Category: Measurement Risk

Specifying a Tolerance, the Difference Between Percentage of Indicated Value vs % of Full-Scale Output

In looking at various equipment, it seems the force equipment in the test and measurement industry specifically has mainly specified tolerances as a percent of full scale. Several crane scales, tension links, hand-held force gauges follow this trend when determining accuracy or tolerance. There are a few manufacturers who use % Indicated Value (IV). My […]

Why a 4:1 TUR is not enough: The importance of analyzing the probability of false accept risk

Figure 1 Graph Showing Method 5 Acceptance Limits Several organizations and publications reference or insist on maintaining a 4:1 Test Uncertainty Ratio (TUR) without understanding the level of risk that they may be subjecting themselves to. The general thought is as long as the lab performing the calibrations has standards at least four times better […]

What happens when you overshoot a test point?

Various calibration laboratories are using hydraulic, screw, and other force calibration machines where it is difficult not to overshoot a test point.  By talking about overshooting a test point we are referring to loading past the desired point and then letting the creep in the hydraulic system naturally decrease the force point.  Overshooting the force point […]

The Top 5 costly calibration mistakes for force measurements

Most calibration laboratories will say a device is "In Tolerance" without considering the uncertainty of their measurement process. This equates to you not using a calibration laboratory that has standards to meet your needs and accounts for measurement risk properly. Most ISO/IEC 17025 accredited calibration labs that use secondary standards have Calibration and Measurement Capability […]

How do you know if your device is “In-Tolerance”? Why the location of the measurement is more important than you may realize.

Calling an instrument “In Tolerance” is about location, location, location. It’s also about the uncertainty of the measurement, but a bad location is going to raise the Probability of False Accept (PFA) significantly. The probability of false accept is the likelihood of a lab calling a measurement “In Tolerance” when it is not. The location we […]

Making a statement of compliance: The three main reasons calibration laboratories fail to get things right

Metrological Traceability, Measurement Uncertainty, and Measurement Risk About a year after turning 40, I bought a pair of reading glasses.  After another year, I started noticing a decrease in my overall vision and figured I needed to visit an eye doctor. I went to an ophthalmologist to have my eyes tested, and the doctor said […]

3 Rules to Reduce Your Measurement Risk

Bad Measurements Happen! Technicians are Fallible! The Wrong Equipment is Used! Almost everyone has had problems related to bad measurement practices—some of which have resulted in serious devastation.  There was the BP oil refinery explosion in Texas, the Hubble telescope with improper focus, the Space Shuttle explosion, a Stealth Bomber crash, Cox Health’s overdosing of […]

Confidence in Your Results Starts with Morehouse Accurate Load Cell Calibration Service

The Morehouse Difference We guarantee an exceptional customer experience, and will not compromise when it comes to providing you with the best possible calibration service. Discover the benefits of using a results-oriented calibration provider by calling Morehouse today. How We Achieve Results: Initial inspection of all instrument components to ensure reliable performance Exercising best calibration practices, […]

The 3 Key Changes to ISO 9001 Compliance and What this Means for Force and Torque Instrumentation

1. Documented Procedures are No Longer Required. - Documented procedures are helpful in regards to how to calibrate equipment and they may be useful to you. However, you are no longer required to keep a physical manual on site. There is going to be a lot more risk when equipment is not used properly or […]

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