Deciding your Calibration Interval
One of the most common questions we are asked is, “How often should I calibrate my measuring instruments?” The short answer, it depends. Every piece of equipment requires slightly different calibration intervals depending on its process. For many of our customers, calibrations intervals can even vary wildly for the same type of equipment in the same facility.
When you’re in the planning stage, the best place to start is typically the manufacturer’s recommended calibration interval. This recommendation can usually be found in the instruction manual, on the manufacturer’s website, or by contacting the manufacturer directly. You should only use this recommendation as a starting point. As you use a device, you will learn how its particular process impacts calibration. The calibration interval for an instrument can vary widely depending on three major factors use, quality, and tolerance.