Replacing Outdated Calibration Equipment in Peaking Power Plants

A local peaking power plant with four combustion turbines was looking to replace some older pressure calibrators for their instrumentation and control technicians. These instruments would calibrate gauges, sensors, and transmitters for parameters such as steam pressure, differential pressures for level and flow, fuel pressures and more. The team was looking to replace basic pressure calibrators. The AMETEK Solution The AMETEK HPC40 Series with a 30 psi low-pressure sensor and a 3000psi high-pressure sensor was determined to be a good fit for the applications that they had described. The dual range calibrator allowed…Read more

Cameron Instruments Inc., Laboratory Expansion

Cameron Instruments Inc. operates a state-of-the-art ISO 17025 accredited pressure calibration facility.  Their laboratory provides high accuracy pressure and temperature calibrations, using Fluke Piston Gauges and AMETEK JOFRA dry block and liquid bath temperature calibrators.  Their current scope for pressure provides coverage from 5kPa (0.7 psia) to 200 MPa (30,000 psia) in either gauge or absolute mode.  Their temperature capabilities cover an effective temperature range from   -100°C to +660°C.  Over the past year, Cameron Instruments has invested in their laboratory by adding three key pieces of equipment.  The purpose of these additions was…Read more

New Connection Wizard in the AMETEK ASC-400 Multifunction Process Calibrator

Process signals are crucial, from controlling valves, switches, or lights to measuring pressure in a pipe to calibrating temperature in a bakery oven. Ensuring that these process signals remain accurate is essential. Users have multiple choices on the calibration equipment they use. One of the most important factors to consider is ease-of-use. Since multiple process signals may be used, including; volts, millivolts, amps or milliamps, and each of these may have large range differences, most users turn to a multi-function calibrator to satisfy all situations. However, as the options increase, the instruments complexity…Read more

Aircraft Pressure Transducer Calibration: How to increase accuracy and significantly cut labour time with automation

In aerospace applications, pressure transducers and switches play critical roles in monitoring many systems through out the aircraft - from hydraulics and electromechanical systems to avionics. Breaking, propulsion, wing flap control, cabin pressure and countless other functions rely on pressure transducers and switches to ensure that the process is happening correctly. Accuracy is critical. Because these devices are constantly subjected to extreme vibration, frequent ambient temperature changes, and shock, regular calibration is essential to ensure accurate performance. Traditionally, many FAA-approved repair centers perform aircraft calibration with a hydraulic test media, manual screw press…Read more

Controlling Temperature in the Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines

Using the RTC-159 to calibrate the sensors used during storage and transport of COVID-19 Vaccines Pharmaceutical companies all over the world are diligently working overtime to produce an accepted COVID-19 vaccine. While this work continues, other companies are already planning how to distribute a potential vaccine. Perhaps the most significant challenge exists in temperature control as some COVID019 vaccine candidates will require ultra-low temperatures (ULT), typically ranging from -86°C to -45°C. For COVID-19 vaccines requiring ULTs, maintaining these freezing temperatures throughout the process, from manufacturing to delivery to patients, is necessary. Failure at…Read more

New High Range Ozone Sensor for Ozone Sterilization Applications

Published on September 7, 2020 Written By: St John Vuetilovoni, Product Manager HH/AQY at Aeroqual Ltd. WHAT APPLICATIONS IS THE HIGH-RANGE OZONE SENSOR FOR? Ozone sterilization is commonly used in hospitals to sanitize equipment and significantly reduce or eliminate the spread of bacteria. In addition, ozone sterilization applications are emerging where time is a constraint and therefore a higher dosage of ozone may be required to reduce the sterilization time while still achieving efficacy. An example of sterilization of public transport where vehicles such as buses and trains use ozone treatment to achieve…Read more

MAKO Digital Backflow Preventer Test Kit by Arbiter

MAKO M3K - Backflow Preventer Test Kit The Mako allows you to easily collect data in the field using the unique Capture Value function. Your readins will be stored during a test which means no more forgotten readings due to interruptions or dealing with wet paper. The large backlit display allows you to read measurements with ease in a variety of lighting conditions. The Mako features an Ergonomic design and swivel hook which allows for easy hanging of the gauge when necessary, plus soft rubber grips make it comfortable and easy to hold.…Read more

Lab Calibration Equipment: Tips for Service without the Headaches

How can you have the best experience when arranging for repair or calibration services for lab calibration equipment and other instruments? We asked our lab experts Andreas Stachyra and Erik Nielsen from the Cameron Instruments Service Laboratory. How to Initiate a Service Request for Calibration Equipment To get started with a service request, use our online RMA Form to generate an RMA number. Completing the RMA form will generate an RMA number used to track your item(s) through the system from start to finish. Referencing this number we can let you know exactly…Read more

Test Gauge Accuracy Explained!

XP2i Digital Test Gauge The true accuracy of a pressure gauge under operating conditions can be difficult to determine, in part because manufacturers’ specifications are often very confusing.  One of the major differences between brand names is whether they offer “% of reading” vs. % of full scale (F.S.)” accuracy.  Specifications with % of F.S. are a legacy from mechanical gauges, whose resolution was how closely manufacturers could print the graduations on their dials. Today, digital pressure gauges that can display readings with sufficient resolution across their entire range use % of reading…Read more

You Could Benefit from Pressure Calibration Automation Software More than you Know – Here are the Four Key Ways to Decide if it’s Right for your Lab

Anyone performing pressure calibrations can benefit from automation. Whether you are using an automated pressure controller such as the 8270A or PPC4, or a fully manual deadweight tester, there is a lot you can gain, from time savings and increased process consistency, to adding value to your data and certification deliverables. In these times, when calibration technicians may be stretched thin, calibration lab managers should especially consider the value of automation to supplement the capabilities of their staff, while reducing errors and getting better data from tests. Want to know more about the…Read more