Traceable Calibration

NIST Traceable Calibration

Seeing as you’ve managed to reach us here at HCT Calibration, chances are that you’re looking for calibration services and have a vague idea of what we do in regards to calibration. But it’s important that you fully understand our ethos and services, so that you can rest safe in the knowledge that we are the right company to collaborate with when it comes to traceable calibration for your business - whether it may be large or small.

We draw on over 35 years of experience in calibration and repair to offer you the best NIST traceable calibration out there. Put simply, nist traceable calibration is an assurance program. Its purpose is to guarantee that manufacturers and service providers are competent, fully equipped, and have the right expertise to calibrate equipment to expected standards. As the VIM (or The International Vocabulary of Basic and General Terms in Metrology) puts it: traceability is the “property of the result of a measurement or the value of a standard whereby it can be related to stated references, usually national or international standards, through an unbroken chain of comparisons all having stated uncertainties”. When you work with us, you can rest assured that our calibration services meet official nist traceable calibration standards.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

As you can see, we’ve used the phrase “NIST” a few times already. If you haven’t heard of NIST before, now may be the best time to familiarise yourself with them. NIST stands for “National Institute of Standards and Technology”. They are a non-regulatory federal agency working within the US Commerce Department (in the realm of technology administration to be specific). Founded in 1901, their purpose is to set standards for calibration, promote the necessity of thorough and effective calibration, and to develop new measurements and technologies to improve measurement and enhance productivity in regards to calibration. As you can imagine, this ultimately achieves their goals of “advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life”.

Their Core Values Are:


Their Core Competencies Include:

Measurement science blue
Measurement science
Rigorous traceability
Development and use of standards

So, bearing all of this in mind, you can probably see that it’s absolutely essential that any calibration you carry out complies with calibration standards traceable to nist. To achieve this, you need to reach out to a traceable calibration control company. Good news! You’re engaging with one right now! Our professionals at HCT Calibration can offer the best quality and most reliable measurement traceability and calibration services to suit all of your requirements.

When it comes down to it, NIST may well set the standard but they are also only responsible for the traceability of their own reference standards and the instruments that they directly measure. As a small business owner, you are responsible for ensuring traceability of the calibration your brand uses. When you use one of our labs, we will take on full responsibility for the traceability of calibration work that we carry out on your behalf. Talk about taking a major weight off your shoulders! You can rest assured that work we carry out conforms to nist calibration traceability standards and you will be provided with a certificate of calibration traceable to nist to prove this.

We Will Ensure That All Measurements Are Traceable By:

Providing a list of any significant uncertainty contributors for all measurements.

Providing a list of equipment (including serial numbers) used in measurements that significantly contributes to uncertainty.

Providing a reference to the traceability of each piece of equipment (including calibration scope, calibration source, calibration date, and calibration ID).

Providing evidence of the credibility of each calibration source. This could include accreditation.

You can expect an unbroken chain of comparisons, an accurate calculation of the uncertainty of measurement in each step of the traceability chain, documentation, reference to SI units, and calibration intervals. All carried out by a lab with demonstrable levels of competence. Knowing that you are ticking all of the boxes set out should put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on other areas of work that you need to carry out.

In short, we provide you with traceable calibration by recognising that the importance of traceability falls down to much more than the acquisition of a simple calibration sticker. We provide an uncertainty budget for the measurement process of any calibration carried out and also ensure that you receive traceable calibration of all of the instruments and environmental attributes that can a significant influence on uncertainty. You can expect a fully optimised measurement process!

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