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March 26, 2015 205 Views

Frequent use can cause measurement instruments to stray from critical accuracy standards. Regular calibration ensures that your device performance stays consistent, and can be trusted for survey and test results and the decisions you make from them.

As part of our standard practice, RAECO Rents technicians bench-test instruments before they ship to you.

Still, best practices suggest that you run a field calibration before and after each use, to validate your test data and ensure the instrument performed as expected. If your regulatory compliance reporting relies on detector data, it's critical that you be able to prove their proper operation and calibration.

These calibration tools are available from RAECO Rents, for use with your long-term rental instruments:

  • Personal Sampling PumpPersonal sampling pumps should be calibrated before and after each use (Pre-cal and Post-cal). Flow calibrators are used to adjust and measure the flow rate of air sampling instruments and the attached tubing and test media, and verify that the results stay within a percentage of the programmed or expected flow rate.
  • Bump TestA bump test, or functional test, involves exposing a detector to a gas concentration that exceeds the units alarm setpoints, testing the sensors ability to respond. In this test, you're verifying that the gas path is not blocked, and that audible and visual alarms are activated, confirming that the sensor responds appropriately to the gas presented. The bump test procedure is simple, usually taking less than a minute to perform, and is recommended before each day's use.
  • Sound CalibatorA sound calibrator emits an accurate and stable tone at a single frequency and level, so you can check the meter's performance against a known standard. Many regulations state that you should run this calibration prior to making any measurements for compliance reporting projects.