If your gages haven’t been reading properly through intense usage, they’re probably in need of calibration. Here are some tips to ensure your time in the shop or the field is utilized best.
Why Do Gages Drift?
There’s a variety of common issues with gages that often have simple solutions. Most gages have been:
- Used in inclement weather: weather damage is common with gages. They’ll freeze up or even melt some of the internal functionalities of your gage, which massively impacts accuracy.
- Shock or collision: collisions and any kind of forceful contact to gages will also lead them to read wrong.
- Shifts in usage: whether or not the gage is used in a closed environment or out in the field will also impact its accuracy. You should attempt to keep systems and equipment within a controlled space as consistently as possible. Otherwise, more variables will modify your results, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.
How does calibration drift impact accuracy?
Accuracy on your gages will be heavily diminished if excessive drift is sustained and not amended. Since your machines will not be reading correctly, you can expect that the rest of your equipment will suffer. Heavier pressures, larger weights, all will be treated with less accuracy and cause damage. Catching these issues early on is your best route to avoid long-term damage being sustained in your equipment. To keep an eye out for new calibration being necessary, take a look at:
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