Environmental chamber calibration is performed to ensure the overall functionality of equipment is accurate and reliable. Like many other measuring instruments, an environmental chamber is prone to drifting and damage over time which impacts its performance. In order to maintain an environmental chamber’s overall effectiveness, calibration needs to be completed frequently. With regular calibration, an environmental chamber will have minimal performance risks and reduced uncertainties.
WHEN TO CALIBRATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMBER
Environmental chamber calibration intervals should be based off the following factors:
Mostly all environmental chambers will come with a manufacturer recommendation of when to calibrate the instrument. While these recommendations offer a great start for creating the right frequency, it is important to keep other factors in mind.
BEFORE/AFTER A LARGE PROJECT
Ensuring an environmental chamber is performing accurately is extremely important before starting a big project. Keep in mind, equipment that has undergone any major project for an excessive period of time should also be calibrated. This is because frequent and heavy use can cause performance and accuracy drifts.
Sometimes equipment trauma is hard to avoid. One major trauma common with an environmental chamber is internal overloads. These overloads can occur due to a high volume of usage. To ensure that an environmental chamber is performing to the best of its ability after an overload, it is important to re-calibrate the chamber before continued use.
AMOUNT OF USAGE
Ideally, an environmental chamber should be re-calibrated based upon the amount it is used and for how long it has been used for. This amount varies depending upon the equipment owner; therefore, it is important to base environmental chamber calibration schedules around your own personal usage.
When creating a schedule for your environmental chamber calibration, you should take into account all of the factors listed above. Accuracy of an environmental chamber is of extreme importance and effects the overall quality of the equipment. To ensure an environmental chamber is accurate, reliable and above all safe, calibration should be performed frequently. In the end, failure of an environmental chamber due to lack of calibration could cost more than calibrating your equipment regularly.