Temperature fluctuations that my result in calibration drift can often be a serious problem for workflow and manufacturing processes, especially those that require greater accuracy and superior consistency. Failing to maintain the right temperature, humidity levels or other environmental settings during production can result in faulty products, chronic quality control issues and dissatisfaction among end-line consumers. The following four steps can go a long way towards minimizing the potential problems that environmental factors may create.
1. Ensure Equipment Is Kept up to Date
Replacing sensors, upgrading calibration equipment to ensure greater accuracy or even investing in newer-model production equipment can all be essential for ensuring quality and consistency standards over time. While routine service efforts and periodic equipment upgrades may entail additional overhead costs, reducing instances of production errors and minimizing the risk that a problem may develop can often be far more cost effective than dealing with an issue after the fact. Keeping all equipment up to date is one of the most effective ways to combat drift.
2. Maintain Environmental Controls and Settings
Maintaining stricter control over the workplace environment helps to ensure that excessive temperature variations or unacceptable humidity levels are less likely to occur. From room and area-specific temperature controls to eliminating environmental concerns in a more focuses areas or even within internal or enclosed productions environments, reducing heat-loss or exposure to external sources can also be an important concern. Even equipment that has been properly calibrated and recently serviced may be unable to deal with environmental factors once they reach a certain level.
3. Service and Maintenance of Equipment
Small mechanical problems can often be responsible for substantial levels of calibration drift. Following both the operational and maintenance requirements recommended by the equipment manufacturer and ensuring that routine service is made a top priority may reduce or outright eliminate many issues and concerns. Even the most well-made industrial equipment and production resources may began to wear out over time or due to heavy use. Owners who spend the additional time and effort needed to ensure adequate maintenance may be spared the additional costs that may be required in order to correct mechanical problems or quality control issues.
4. Re-calibrating at Set Intervals
Determining the appropriate calibration service interval for a machine or production process is never a matter that should be left to chance. Waiting too long between calibrations may result in sensors and other measurement equipment drifting even further out of alignment. Creating and maintaining a schedule that ensures re-calibration of all production equipment is handled as effectively as possible is often essential for businesses that are seeking to address and resolve any underlying issues that may be negatively impacting their workflow or end-line products.