Why Calibrate Different Scales and Dials

Scales and DialsYou may have heard people who mention calibration and that scales and dials need to be calibrated in order for these to be accurate. Why do scales as well as dials need to be calibrated, and do all equipment that have these need to undergo such a procedure? What will happen if you do not calibrate these?

If you have ever used a weighing scale, you will notice that after a few months of use (or even few weeks, depending on the quality of the weighing scale that you have and how it is used), the pointer is no longer at the zero mark. You simply need to look for your scale’s adjuster in order to turn the dial back to the proper position. This same discrepancy in the reading can be found in many similar measuring tools, and not just your standard bathroom scale.

The reason why these need to be calibrated regularly in order for these to give out the reading that it should give out is the same as the reason why you adjusted your inaccurate weighing scale. You want to get the most accurate results possible so that you can do what needs to be done with that information.

For some industries however, it is more than just for finding out what the exact weight of an item is. That is just the first concern. The other concerns that follow with getting the right weight may include the following:

  • Needing the accuracy so that they can charge buyers the right amount for a sale that is dependent on the weight of the item. If the weight displayed is inaccurate, you might end up overcharging your customers or undercharging them. The former will brand you as a cheat, and the latter will bring about huge losses over time.
  • Accurate readings will help businesses that are dependent on accurate weight, accurate temperatures, and accurate densities to create the products they need to make safely. Some products do not turn out the right way when the ingredients added in are not in the right ratio and quantity. The same goes for products that are made with a required heat or density. If the readings on the gauges that measure these are inaccurate, you may not only end up creating sub-standard products, but also unusable ones.
  • Safety is also dependent on the accuracy of such gauges and measuring equipment. Take for example a boiler that has an uncalibrated heat and pressure gauge. If these do not show the right temperature or the right pressure inside, the chances of an explosion and people getting hurt increases. The same can be said of speedometers, gas gauges, depth levels and other similar measuring tools that are designed to help keep people safe.

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