Equipment calibration and dimensional inspection are essential to the manufacturing industry. While calibration ensures instrument accuracy, traceability and functionality, dimensional inspection verifies product quality, enhances process optimization and ensures adherence to established standards.

MicronPA helps manufacturers increase profitability and customer satisfaction by providing reliable equipment calibration and dimensional inspection services. Our qualified technicians have years of experience in the industry, using advanced techniques to achieve the best results possible.

Manufacturing Equipment Calibration

Equipment calibration is the process of comparing the accuracy of an instrument’s measurements to established standards. In other words, it’s a technical procedure that enables you to determine the accuracy of an equipment’s reading according to standards set by national and international bodies like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

MicronPA is a trusted calibration leader for manufacturing businesses, providing a wide range of calibration services, including:

  1. Dimensional calibration
  2. Electronic calibration
  3. Mechanical calibration
  4. Thermodynamic calibration

Our calibration services have earned us several accreditations, including ISO/IEC 17205:2017, ANSI/NCSL Z450.3-2006 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 and an ISO 9001:2015 certification. Our trained technicians serve the manufacturing industry, helping businesses enhance product quality, improve efficiency and ensure safety. Calibration can also improve customer satisfaction and increase profitability.

Manufacturing Industry Dimensional Inspection

Dimensional inspection ensures that manufactured products comply with industry standards and individual specifications. The assessment process confirms the product’s precision, taking into account customer demands and established benchmarks, and generates reports for compliance purposes. Ultimately, manufacturers are able to exceed client expectations, ensure traceability and meet their regulatory compliance needs.

MicronPA offers contact and non-contact dimensional inspection services to high-precision manufacturers, including:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning: We provide a myriad of CT scanning capabilities to manufacturers, including part-to-CAD comparison, part-to-part comparison, reverse engineering, internal part integrity inspection and wall thickness analysis.
  • First article inspection (FAI): Our FAI capabilities enable manufacturers to confirm process validity, declaring high-level accuracy between design and results. We achieve this through contact and non-contacting inspections, depending on your needs.
  • Last article inspection (LAI): We provide manufacturers with LAI solutions, including report generation to attest product conformity to desired specifications and quality at the end of production.
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing analysis: Our trained technicians compare designs with final products to assess deviations without compromising performance. Our solutions meet the established International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) requirements and are designed to improve communication with engineers and facilitate the development of the best production method.
  • Gage repeatability and reproducibility study: Our studies reveal the source and amount of variability of any given measuring system. This allows manufacturers to implement strategies to arrive at an acceptable gauge repeatability and reproducibility number.
  • Process capability studies: We employ a statistical measure to determine the process’s adherence to product specifications. Clients’ requests may differ, and our capabilities ensure your processes align with specific demands.

The services we provide are ideal for different products, such as:

  1. Castings
  2. Machined parts
  3. 3D printed parts
  4. Injection moldings
  5. Prototypes
  6. Jigs and fixtures

MicronPA offers professional calibration and inspection services to help manufacturers ensure the reliability and functionality of products. Our technicians and engineers handle various complex projects, so be rest assured to get the best possible results.

MicronPA offers professional calibration and inspection services to help manufacturers ensure the reliability and functionality of products.

The Importance of Equipment Calibration in Manufacturing

Below are five ways manufacturing equipment calibration enhances industrial and commercial performance:

  1. Accuracy: Factors like heavy or continuous usage, temperature and humidity can cause manufacturing instruments to lose precision, resulting in product defects, productivity reduction and safety challenges. Regular calibration ensures your equipment continues to function correctly and deliver accurate readings.
  2. Compliance: Most industries are held to high product quality and safety standards, part of which is accomplished through equipment calibration. Equipment calibration ensures that manufactured products meet the regulatory requirements, mitigating the risks of lawsuits and sanctions.
  3. Traceability: Equipment calibration enables traceability, the ability to trace the readings of a measuring instrument to a known reference standard. Traceability is essential because it provides confidence that the measurements made are accurate.
  4. Cost reduction: Calibration mitigates errors and inaccuracies, reducing the risk of recalls, reworks and product failures.
  5. Customer confidence: Product quality is essential in establishing trust and confidence between customers and manufacturers. Calibration helps you to consistently provide quality products, which enables you to retain customers and stay competitive.

The Importance of Dimensional Inspection in Manufacturing

The Importance of Dimensional Inspection in Manufacturing

Manufacturers nationwide leverage dimensional inspection services for various reasons, including the following:

  • Quality assurance: As a manufacturer, it’s vital to ensure products meet the design intent, specified dimensional requirements and tolerance. Dimensional inspection allows you to identify deviations early in the production process so you can implement corrective measures for high-quality deliverables.
  • Compliance: Dimensional inspection is necessary to ensure compliance with regulatory demands, industry standards and customer requests. It enables manufacturers to audit processes, generate reliable reports and verify the product’s alignment with established standards.
  • Process optimization: Dimensional inspection enables engineers to identify areas of improvement in their manufacturing processes. The data collected provides insight into patterns and trends, which you can leverage to reduce errors and resolve recurring issues.
  • Data-driven insights: The precise, reliable measurement data obtained from dimensional inspection is a resource manufacturers can use to develop strategies. Executives can rely on the information to make informed decisions geared toward efficiency and cost reduction.
  • Efficiency: Through dimensional inspection, manufacturers are able to eliminate the delivery of defective and non-compliant parts. This reduces waste caused by reworks and the risk of product recalls. It allows manufacturing businesses to save costs and drive profitability.
  • Customer satisfaction: Ensuring dimensional accuracy and product quality contributes to customer satisfaction. Dimensional inspection enables manufacturers to exceed customer expectations, which is vital for customer retention and building a positive brand reputation.

The Role of CT Scanning in the Manufacturing Industry

Computed tomography (CT) scanning is integral to nondestructive testing (NDT), offering many advantages, such as:

  • Risk reduction: Proactive inspections are critical, especially in industries like aerospace. It reduces the risk of component failures, which can occur through manufacturing defects. CT scans help you identify pores, cracks and inconsistencies that would otherwise affect product quality and safety.
  • Failure investigation: CT scanning helps identify the root cause of failures and their impact. During forensic investigations, you can assess internal failures without destroying the part, preserving the original condition.
  • Part validation: Heavily regulated industries apply high standards throughout manufacturing, yet it helps ensure all components work correctly. CT scanning can provide the reassurance you need and reduce the risk of sending compromised products to customers.
  • New product qualification: Validating measurements on tools with multiple parts using traditional techniques is cost-intensive and time-consuming. NDT methods like CT scanning are quicker and less expensive because they preserve the integrity of the product and do not require dissembling. This is particularly useful during the first article inspection (FAI) or last article inspection (LAI).

Benefits of Outsourcing Industrial Calibration and Inspection Services

Outsourcing industrial calibration and inspection services to MicronPA has numerous benefits, including the following:

1. Cost Reduction

In-house calibration and inspection have many benefits, but affordability is not one of them. Establishing a calibration and inspection unit, purchasing and maintaining equipment, and acquiring, training and paying talents while complying with regulatory and policy standards require money, time and effort.

Partnering with a third-party calibration company allows you to leverage its resource-filled laboratory. MicronPA has the equipment and technicians required and strictly complies with all regulatory requirements. This takes the financial load off your shoulders.

2. Experience and Expertise

Experienced manufacturing inspection and calibration companies like MicronPA have trained personnel with qualifications in metrology. We also have experience working on different projects across various industries, enabling our team to excel at maintaining the correct parameters for accuracy according to your needs and recommendations.

Outsourcing equipment calibration services allows you to focus on your core operations while the professionals handle the metrology aspects of your business. This strategy improves efficiency and productivity. Having a professional ensuring your products meet the quality requirements is reassuring.

3. Accreditation and Certifications

Reputable metrology labs have the required accreditations and certifications, confirming that they are positioned to offer the best possible services. Accredited laboratories are likelier to know and apply the latest standards and procedures, which is necessary when dealing with highly regulated industries.

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)is a respected accreditation authority in the calibration industry. Relevant accreditations include ISO/IEC 17205:2017, ANSI/NCSL Z450.3-2006 and ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994. ISO 9001:2015 is a vital certification required in the industry.

MirconPA is accredited to perform high-level calibration and inspection services and possesses the necessary certifications. We adhere to industry best practices and have the capability to perform in varying settings.

4. Faster Turnaround Times

Expert manufacturing inspection services can result in faster turnaround times without compromising accuracy. The best calibration companies have many qualified technicians whom they can rally to facilitate processes. Although some procedures may take time, they streamline their operations to reduce the duration drastically.

Some calibration and inspection professionals also provide on-site and laboratory services, depending on the circumstances. While this may influence the completion time, flexible options can compensate for usual process delays. Even so, the best equipment calibration and inspection service providers can deliver in about five business days. That’s what MicronPA strives to achieve!

Choosing the Right Manufacturing Calibration and Inspection Services

There are seven things you must consider when choosing a suitable calibration and inspection professional for your manufacturing business. These are:

  1. Experience
  2. Brand and reputation
  3. Accreditations and certifications
  4. Fees
  5. Capabilities
  6. Customizability
  7. Customer service

Prioritizing these considerations lets you estimate your return on investment (ROI). It lets you determine which company is worth partnering with and how they can help you grow your business. Choosing the ideal calibration and inspection company also brings more value beyond its core operations. They allow you to meet your production goals and exceed client expectations.

Renowned equipment calibration and inspection professionals like MicronPA invest resources into building state-of-the-art infrastructures and acquiring the best technicians to help companies achieve high levels of consistency and accuracy throughout the manufacturing and production cycle. We perform complex calibrations and inspections in varying industries and possess all the relevant accreditations and certifications necessary for proficient testing and optimal compliance.

Learn More About MicronPA's Calibration and Inspection Services

Learn More About MicronPA’s Calibration and Inspection Services

MicronPA performs instrument calibration and dimensional inspection for businesses in the manufacturing industry. We are accredited by A2LA and qualified to provide the needed support. We pride ourselves on excellent customer relations, prioritizing your needs, demands and expectations. Do you want to learn more about our instrument calibration services? Contact us today!