By Robert Jennings, Endress+Hauser
One reality cutting across the entire range of processing plants and industries is the need for timely and proper instrument calibration. Operations require this for efficient and safe operation; additionally, many industries must abide by regulations and standards. However, keeping current on calibrations can be a tall order for many sites.
Maintenance staff are already familiar with many other aspects of industrial automation, but to operate in a metrology role they must also have specific training and specialized equipment to perform and document calibrations. Depending on the facility, the instruments may consist of a variety of makes, models, sizes, and technologies—making it difficult for personnel to address every situation.
For these and other reasons, many end users are exploring options for assistance. Instrument vendors with the right technical experience, established laboratories, and local, nationwide, or even worldwide reach can make the difference for this crucial task.