Scale calibration is a procedure that ensures a weighing scale is weighing correctly to the advertised accuracy. In a medical setting accuracy of weight is critical to drug dosages and for assessment of general well being. In industrial settings, an inaccurate weighing scale can lead to cost problems, dissatisfied customers - and an unhappy Trading Standards officer..
Why does a weighing scale need to be calibrated?
As a result of regular use, a weighing scale could lose its accuracy over time. In cases such as calculating dosages for medication, anaesthetic or even radiation, an accurate weight reading is critical, as the patient’s life may be at risk. Changes to the scale’s environment can also affect the scale’s calibration.
When should a weighing scale be calibrated?
The NHS recommends that weighing scales are calibrated a minimum of 1 or 2 times a year, more in critical settings to ensure they are fit for purpose. The same time period is advised for industrial scales. At Marsden, we offer yearly and twice year calibration checks to suit your needs.
Can I arrange a calibration check?
You can arrange your calibration check by getting in touch with Marsden. Our engineers are qualified to the UK Weighing Federation Calibration Code of Practice, and they will visit your organisation to test and amend weighing equipment in the time period specified.
Each scale will be tested using M1 certified test weights, and after the visit job sheets and calibration certificates will be available for each scale.
The Marsden Client Portal offers a quick and clear overview of your scale’s service history. Here you can access calibration certificates, job sheets and invoices - plus, you can request a call out for a repair through the Portal.
To find out more about Marsden service contracts and calibration checks click here or call our service team on 01709 364296.