4 Risks of Not Calibrating Your Measurement Devices

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Digital monitoring devices such as remote temperature monitoring sensors or Bluetooth thermometers help businesses increase efficiency and enhance data accuracy significantly. However, irregular calibration of these measurement devices poses several risks.

The importance of regular instrument calibration

When it comes to measuring quality metrics to ensure product safety and smooth production, accurate and reliable measuring is essential. Food and pharmaceutical businesses commonly use digital measurement devices like remote sensors or infra-red thermometers to monitor quality metrics precisely.

But over time, digital measurement instruments become unstable and tend to measure parameters, such as temperature or humidity, less precisely and effectively. Regular calibration aims to check the reliability of these monitoring devices to be confident that the recorded data is correct and within the acceptable limits.

During calibration, the recorded data of the tested device is compared with a reference instrument. Potential measurement errors are detected, and the device can be adjusted if the measured data is outside the permissible limits. If needed, the device is reconfigured to reset the measuring deviations back to industry standards or defined specifications. Regular calibration, therefore, is important in terms of quality assurance and to ensure ongoing regulatory compliance.

The 4 risks of not calibrating measurement equipment on time

Regular calibration of measurement devices is essential to avoid undetected measuring errors that pose significant business risks. These risks can range from decreased productivity and higher costs through lower product quality to compromised product safety and even damage to the brand.

1) Lower product quality

Inaccurate measurement of quality metrics such as temperature or humidity might affect your production processes and might eventually compromise your products’ quality undetected. As a result, you might sell products of lower quality.

2) Compromised food safety and recalls

The lack of precise monitoring might also affect the health of your customers if the refrigeration unit of food or pharmaceutical products does not operate at an adequate temperature, for example. If the safety standards and regulations are not met, the business eventually needs to recall the product.

3) Dissatisfied customers and brand damage

Lower product quality or food safety might lead to dissatisfied customers and significant brand damage, eventually resulting in loss of market share and profits.

4) Increased wastage and inventory losses

Incorrect recordings by irregularly calibrated monitoring devices might result in expensive wastage and inventory losses if products are spoilt due to inadequate storage or processing.

Given the high costs that might arise from quality and safety issues caused by uncalibrated measuring devices, businesses are advised to implement regular calibration service plans for all their monitoring devices to mitigate these risks.

iMonitor offers a calibration service for all their monitoring devices. Please contact us under [email protected] or +64 (9) 274 7014 if you wish to calibrate your instruments.

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