Tools and instruments play an important role in business operations around the world. In order to ensure accurate practices, researchers and plant operators use very specific processes and for efficient service delivery, these processes need to be very exact.
As such, the tools and instruments being used must be able to measure, contain, transfer and carry out functions with precision. Most of the equipment have mechanical parts that undergo changes due to a number of factors.
If the instrument is new, has been repaired, or has been exposed to physical damage, shock and vibration, it may undergo some changes that call for its immediate calibration. The calibration service firm that you opt to use is obligated to follow the methodology and strict regulations specified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). You can choose to have your instrument calibration done either on-site or off-site but many companies are turning more and more to firms that offer on-site calibration services.
Below are some key benefits of an on-site calibration service for your tools and instruments.
1. Helps minimize downtime
Having your tools and instruments calibrated on-site saves you the time that would have otherwise been lost waiting for the machine to be delivered to the calibration service and then back to your company after the process is completed. Most firms that offer calibration services can schedule it in 2 to 5 days which is far better than if the instrument were to be shipped off as this alone would be the amount of time it would be in transit.
When you choose to have your instruments calibrated on-site, you can be sure that operations will experience minimal interruptions, and you can quickly go back to production once the service is done.
2. Cost effective
On-site calibration is a sure way to save money. You do not have to incur the costs associated with shipping your tools and instruments which can add up if you have many things that need calibration on occasion. Tools sitting in another location waiting to be calibrated can mean that you or your employees may not be able to perform the duties they were hired by customers to perform. This could lead to delays that hurt the company’s reputation or the inability to do it at all which would result in refunds.
Work that is done on-site is scheduled at your convenience and you can therefore choose for the work to be done during off-peak periods, when you are likely to incur the least losses as a result of the process. Another way in which you will save money is that the firm can deal with multiple pieces of equipment that require calibration. This means that you get a single source for the calibration of all your equipment, paying for only one visit to your worksite and potentially saving up to 40 percent in doing so.
3. Service customized to your needs
Depending on the unique needs of your company, on-site calibration can be tailor-made to respond to your requirements. Most companies that offer calibration services will keep you well-informed on their findings and what they needed to do to improve the performance of your tool or instrument.
Should you require complementary service like equipment repair, it is easier for this to be done on-site as opposed to off-site and most companies are ready and willing to offer repair services in conjunction with calibration if needed especially when you require inspection or re-certification. This often results in savings of time and money and companies often offer discounts for using them for repairs and they will be on-site anyway, allowing you to avoid the need to schedule appointments for them to return.