NAICS: 541380, 811219 | SIC: 8734 | EIN: 23-292 5057 (S-Corp) | Cage Code: 1YT83 | D&B: 04-887-0732 | Size: Small Business | For Profit, Woman-Owned & Minority-Owned Business


Category Archives: Uncategorized

Gage Calibration Drift

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Gage calibration drift is the process by which a gage or other measuring instrument’s readings “drift” into inaccurate territory over a period of time. Gage drift can lead to measurement errors and related problems, including safety concerns. Even when detected, gage drift can be frustrating and time-consuming to deal with in the field.

Avoiding calibration drift plays an essential role in maintaining measurement accuracy. Whether you rely on mechanical gages, electrical gages or other kinds of measuring equipment, you need to be on the lookout for this common problem.

What Causes Calibration Drift?

Though specific causes may vary depending on the type of gage you’re using, some of the most common causes of gage drift include:

  • Misuse, mishandling and neglect
  • Environmental changes, such as in temperature or humidity
  • Exposure to harsh conditions, such as corrosive substances or extreme temperatures
  • Sudden mechanical or electrical shock or vibration
  • Frequent use and natural calibration degradation over time

Some of these causes can be avoided by handling gages properly and shielding them from damaging conditions. However, because calibration drift can occur naturally over time, particularly as the instrument is used repeatedly, it’s difficult to entirely prevent loss of accuracy.

Why Does Calibration Drift Matter?

Unaddressed calibration drift can lead to measurement errors. However, in addition to skewing readings and increasing risk, calibration drift can also harm the longevity of your equipment. This fact is especially true when the drift is caused by something other than natural degradation, as some of the causes of gage drift, like exposure to harsh conditions, can also damage equipment over an extended period.

With valuable and frequently used equipment, restoring calibration accuracy is essential to preserving your investment and ensuring you’ll have access to reliable measurements when you need them.

How Can You Solve Gage Calibration Drift?

Though you can take precautions to prevent some environmental causes of gage drift, the best way to protect your equipment is to have your gages professionally calibrated on a regular basis. Depending on your industry, you may need to have instruments calibrated yearly or more often.

In addition to regularly scheduled adjustment, you may want to have a gage calibrated when:

  • It has been exposed to harsh conditions
  • It has undergone recent shock
  • It’s producing readings that don’t seem correct
  • You need confirmation of its calibration accuracy

If you’re looking for someone capable of correcting gage drift and returning your equipment to proper calibration, MicronPA can help. We perform all calibrations using approved A2LA calibration procedures, and we’ll provide you with full calibration records, including a long-form certificate that details and validates all the work done on your equipment.

Calibration drift can take gages out of the field and slow down your operation. To help you get back to work with accurate equipment, we also offer fast turnaround times. We can return your gages to you in as few as five days, if needed. Learn more about our gage calibration services, or contact MicronPA today to see how we can help.

Benefits of Accredited Calibration Services

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Does your business depend on a type of measurement instrumentation that needs to be kept accurate through calibration? If so, it’s understandable if you find yourself asking, “Do I need accredited calibration services?”

There are unaccredited laboratories and equipment manufacturers that can offer calibration services at what may seem like a bargain price. If you go this route, however, and choose to depend on the calibration services of a company that’s not accredited, audited or up to the standards of your industry, any resulting inaccuracies could wind up costing your business a fortune in recalls and reputational damage.

Fortunately, when you choose to work with an accredited lab calibration service like MicronPA, you can count on the following benefits that assure you and your business a level of confidence you can’t get from any unaccredited facility:

  • High Standards: When you choose to work with an accredited calibration service, you know the procedures used to assess the accuracy of your equipment are in compliance with the metrological organization that has granted accreditation to that lab. In the instance of MicronPA, we adhere to the highest quality standards in the industry. You can count on your instrumentation to be accurate and perform well when it’s most crucial to your product, business and reputation.
  • Accuracy: From the level of its technical proficiency to the condition of its calibration equipment, an accredited lab has been thoroughly tested, and its accuracy has been verified through independent third-party audits and assessments. This is why businesses in the aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical device and defense industries specifically choose to work with MicronPA to receive calibration services that are distinctly best-in-class.
  • Monitoring: Besides accurate calibration services, businesses need ready access to the current certificates that demonstrate they’ve been consistently monitoring the accuracy of their measurement instrumentation. For this reason, we supply hard copies of all our comprehensive certifications as well as secure web certificatesthrough our customer portal — which also provides automated email alerts for upcoming calibration services and allows you to generate organizational lists for efficient planning and notification of operators.
  • Control: Whether conducting on-site or off-site calibration services, an accredited lab will carry out its services with the utmost attention to control, so the quality of your calibration results is never in question.

MicronPA — Your Full-Service Accredited Calibration Lab

MicronPA supplies trusted calibration services to companies throughout central Pennsylvania, as well as Virginia and Maryland. For more than two decades, we’ve maintained our accreditations with the leading metrological agencies while growing our customer base by offering rapid turnarounds, comprehensive certificates and flexible on-site and off-site services.

Learn more about the benefits offered by accredited calibration services by contacting us today for a quote.

Field Calibration vs. Lab Calibration

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

As an industry leader in instrumentation calibration, MicronPA offers both on-site (or field) and off-site (or lab) calibration services that adhere to the highest standards and come with complete certifications. Still, we’re often asked, “Is field calibration as accurate as lab calibration?” It’s a fair question since several reasons can influence why one form of calibration service may be preferable to another.

To first address the question of accuracy, it’s important to emphasize that all of MicronPA’s on-site and off-site calibration services are conducted to fully meet the strictest industry standards. We are also fully accredited to the following highly-respected metrological organizations by The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation — A2LA:

  • The International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission — ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E)
  • The American National Standards Institute and the National Conference of Standards Laboratories — ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994
  • The American National Standards Institute and the National Conference of Standards Laboratories — ANSI/NCSL Z540.3-2006

MicronPA’s decades of experience and numerous accreditations mean all of our off-site and on-site calibration services are accurate, reliable and fully traceable through our hard copy and web-based certifications.

What do you need to know about both field and workshop services to make the right decision regarding your instrumentation? Read on to learn more about both types of calibration services.

About Field Calibration

Once you’ve established that you can fully trust a mobile calibration service, the primary reasons for going this route often have to do with the installation and productivity of the instrumentation in question. What follows are some of the top reasons for employing field calibration services:

  • Total loop: To calibrate a measurement loop in its entirety, from sensor points to displays in a control room, field calibration is often the only viable method of calibrating the whole system without having to uninstall it.
  • Security: To prevent sensitive instrumentation from leaving a facility, field calibration is an option many choose for the added security it ensures.
  • Field conditions: When equipment cannot be removed or needs to be calibrated under operating field conditions, then field calibration is the best choice.
  • Affordability: MicronPA’s field calibration services are affordably priced to match our same-day service fees, which allows customers to eliminate all costs associated with shipping and handling.
  • Productivity: Without having to uninstall, pack and ship instrumentation, field calibration services support the uptime and productivity of the applications the given instrumentation is used in.
  • Transparency: When either you or your staff want to observe the entire calibration procedure from beginning to end, field calibration offers unparalleled transparency of the process.

About Lab Calibration

Of course, there are other instances when it’s preferable to have instrumentation calibrated in our lab that’s already set up for the service. Here are some of the most popular reasons for workshop calibration:

  • Best possible uncertainty: In instances when your requirements call for best possible uncertainty, it’s typically more easily achieved with stationary calibration equipment found in a lab.
  • Safety: For robust safety measures that might call for things such as thermal or electrical current overloads, a lab with sufficient built-in safety equipment and procedures can be the safest method of performing calibration.

MicronPA Can Help You Choose

As a family-owned and operated business, we’re always happy to hear from our customers and help them decide which form of calibration service best matches their needs.

For informed answers to all your calibration questions, please contact us today.

Accurate Calibration Certification Breakdown

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Industries reliant on calibration, such as the aerospace, automotive and defense sectors, depend on comprehensive calibration certificates for company records and third-party audits. This documentation provides your company an overview, as well as an in-depth analysis, of your equipment’s calibration, adjustment and verification by a qualified technician. As a respected veteran of the industry, MicronPA delivers accurate calibration certificates that provide your organization with critical information.

What’s Included in a MicronPA Calibration Certificate?

Our calibration certificates arrive with all the required information for reporting and audit checks, including the following:

  • Inspection dates
  • Instrumentation specifications
  • Technician name
  • Laboratory name
  • Before-and-after values
  • Contact information

As well as producing a hard copy of our long-form competitive calibration certificates for you, we also make the record available via a secure online system. To access your document, you’ll use your designated login credentials. From your company’s account, you can view, manage and back up all your calibration certifications, as well as check the location and status of your gages.

Additional features of our online web certificates include:

  • Automated email service alerts for gages
  • Scheduled backups for certificates
  • Generated organizational lists for planning and notifying operators

If you have questions about your online account or calibration certificate, you’re welcome to contact our team.

How Are Accurate Calibration Certificates Produced?

As a calibration service provider with more than 20 years of experience, we ensure the development of our competitive calibration certificates adheres to recognized industry standards, which begin at calibration, adjustment and verification. As a result, our team of experienced and qualified technicians follows the procedures outlined by ASTM, NAVAIR, ANSI and ASME. Plus, they partake in year-round training to expand their skills and industry knowledge.

Respected organizations have also accredited MicronPA, including:

  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

Specific accreditations we carry include ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E) and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994. Thus, we ensure our processes match the industry’s strictest regulations and utilize sophisticated equipment, which results in respected and trusted calibration certificates that provide your company with reliable results that adhere to reporting and auditing standards.

Why Choose MicronPA as Your Calibration Service Provider?

Companies across central Pennsylvania, as well as Virginia and Maryland, choose us as their calibration service provider. Some of the reasons why include the following:

  • Maintain accreditation by the nation’s leading agencies
  • Offer more than 20 years of expertise
  • Provide rapid turnarounds and on-site calibration
  • Deliver equipment within five business days
  • Certification of calibration includes data

As a family-owned company, our personal and professional approach to business is also considered a benefit by many of our customers.

Request a Quote for Calibration Service

At MicronPA, our calibration certificates emphasize our extensive experience, as well as our role as an industry-leading calibration service provider. By applying more than two decades of experience, we’ve gone beyond the traditional hard copy certificate and evolved to include electronic copies that offer your company flexibility, as well as additional security for this must-have document.

Learn more about our calibration certificates by contacting us today for a quote.

Critical Role of Measurement and Calibration

By | Uncategorized | No Comments

Precision: for many sectors, including aerospace, automotive and defense, it is non-negotiable. Operating uncalibrated equipment poses an unparalleled risk, threatening substantial losses to your organization’s assets, as well as legal and financial repercussions. That’s why measurement and calibration plays a critical role in these industries, which demand a trusted partner for their calibration services.

Calibration Standards and Processes

With more than 20 years of experience as a full-service calibration and inspection laboratory, we’ve developed a strict set of measurement and calibration processes to match the standards of today. As a result, our trained and tested technicians adhere to ANSI, ASME, ASTM and NAVAIR procedures, which are recognized and respected across the U.S.

MicronPA is also accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. In addition, we’re ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E) and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 accredited.

Our accreditations, as well as our commitment to standardized calibration processes, ensure our instrument calibrations produce repeatable and reliable results you can trust.

Calibration Services

Due to the critical role of measurement and calibration, we offer several gage calibration services to meet your immediate and long-term needs:

  • On-Site Calibration: The advantage of on-site instrument calibration is significant. Instead of risking damage to your equipment during shipping, our on-site calibration services provide your facility the convenience of continuing operations and minimizing expenses. Plus, you’re welcome to watch our technicians complete the calibration process — note, however, that some hardware may require off-site calibration.
  • Mechanical Calibration: Our mechanical calibration services are comprehensive. When your equipment arrives, we calibrate, adjust and perform any ordinary or customary repairs. As a part of our commitment to industry-leading standards, as well as our ISO/IEC and ANSI/NCSL accreditation, we provide each item with a detailed calibration label. We also provide you with a long-form calibration certification for your records.
  • Electrical Calibration Our qualified team can complete instrument calibration for data loggers, watt meters, oscilloscopes, thermometers and more. As with our mechanical calibration, you’ll receive a certificate and can take advantage of our online web certificate service.

Advantages of MicronPA Calibration Services

At MicronPA, our drive pushes us to offer more than accurate and reliable calibration services. We also enhance them with the following features:

  • Turnaround: Time is of the essence, which is why we provide a rapid turnaround time of five business days. Plus, rush delivery is free.
  • Service:MicronPA is a family-owned and operated business, which is why we’re passionate about offering service that’s professional, yet personal.
  • Price: Cost is a priority for any company, which is why we maintain a fair pricing model, as well as provide free quotes.
  • Expertise:Lifelong learning is a core value of ours, which is why we support the ongoing training of our team.

Request a Calibration Service Quote

With decades of experience and a commitment to matching industry-best standards for instrument calibration, MicronPA’s become a company that businesses throughout the area trust in the critical role of measurement and calibration. Whether you’re a part of the aerospace, pharmaceutical, automotive or another industry that demands unparalleled precision, MicronPA can meet your needs.

Contact us today for a quote to learn more about our calibration services.

Ready to get started? Request a Quote!