SAIMC discussion on how calibration drives quality

September 1st, 2017, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

At the August 2017 SAIMC Johannesburg branch meeting, Lloyd Townsend, market segment specialist: food and pharmaceuticals at host company Wika Instruments, posed the question of whether calibration is a necessary evil or whether it drives quality.

The purpose and significance of the various elements of calibration, verification and adjustment were discussed; and that typically, adjustment is followed by a further calibration, in order to check and document the final state of the measuring instrument following the intervention.

Lloyd Townsend receiving the presenter’s certificate from Mike Banda, chairman, Johannesburg SAIMC.

Traceability, uncertainty and accuracy as defined in metrology were discussed, as well as the uncertainty of measurement vs. accuracy.  Discussion was lively and informative.

Contact Ina Maartens, SAIMC, Tel 086 107-2462,

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