Ensure Accuracy and Maximize the Value of Your Cable Testing Equipment with Calibration from Fluke Networks
As a cable installation contractor, you understand the importance of warranties for your clients. The integrity of your business depends on getting accurate measurements from your cable test instruments. If you own a Fluke Networks™ Certification Tester, you know that Fluke Networks products are
top-quality, state-of-the-art test instruments. If your tester is from Fluke Networks, you expect it to be accurate.
When you receive an email or a LinkWare Live™ notification from Fluke Networks, saying it's time for your tester's yearly calibration, you might wonder, "Why does my tester need to be calibrated? It doesn't have any moving parts to go out of adjustment, does it? How do they calibrate my tester? Do I really have to send it back to Fluke Networks? Or can I send it to some other lab that will get it back to me faster?"
These are completely valid questions, especially since you can't use your tester when it's out for calibration (unless you have membership in a Fluke Networks Gold support program that provides you with a free loaner during calibration and repair times).
But let's take a look at some potential situations that might occur if you don't have your instrument calibrated. For example, what if your job requires tight tolerances and accurate measurements? Can you afford to provide your client with potentially incorrect reports? What if you have inconsistent test results between your testers? What happens in case of a dispute between you, your customer, and the cabling system vendor?
Calibration is the testing of test equipment to ensure its accuracy. The primary goal of calibration is to test your Fluke Networks testing products for inconsistencies, and if necessary, make repairs or adjustments to correct them. This way, you can prevent those inaccuracies from ever occurring.
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If your organization has implemented an ISO 9001 quality management system, you're required to calibrate any measuring equipment you use to verify or control quality. Not only that, all such calibrations must be traceable to national or international standards. Calibration dates are also included on test reports, so if there's a dispute regarding your cable installation, and your reports show your tester was out of calibration, those reports will be worthless in arguing your position.
In addition, cabling and connecting hardware manufacturers issue multi-year product and application warranties based on audits of test data. To receive the warranty, you're required to collect this data using instruments with a valid calibration, and you must do testing in accordance with the manufacturer's specification and time scales. Therefore, to receive payment for a job, you must successfully certify thousands of links.
Your Fluke Networks tester is made up of stable components, including resistors, capacitors, and integrated circuits. But like any other electronic product, the performance of these components changes over time. Temperature, humidity, and storage/transport conditions can cause variations in your instrument. Even in a controlled environment, the circuits in your tester warm up and cool down as you turn it on and off throughout the product's life cycle. The circuit board can be contaminated by dust or other outside materials, or the components may be damaged if you accidentally drop the instrument on the floor, or if it bounces around inside your vehicle on the way to an installation job.
A faulty tester can cause havoc in various ways. For instance, if your certification test yields false passes of bad links, future users of that system could experience networking problems, traceable to the cable plant. Your client might bring legal action against your company based on the faulty links, and you'd be responsible for reworking and repairing them. On the other hand, if the tester fails good links, your company will spend needless time and money fixing links that don't need to be repaired. A properly-calibrated instrument helps you avoid these issues, ensuring that your tester works as well as it did the first time you ever used it.
Calibration for the Calibration Standards Laboratories
Fluke provides calibration instruments that are so accurate that they are used by national standards laboratories throughout the world, including the including the United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology, as their calibration standards. In other words, the people who create calibration standards rely on Fluke equipment to help them establish those standards.
These calibration artifacts are themselves calibrated at the Fluke Everett Primary Electrical Laboratory, where our engineers use quantum mechanics to realize primary measurements, just as it's done by worldwide top-level standards bodies. Our products provide the most accurate measurements in every link in the traceability chain, from the national laboratories to you
Calibration is a smart choice, with a high Return On Investment (ROI). Without calibration, your labor, costs, and potential for trouble with dissatisfied customers go up, and your efficiency at testing networks goes down. Having your testing instruments calibrated ensures that you will always get the most accurate measurements, and gives you confidence that the product will always work as designed. Additionally, calibration extends the life of your product, helping you avoid downtime by repairing or replacing components that might cause the tester to fail.
Only Fluke Networks has the in-depth knowledge about the design and performance of our own testing products, and the calibration equipment that can ensure its accuracy and reliability. Also, Fluke Networks is the only place that can properly service your product, and guarantee that it performs to all published specifications is the manufacturer. You can trust your tester to Fluke Networks and the calibration service we perform.
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