In a recent article on the Flow Control Magazine LinkedIn page, industry experts weighed in on important topics such as how frequently flow meter calibration should be carried out, common mistakes, the future of flow meter calibration, government mandates, and much more. One of the topics the experts weighed in on is the importance of flow meter calibration. For many companies who are not required by law to calibrate their equipment regularly, it can sometimes seem like a waste of money, a hassle, etc. The experts shed some light on the true importance of regularly calibrating flow meters whether or not you’re required to do so. Here’s what they had to say:
Why bother with regular flow meter calibration?
“Calibration is like insurance; you pay premiums year-after-year and never make a claim. It is tempting to wonder why you are paying out. Then your car is in an accident, or your roof is damaged in a hail storm, and you are reminded why you paid those premiums.”-Thomas Kegel, senior staff engineer Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc.
“Meter calibration is largely a risk mitigation activity. The larger the potential risk (typically financial), the more benefit there is to calibrating a meter.”– Terry Grimley, manager of Metering Research Facility at Southwest Research Institute
“Calibration provides certainty of the measurement. While some meters perform very well uncalibrated, there will be no certainty of the installation unless there is calibration compared to a traceable reference.” – Thomas Ballard, global product manager for GE Measurement and Control’s Custody Transfer Flow Meter business
“The obvious problem (with not calibrating flowmeters) is the degradation in performance of the flowmeter. Accuracy is critical in many processes. The clearest example is in a flowmeter used for billing (custody transfer). An inaccurate flowmeter is going to cost either the supplier or the customer money depending on whom the error falls in favor of.– Scott Rouse, vice president of Product Management at Sierra Instruments
As the above statements make clear, flow meter calibration is critical to ensure measurements are consistent, accurate, and repeatable, but you won’t get those results from just any calibration lab. It is important to choose a service provider who is capable of delivering the necessary documentation, traceability, and high quality calibrations you need. Learn more about selecting a flow meter calibration service provider here.
about e2b calibration:
Located in Northeast Ohio, e2b calibration is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration and repair laboratory providing a full scope of services (traceable to NIST) for popular calibration, test, and measurement instruments. Services are provided in our climate-controlled, state-of-the-art laboratory with on-site services, and local pick-up and delivery available on request. A web-based document and asset management portal provide customers with instant access to certificates of calibration, asset information, and cal due reports.