Most customers who have a variety of gage types strike a balance in their calibration program by keeping some of the services in-house, contracting some to an independent service and sending the rest to the gage manufacturer. The division is determined to a certain extent by cost, but more importantly by the level of instrument accuracy required and the need for specialized calibration.
Let's review several more popular options available for calibration services:
1. Set up your own in-house calibration laboratory.
Establishing an in-house calibration service represents an investment in facilities, equipment and trained personnel but grants you TOTAL control over all of your calibration process as well as saves you time and money over the long term. The Gagemaker In-House MIC TRAC 4000 Series Precision Gage Calibration System enables you to inspect parts, calibrate and track a wide variety of gage styles, including ring and plugs. This innovative high precision metrology system with 1.00" travel guarantees extremely high accuracies to ±.00002 and a resolution of .00001" (traceable to the NIST). This system also enables you to track and maintain gage history as well as produce calibration certificates.
2. Calibrate certain hand held gages and preset gages in-house.
Employing a versatile bench mounted length measuring system allows you to measure parts, calibrate hand held gages, and preset indicator style gages. The Gagemaker Shop Floor MIC TRAC 3000 Series Gage Setting and Part Measurement System sets or zeros most gages with the standard resolution of .00005", accuracies ranging from ±.0001" to ±.0004" (traceable to the NIST) and the digital read out is CE approved. The cost effective Force-Lok feature improves repeatability from operator to operator and is well suited for a variety of environments including the shop floor.
3. Return gages to the original manufacturer for calibration.
Beware of unauthorized repair services as they can alter your gage reliability. Returning gages to Gagemaker for calibration services ensures the gage is brought back to manufacturer standards. The level of instrument accuracy required, repairs needed, as well as the need for specialized calibration equipment are the most common factors for choosing this option. Gagemaker Professional Calibration and Repair Services inspect, calibrate, repair, track, and certify gages as well as your in-house dimensional calibration equipment.
4. Send gages to commercial calibration services.
Using independent calibration services is another common route, but can be costly, depending upon the number and types of gages that must be calibrated, and the turnaround time can be in the 3 to 6 week range. When weighing your calibration options, you may find that implementing your own calibration system may eliminate the need to outsource many common gages - requiring you will only need to send out more specialized gages. Many independent accredited calibration services are available so picking the right one depends upon your particular calibration needs.
By evaluating what equipment you have and what needs to be set, calibrated or measured, Gagemaker can help you build your customized company calibration mix...and still work within your budget. Contact Gagemaker today to discuss your Calibration Program!
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