What is Electrical Calibration?

Electricity has been called the greatest invention of all time. In fact, it should not be considered an invention as it existed before we found out how to generate it for our own use. The invention is, therefore, the efficient generation of electricity. Less of the history lesson, however, as we’re here to talk about electrical calibration.

Now, if that sounds daunting, don’t let it; it’s not a complex subject, but it does cover a lot of ground. There is no doubt, however, that it is an important subject, and one that needs careful attention especially in commerce and industry.

Think of it like this: all electrical devices are designed to use certain amounts of electricity to operate correctly. They work to a set voltage, use a set amount of power, and consume a certain level of money as a result.

This applies to your major industrial machinery as much as it does to the kettle in your kitchen. So, what if your appliance is faulty, and is using more power than it should? This can happen, and it costs money.

This is where electrical calibration comes into the picture, and it can play a very large part in making sure your workplace – or even your home – is consuming electricity at an efficient rate.

What is Involved?

Electrical calibration involves using a meter to check the levels of various aspects of power and energy usage. For most simple appliances, this meter is readily available and is often called a multimeter. This can cover all aspects of checking that your equipment is operating correctly.

What do you need to measure when performing electrical calibration? There are various areas you need to measure, so have a look at the list below:

Your digital multimeter will generally be able to measure the following:

  • Voltage
  • Current
  • Resistance

These are the three main parameters involved in calibration. You may also find that your meter can also measure:

  • Frequency
  • Capacitance

These are lesser used and not necessarily needed. You can also find more sophisticated and accurate measuring tools that are known as standards, and these are used by experts who need to measure to a degree of accuracy that is not necessary in the household or the average workplace.

So, what are you looking for when you carry out electrical calibration?

Why You Need to Calibrate

All equipment, electrical or otherwise, will drift from the point it started at in time. This is due to wear and tear, and other influences, that occur over time. You cannot expect your car, for example, to be as fuel efficient at ten years old as it was when it left the factory; the same is true of electrical appliances at home and in the workplace.

Thus, in a factory for example, you may have a number of machines or other equipment, each of which is gradually drifting away from its accurate and correct energy usage, and rectifying this – by way of regular calibration – is a great way of ensuring your energy usage is not only as efficient as can be, but your output and performance remains at the optimum level.

If you are not confident that you can carry out your calibration process in-house, there are many experts offering their services in what is an important field – we recommend Powerpoint Engineering. These people will use the latest and most accurate equipment – that which is relevant to the appliance or device concerned – and will be able to provide you with accurate results and correct calibration. Get in touch now and see how you can make sure you are saving money and energy at the same time.