Balance Calibration Service
Timely balance calibration will ensure your company’s laboratory balances are operating properly and will help you maintain compliance with industry and government standards and regulations. Precision Solutions, Inc., is an ISO 17025-accredited company you can trust to deliver comprehensive weighing balance calibration services in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that will prevent costly mistakes that could hinder your business operations.
In addition to our balance calibration services we also provide preventive maintenance and 24/7 emergency repair service, as well as IT integration solutions delivered by our on-staff specialists.
Our Certified Technicians Are the Best in the Region
When you choose Precision Solutions, Inc., for your balance calibration needs, you receive service from certified technicians who make keeping your lab balances reliable, accurate and compliant their top priority. Our company is the only company in the entire region that requires all of our balance and scale technicians to be NIST Handbook 44-trained and ISWM Certified. We supply our techs with fully equipped service vehicles that include NIST traceable ASTM test weights, equipment and tools they need to perform a fast, efficient and accurate calibration.
Whether environmental conditions, misuse or difficult weighing applications present calibration challenges for your company, you can count on our techs to deliver reliable advice and expert service. Our Electronic Calibration Certificate System ensures the thoroughness, accuracy and compliance of your Certificates of Calibration.
Lab Balance Repairs
If a lab balance isn’t performing the way you need it to, your business suffers. Every moment of downtime counts. That’s why we offer lab balance repair services to ensure your equipment – and your process – is back up and running as soon as possible. We offer emergency service 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year to businesses in Eastern PA and NJ. In addition to emergency services, we also offer on-site repairs and repairs within our facility. Regardless of which type of service you need, you’ll have the attention of a technician that is NIST H44 trained and ISWM certified.
Since lab balances are designed to measure very small masses, they are sophisticated and sensitive. There are some reasons these balances may need repairs – some completely beyond your control. However, it’s important to understand there are some environmental conditions that impact lab balances and their accuracy as well.
- Temperature: For the best performance, room temperature should not fluctuate more than one degree Fahrenheit and the power of the balance should be kept on.
- Air Movement: If you measure with a resolution of .001 gram or less, moving air current can have a significant impact – draft shields can help, but avoid plastic due to the risk of static electricity.
- Static Electricity: Static electricity applies a mechanical force, whether it’s on you, the object being measured, a draft shield or on the balance itself.
- Vibrations: Balance readings can change slightly as you walk around the room, or move objects on the same table. Be aware of vibrations your movement may be causing – you may need to invest in a special table or floor.
Balance Calibration Services Offered
Even when all of the environmental conditions are considered, balances can still become out of tolerance over time. That’s why checking and restoring their accuracy through balance calibration services is an essential part of preventative maintenance.
When you have your balance calibrated by NIST H44-trained and ISWM Certified technicians, your business will:
- Save Money: When your balance is calibrated, you avoid additional waste, work and product recalls, which ultimately empowers you to make better decisions surrounding your product and your business.
- Measure Accurately: Calibrated balances ensure that your measurement of mass is consistent and reliable – regardless of the location of the balance.
- Be Compliant: Internal and external audits are a part of the business and having your equipment calibrated means it’s in its best working condition and easily passes any compliance audits.
- Eliminate Aging or Faulty Equipment: If you calibrate your balances on a regular basis, you’ll easily be able to spot faulty or aging equipment that may need to be repaired or replaced.
- Increase Profit: When you interpret your calibration results according to defined tolerances, you’re able to improve your process and ultimately increase your profit.
At Precision Solutions, Inc., we offer balance calibration products and services for microbalances and semi-microbalances, analytical balances, precision balances, precision high-capacity balances and moisture analyzers.
Micro Balances and Semi-Micro Balances
Micro balances are known for having the highest level of precision in all lab balances. When you measure mass as low as 30 μg, it doesn’t matter whether the product is a powder, mineral or a component of a medical device – your measurement needs to be exact. While all lab balances are sensitive to environmental factors, micro balances and semi-micro balances are the most sensitive.
Controlling environmental factors and preventative maintenance and routine calibration services, are the best ways to make sure you’re getting the level of precision these balances offer. You can’t have one without the other. Even in the best lab conditions, micro balances and semi-micro balances can diminish in performance over time, causing the measurements to fluctuate. That’s why we offer balance calibration services for these lab balances.
You rely on your analytical balance for sample preparation and formulation, calculating density, differential and interval weighing. Your quantitative analysis of a sample in increments as small as 0.1 milligram is key to your process and the quality of your product – including meeting standards such as ISO, GLP, and CGMP.
Unfortunately, without balance calibration, analytical balances turn accurate measurements into guesswork. Over time, normal wear and tear cause slight changes in measurement – without calibration to identify and correct these changes, your product suffers. Our balance calibration services can help you keep your analytical balance precise and accurate.
Regardless of whether you’re in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, textile or any other industry, precision balances are a vital part of your research and quality control. With measurements in increments of up to one milligram, precision balances are used for normal and tare measurements in addition to counting pieces, weighing recipes, percentages and change of weighing units.
These balances are known for being reliable, but that reputation only holds true if preventative maintenance and calibration is performed on a regular basis – over time, even the accuracy of a precision balance can be affected. Our balance calibration services will make sure your equipment remains reliable and precise.
Precision High-Capacity Balances
Not all common masses can be measured with a standard precision balance – if you’re using a precision scale for industrial or commercial applications, you probably have a precision high-capacity balance. These balances bring the reliability of the standard precision balance with a greater capacity, giving you the ability to measure more mass with the same level of precision.
As the capacity increases, so does the amount of product you are relying on your balance to measure accurately. Without balance calibration services, over time, precision high-capacity balances can become ever slightly less precise, and when you’re dealing with a large amount of product, there is no room for error. Our preventative maintenance and calibration services can help you ensure that all of your product is accurately measured.
We Provide Balance Calibration Services for the Top Brands in the Industry
Whether you need analytical balance calibration or precision calibration services or help with any other balance type, our techs have the expertise to work with equipment from all the top manufacturers in the industry. Some of the brands we perform laboratory balance calibration service for include:
- Avery Weigh-Tronix
- Mettler Toledo
- Many other leading brands
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Difference Between Analytical and Precision Balance?
The difference between analytical and precision balances is in their resolution or readability. Analytical balances have a readability of 0.1 milligram. Precision balances, on the other hand, have a readability of one milligram. The main difference is that analytical balances are ten times more precise than precision balances.
Analytical balances are more precise, and therefore much more sensitive, which is why they look different than a precision balance. Analytical balances usually need a glass enclosure to reduce the influence of things like air movement and dust in the environment.
Precision balances are used extensively because their level of accuracy is high enough for the majority of the most common measurements. Analytical balances are most common in labs that are responsible for the manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, analysis and quality assurance.
2. Resolution vs. Capacity: What’s the Difference?
When you’re evaluating balances, resolution and capacity are two terms you often see because of these two characteristics – together – tell you a lot about the precision of the scale. The resolution, which may also be referred to as “readability,” is the smallest increment of mass the balance will display. Capacity is the largest amount of mass the balance can measure. Putting on a weight over the capacity will overload the equipment and could damage the balance.
How does understanding these two definitions help you understand balance precision? It’s simple. Let’s say, for example, we’re comparing two balances – the first has a capacity of 50 pounds and the second has a capacity of five pounds. Both have the same resolution – or readability – of 0.001 pounds. While both have the same resolution, measuring a mass of 50 pounds in 0.001-pound increments provides a result that has 50,000 total display increments whereas measuring a mass of five pounds with the same 0.001-pound increment only provides a result with 5000 display increments. Therefore, we can conclude that in this example, the first balance has a higher level of precision.
3. How Should a Balance Be Cared For?
Balances are used for a variety of applications, so it’s important to remember that each different model will likely come with specific care guidelines. However, there are some important general tips to help you if you’re wondering how to care for a balance – have a trained technician calibrate your balance on a regular basis, perform your routine tests between calibrations and clean your balance before and after use.
The cost of an out of tolerance balance could be significantly higher than the cost of calibration. Failure to make sure the accuracy of your balance is within tolerance could translate to downtime, poor product quality, audit problems, product recalls and more. Manufacturers will likely have guidelines for how often calibration should be done, but remember it’s ultimately up to you and how long you’re willing to risk having inaccurate measurements.
Routine testing between calibrations is also a great way to care for your balance, as you’re able to identify issues that may arise and require additional testing through calibration or a balance repair.
Regardless of what industry or lab you’re in, balances are exposed to all kinds of substances that can cause corrosion over time. Of course, it’s important that dust and any chemicals are completely removed from the surface as that can result in inaccurate readings or contamination.
4. What Calibration Management Services Are Offered for Balances?
At Precision Solutions, Inc., our calibration management services include the oversight of all of your calibration needs. Rather than trying to juggle calibration schedules for every balance in your facility, we do all of that work for you – making sure all of your calibrations are done on time and that none of your balances are overdue.
With calibration management services for balances, you can be confident in all of your measurements and in facing every audit and certification. Plus, you can have the freedom to focus on the bigger picture – running your business.
Contact Us to Learn More About Our Pennsylvania and New Jersey Balance Calibration Services
Whether you’re looking for emergency, on-site or lab balance calibration services, Precision Solutions, Inc., has a calibration service solution for you. We work with customers in Eastern and Northeastern Pennsylvania – including the Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Lehigh Valley regions and beyond in Pennsylvania and all of New Jersey. Request a quote online or call us today at 215-536-4400 to schedule your balance calibration service.