ensure your device’s accuracy levels is to calibrate it against a known standard.

Are there any questions we’ve not answered?

We hope that’s answered any questions you have about electrical test equipment calibration. If there’s something we’ve not covered, leave a question in the box below and Tom will get back to you.

With a long-established history, the Avery Weigh-Tronix brand name is synonymous with weighing and calibration expertise. But if you scratch the surface, there are lots of areas of our business with interesting stories of their own.

Like our Force Calibration Laboratory.

Based at our Soho Foundry site in Birmingham, our Force Calibration Laboratory is renowned throughout the UK for its specialised loadcell calibrations which are carried out on a custom built, 10m high deadweight testing machine.

Taking centre stage in the lab and containing an impressive 76 individual weights, the machine can calibrate up to 50 tonnes and is extremely rare, as it’s one of only three in the UK!

The machine is so complex that in 2002, when it was moved from our previous Tamebridge site to the Force Calibration Laboratory at the Soho Foundry, it took nearly nine months to dismantle, move and rebuild!

Luckily the lab is managed by Mike Moran, who knows the intricacies of the machine inside out. He’s worked at Avery Weigh-Tronix for over 40 years and has worked with the deadweight testing machine for his entire career.

Interestingly, although technology has moved on hugely over the last 40 years, the principle of calibrating has remained the same. So, although the machine is almost 50 years old, it still performs as it should.

The Force Calibration Laboratory is equally as impressive as the machine itself. Designed and built specifically to house the deadweight machine, absolutely no detail was overlooked to ensure the utmost accuracy during calibrations.

Specialised temperature and humidity controls installed throughout the lab maintain the accuracy of the weights on the machine. And vibrations from the surrounding area are prevented thanks to a concrete pad which feeds directly into the bedrock beneath the building’s floor!

The accuracy of the machine is so precise, it is used to calibrate reference loadcells for customers like Rolls Royce and the National Measurement Office.

Our Force Calibration Laboratory gained UKAS accreditation in 1972, at the time being only the 54th lab in the UK to gain this prestigious accreditation, which we’ve upheld ever since.

From the 26th February 2021, the Avery Weigh-Tronix Force Calibration Laboratory has been renamed after it became part of Avery Weigh-Tronix’s UKAS accredited metrology calibration service, Calibration Select.

Despite this change, the UKAS laboratory reference number remains the same. Calibrations will still take place in the same laboratory using the same deadweight testing machine and technical expertise.

For more information please contact us on webinfo@awtx-itw.com or 0845 939 0020.

Calibration Select, a division of Avery Weigh-Tronix, are pleased to announce the achievement of the latest ISO 17025:2017 accreditation.

Calibration Select provides professional metrology calibration services on test and measurement equipment to a broad range of industries across the UK.

This accreditation was awarded in February 2021 after an assessment from UKAS in November 2020, which ensured the company’s Calibration Select laboratory in Birmingham complies with the ISO 17025 standard.

The news marks the completion of an 18-month project for Calibration Select to provide UKAS accredited calibrations across a full range of metrology disciplines including torque, temperature, pressure and electrical.

It also enhances the company’s existing accreditation portfolio that includes mass weight calibration, non-automatic weighing machines, force and load cell testing.

Andy Fox, Compliance Business Unit Manager, Avery Weigh-Tronix reinforced the accomplishment of the ISO 17025:2017 accreditation, commenting; “Achieving this accreditation from UKAS is a testament to the hard work of the Calibration Select team in ensuring our high standards of quality are met at all times. We are now better placed to offer our industry leading service and turnaround times to a wider range of businesses across the UK.”

UKAS is the National Accreditation Body for the United Kingdom. They are appointed by government, to assess and accredit organisations that provide services including certification, testing, inspection and calibration.

This accreditation demonstrates the competency of a laboratory to ensure reliability of the analysis results and delivers confidence in the service of the calibration laboratory. 

For more information please contact us on webinfo@awtx-itw.com or 0845 939 0020.

Calibration Select has partnered with NW Aeroforms to provide a comprehensive range of metrology calibration services to the aerospace industry.

With 130 years of expertise in delivering calibrations to a range of industries, Calibration Select – a division of Avery Weigh-Tronix – offers a comprehensive metrology equipment calibration service.

The new partnership with NW Aeroforms, a specialist supplier to the aerospace industry, widens Calibration Select’s expertise in the calibration of torque equipment and SME tools commonly used within the aerospace industry.

Andy Fox, Compliance Business Unit Manager, Avery Weigh-Tronix, commented:

“This partnership strengthens the level of service and expertise that we can offer our customers in the aerospace sector. Our combined technical expertise and sector understanding, along with our extremely quick turnaround times, mean that we are well positioned to meet the needs of this very demanding industry.”

With quality, safety and performance at risk, the accurate calibration of metrology equipment is critical in the aerospace sector. In an industry where the cost and impact of failure is high, exacting standards and strict regulatory requirements mean that aerospace customers must adhere to regular and reliable calibration schedules.

To meet these requirements, the companies are offering a same day, on-site calibration service, which has been designed to reduce downtime and minimise disruption. Within minutes, the team can carry out calibrations, tests, and repairs on torque hand tools directly on the customer’s site (including line-side, if required) from their mobile laboratory.

For calibrations carried out off-site at the companies’ laboratories, a five-day turnaround is guaranteed.

Andy continued: “The cost of downtime in the aerospace industry can quickly run into tens of thousands, making it vital that equipment is tested and calibrated on-time. It’s critical that having access to a swift turnaround is part of the service for our customers, and this fundamental service offering has formed the bases of our partnership with NW Aeroforms.”

Calibration Select also offers customers access to its asset management system, allowing quick and hassle-free access to calibration certificates.

The information includes details of the measurement results and procedures used for the calibration, ensuring that aerospace customers can meet the industry’s strict documentation and traceability requirements.

For more information on torque calibration services for the aerospace industry, click here to get in touch.

In our final article we are looking at the third problem facing businesses when managing metrology calibrations.

If you’ve missed the first two articles in the series, click the links to find out more about the two other common reasons affecting businesses; the lack of company-wide understanding on the importance of calibrations and the lack of best practice information on how to manage calibrations.

Or, download our guide, ‘Why are metrology calibrations so misunderstood?’, where we cover the three common reasons affecting every business, in greater detail.

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