Do you need to calibrate tools?

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A poor workman blames his tools, or so the saying goes. Obviously this means that the best workmen simply keep their tools in tip top condition – or at least they should – and for many people with mechanical equipment this can mean regular calibration.

What kind of tools need calibrating?

When we say “tool”, it’s important to establish exactly what we’re talking about. Essentially we’re looking at any physical item that you use to achieve something, but specifically, we’re talking about mechanical devices. Things like smart boards in schools and touch screen devices do need calibrating, but these days interactive devices are intelligent enough to tell you when that’s the case…and either way, the chances that you would have to pay a professional to do it are slim, and most of them have wizards that will guide you through a calibration process with relative ease.

We’re looking more at things like tester tools, such as electrical testers, PAT testers, cable testers, insulation, socket and hardness testers…as well as torque based wrenches and screwdrivers (obviously not your standard screwdrivers; there’s not much to calibrate).

How are tools calibrated?

In the process of tools calibration, the mechanical equipment is measured and made to conform to standard, usually set by an external agency or laboratory. Most workmen know how they want their tools to perform, but might not know what the standard setting should be if they are to get the results they’re after – which is why it’s important to know what the standards are if you’re going to try and calibrate a device, and if you’re not sure, it might be worth getting a professional calibration engineer to look at them.

If you don’t know about the standards for your particular tool, click here to find out more about what you can do to make sure your tools stay in the best possible condition that they can be in.

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