Traceability

Measuring instruments for pressure and temperature are used in almost all areas of industrial manufacturing. As a result of continuous mechanical, chemical and thermal loading, these instruments age and can therefore not guarantee the correctness of the measured values over the course of time. Through timely calibration, however, the alteration of the measured value can be determined.
Along the way of calibration, the displayed value of the measuring instrument is weighed against the measuring consequence of a different measuring device which is known to function correctly and accurately and which itself has been made to coincide directly or indirectly with a national (or international) reference instrument. In a nutshell, in order to compare measuring results, they must be ?traceable? to a national or international standard via a chain of comparative measurements. The calibration hierarchy shown in the picture (utilizing the exemplory case of Germany) depicts the traceability of an inspection equipment in an organization up to a national standard at the PTB (German national metrology institute).
So as to ensure traceability used, the following points must be observed, among others:
The chain of comparison should not be interrupted.
The measurement uncertainty should be known in each stage of the calibration chain so the total measurement uncertainty could be calculated. Generally, a superordinate measuring instrument should have a measurement accuracy three to four times higher.
Each part of the calibration chain must be documented, including the measurement results.
All bodies following a stage in the chain must prove their competence through accreditation.
Calibrations must be repeated at appropriate intervals. Ordeal be determined by the demanded measurement accuracy and the technical requirements
Note
The WIKA calibration laboratory is accredited by the German Accreditation Body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle ? DAkkS) in accordance with DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025 for the measurands temperature, pressure, DC current, DC voltage and DC resistance. More info on our calibration laboratory or an on-site calibration with the WIKA calibration van can be found on the WIKA website. When you are interested in our services, please feel free to contact us via e-mail.
Find out more about the differences between factory calibration and traceable calibration in the following video:

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