A Brief History of World Standards Day
Observed globally on October 14, World Standards Day honors the creation and acknowledgement of standards and standards development organizations. The goal is raise awareness for the importance of standardization.
On this day in 1946, delegates from 25 nations gathered to create a global organization focused on creating and managing standards on a global scale.
Importance of Aviation Standards
The aviation industry is global. Regulators, suppliers, and technicians are all connected throughout a vast network. Imagine how difficult it would be for all of these people to work together if aviation standards didn’t exist.
ASA – 100 is a perfect example of the need for aviation standards. ASA – 100 focuses on competence, impartiality, and reliability. The standard enables distributors the structure to pursue accreditation. Many of the items contained in the standard refer to creating and maintaining standard, documented procedures. These procedures ensure that aircraft parts are protected from damage.
Standards, such as ASA – 100, give the industry a documented framework to ensure quality and safety. Without a documented standard, this would be impossible to maintain. World-wide, all suppliers must meet the exact same standard to obtain accreditation.
World Standards Day recognizes the people and organizations that have worked to make these standards possible.
For more information on World Standards Day, visit ISO.org
The age old question: How often should I calibrate a torque wrench? Making sure a torque wrench is calibrated at the right time is important, without proper calibration the safety of workers is put at risk and the integrity of the equipment you are working on can be compromised. Combine these two issues and you have some costly problems, either due to unhappy customers or broken equipment. At the same time, you don’t want to calibrate too frequently simply for the wasted time the tool will be out and the amount it costs to calibrate. So, what’s the answer to “how often should I calibrate a torque wrench?”
Whenever you’re working on an aircraft, you usually have a lot of tools and assets that you need to keep track of. Not only could it be a huge cost if someone walks off with one of your tools or if you lose one, but it could be disastrous if something got left behind in the aircraft. However, no one is perfect and often time tools do go missing. All those tools need to be calibrated, as well, and keeping track of calibration time for each and every one can end up being a full time job in itself. Manual practices for aviation asset management simply aren’t efficient and are asking for trouble.
Mechanical Force Gauge Model X-C
A force gauge’s job is to measure the force of push or pull exerted between two load points. The difference between a digital force gauge and a mechanical force gauge is all about preference. The one main and noticeable difference is something that is pretty obvious in the names. One is your old school version with a static face and needles indicating what has been measured on the mechanical force gauge, whereas your digital force gauge gives an easy-to-read digital number and face. Below is a further breakdown of each instrument.
CHARDON, OH–(August 17, 2016) – e2b calibration (www.calibration.aero), an ISO/IEC 17025 calibration and repair laboratory for test equipment announced that it is now a recognized North American Authorized Service Center for Tronair’s aircraft ground support equipment (GSE). e2b calibration technicians provide maintenance, testing and repair services for Tronair products.
For the safety of the worker and the people around them, choosing the right dynamometer is crucial. There is no room for a sub-par dynamometer that may or may not fail to do its job correctly. The dynamometer you choose needs to hold up in all circumstances. So, how do you know it will withstand all of the circumstances you will put it through? Below we’ve created a checklist of specifications that you cannot do without to help make the search easier.
What is a Load Cell?
A load cell comes in a few different shapes and sizes to fulfill different purposes. All in all, however, a load cell is a sensor which gives a signal output in response to load applied to it in tension or compression. The most common type of load cell technology, the strain gauge load cell, varies the voltage output in relation to the changing force. A load cells output is typically indecipherable without the use of a load cell indicator. A load cell indicator connects to the load cell and converts the signal into something that is understandable for the operator.
Most people don’t realize how often we come in contact with heavy cable wires. They are a part of the phones we use every day, they help us get to work on our daily commutes on the metro systems or commuting via aircraft, they are used in the elevators that take us up to our office and they are a part of our entertainment on ski trips and zip lines. Since these cables are entrenched in our everyday life, it is crucial that they remain safe and are tested regularly using a cable tension meter.
Happy World Metrology Day!
What is World Metrology Day?
Today celebrates the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875, which set the framework of our current system for measurement. Prior to the convention, countries had difficulty trading because everyone was using a different system of measurement.
If you’re on the hunt for a calibration lab to outsource the calibration of various instruments, you may have seen a lot of talk come up about accreditation. Specifically, ISO 17025. Especially if you are in a highly regulated industry such as medical equipment manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, or aviation and aerospace, this accreditation should be very important to you. If you’re still scratching your head, however, over what it all means and why you should care, we’re going to highlight the importance of an ISO 17025 calibration lab.
You rest a lot of money on top of your jack. Millions of dollars. Unfortunately, you can’t tell that your jack is going to fail on you just by looking at it. If you’re working on your plane and the jack leaks, how will you get your place safely back on to the ground? Jack failure is a tight situation that you never want to be in.
(CHARDON, OH) March 22, 2016 – e2b calibration (www.e2bcal.com), an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration and repair laboratory providing a full scope of NIST traceable calibration test and measurement services, has launched a new website,www.calibration.aero, to better assist aviation and aerospace customers. The new website makes industry-specific information more accessible to the majority of e2b calibration’s customers engaged in aviation and aerospace industry.
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the various costs and factors that must be considered when thinking about on-site vs. off-site aircraft jack proof load testing. So what is the final verdict? There is no right or wrong answer, so it’s up to you to decide. To help you along, we have taken all of the topics we covered on the blog and put them into a single chart that provides a general comparison of the typical costs associated with both off-site and on-site aircraft jack proof load testing.
We’ve talked about a number of costs that factor into the overall process of aircraft jack proof load testing such as shipping, down time, etc. But how much does the testing service itself actually cost? That depends on whether you’re working with the original jack manufacturer or a third party service provider. Continue reading
Whether you’re talking about an axle jack or a tripod jack, hydualic aircraft jack proof load testing leaves you without an important part of your aircraft maintenance tool kit until service has been completed. How long will you be down a jack? That depends on whether you’re shipping the jack out for testing or having on-site proof load testing provided.
Shipping your jacks and having them tested and repaired can leave your facility without one of your most vital maintenance tools for months. Consider this: