Laboratory Equipment Calibration

Guarantee the accuracy of your data

The equipment is the most valuable asset in a laboratory.

Therefore, keep the equipment in good condition is essential to maintain laboratory quality and results. Understanding calibration, how it works, and why it is so important will help you run a lab with more precision and accuracy.

What is calibration?

Calibration is the act of checking and adjusting the precision and accuracy of an instrument. Deviations are compared with another device or with a measurement standard. These possible deviations are documented and readjusted if necessary.

Important reasons

Laboratory equipment calibration is essential with an implemented quality system and must be performed according to a previously defined standard operating procedure.

Avoid deviations – It is well known that all meters begin to deviate over time. Although the latest generation devices are better, they also tend to drift after a while.

SafetyHazardous materials are processed in many laboratories. Having inaccurate data can put staff at risk. Calibration provides accuracy while keeping everyone safe.

CertificationPeriodic calibration complies with various regulations and quality standards of a company. Although the company does not have a quality system, its customers usually do.


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How often should laboratory equipment be calibrated?

Calibration requirements vary according to equipment type, application and usage. However, there is a number of variables that must be taken into account when determining the calibration interval for measuring instruments.

The main one is to be sure that any laboratory instrument calibration is done before any critical process. Second one is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Workload or operating conditions of an instrument also affect the frequency of recalibration.

Which equipments should be calibrated?

All equipment that performs a measurement function must be calibrated to maintain accuracy, extend equipment life, improve safety, and maintain compliance and certification.

  • Balances
  • Centrifuges
  • Incubators
  • Cold storage units
  • Micrometers
  • Calibrators
  • Torque wrenches
  • Clampmeters
  • Insulation testers
  • Electrical data loggers
  • Barometers
  • Test calibrators
  • Thermometers  
  • Thermal cameras
  • And more …