What is Fluke Calibration?
Fluke Calibration is a brand of instruments, equipment, service and software used to calibrate and safeguard electrical systems or technical measuring instruments. Specifically, these instruments are used to calibrate power and microwave systems, as well as instruments for measuring temperature, humidity, pressure and flow.
It is likely that you have a Fluke device onsite. Among the variety of measurement instruments that the company manufactures are digital multimeters, analog multimeters, oscilloscopes, particle counters, clamp meters, thermocouples, multifunction processors, function generators, power quality analyzers, optical power meters, communication analyzers, and precision loops. The company line also incudes biomedical instruments such as infusion analyzers, defibrillator/pacer analyzers, gas flow analyzers and patient simulators.
One of Fluke Calibration’s most popular devices is the Energy Logger, an instrument with which you can monitor your business’s energy usage, share the results with your team for safety considerations or decision making, check the accuracy of the utility bill, and create reports using a software package.
Fluke has also acquired brands such as Hart Scientific, DH Instruments, Wavetek/Datron, Ruska and Pressurements, and has built a name for quality in instrumentation. “Fluke has achieved the number one or number two position in every market in which it competes,” according to Expert Trades.
How Often Do Fluke Devices Require Calibration?
Each device comes with the manufacturer’s recommendations. In many instances, the devices are also regulated by government guidelines to safeguard the companies that use the instruments. In general, the instruments require a yearly calibration, unless they underwent unusual circumstances such as being subjected extreme heat or high impact, or if the instruments are used daily or on a limited time schedule.
Be Proactive with Scheduling of Calibration
To keep your business’s equipment in the best shape and avoid failure, here are key reasons to stay proactive in your approach to equipment maintenance:
- Predictability: Your maintenance staff will work more efficiently if they know they can prepare for each calibration testing.
- Reliability: Your system will function better and experience fewer overwhelming failures.
- Costs: With a system that runs efficiently, there will be less costs due to untimely breakdowns, which include massive opportunity and productivity loss, as well as repair or parts replacement.
- Safety: Properly functioning systems ensures that employees work in safe environments, saving your company from emergency situations or even costly lawsuits.
- Fewer Repair Costs: Well-maintained equipment are more durable than poorly maintained devices.
- Traceability: Regular inspections affirm that your system is operating accurately.
- Peace of Mind: You and your staff will have confidence in the system due to routine maintenance, firm budgeting expenses and expected productivity levels.
In-house or Dedicated Calibration Firm?
Once you have determined that a proactive approach to calibration makes sense, your next step is to choose whether to have the calibration performed in-house or to hire an outside expert firm to conduct the maintenance. There are some advantages and disadvantageous to both approaches.
In-house Testing Staff
There are many benefits to in-house calibration.
- Once your staff has completed the required training, they will be able to perform regular calibrations on schedule as part of their duties.
- It is easier to schedule calibration during off-peak hours.
- The training your staff will receive will enable them to have more knowledge and confidence in the devices.
- If most of your instruments are similar, then the calibration process can be simplified to focus on that one or two types of devices.
However, there are also some considerations to in-house calibration.
- Training can take time and costs. You can consider enabling staff to select informative videos on the internet to facilitate the training.
- Your company will need to purchase the calibration instruments.
- The wider the variety of instruments that you use in the business, the more time it will require to train about each type of instrument.
- As standards and the devices change, your staff will need to be retrained.
- The time devoted to calibration takes time away from other essential tasks.
- Your staff experience is limited to your company’s circumstances.
Calibration by an Outside Expert Firm
There are some significant benefits to letting the experts carry out this task.
- External agencies have the benefit of more experience in a variety of settings. They will be more insightful when troubleshooting problems.
- There is no training or upgrade training costs. The staff is familiar with the most up-to-date government regulations.
- The external agency will be familiar with more types of devices and may be able to advise you about the latest equipment.
- The calibration can be completed to a certification standard.
- The agency will be able to provide a second opinion that may identify weaknesses about your system overlooked by your staff.
- Equipment repair and replacement can be folded into the calibration process.
- The calibration can take place onsite, or you can ship your equipment to the expert facility.
- The costs are relatively fixed and therefore can be budgeted more easily.
- It may be more complicated to schedule calibration during your downtime.
- A full report will be issued and can be placed as proof of the quality of your system.
Company Values Count
When selecting a company to manage your calibration of Fluke instruments, it is essential to choose a firm that not only completes the service with excellence but also prides itself on promoting the best of business and professional values. Look for a company that is committed to honesty, accountability, respectfulness, safety, and diversity.
Are you looking for a company that can assist you in calibrating your instruments? Contact us for details about our services.