Test & Measurement
Livingston Offers Calibration Solution For SMEs
Test equipment sourcing specialist Livingston is to rent calibrators from its inventory allowing their customers to calibrate their test equipment. Livingston says that for smaller companies, involved in installation work or serving the industrial space, it is often hard to justify the heavy investment needed for acquiring calibration equipment, as the stock of test instrumentation being held is not enough to ensure regular utilisation of the calibrator.
Fluke 5522A multi-product calibrator, now available via Livingston, is capable of addressing a wide of different calibration jobs. It can act as a voltage calibrator, resistance calibrator or current calibrator. It sources direct voltage (up to 1.02kV) and current (up to 20.5A), alternating voltage (10 to 500kHz) and current (10 to 500kHz) with multiple waveforms and harmonics, two simultaneous voltage outputs or voltage and current to simulate DC and AC power with phase control (0.1°), resistance (0 to 1000Mohms) and capacitance (220pF to 100mF). The 5522A can also measure thermocouple temperature (10µV/°C) and pressure. Sine, square, triangular and truncated sine waveforms can be accepted and <300ps edge rise times dealt with. Using this device, all multi-meters, current camps, data loggers, recorders and oscilloscopes with frequency levels up to 600MHz can easily be calibrated (with process cards available for coaching users through the process). The device comes with internal and external protection mechanisms that safeguard it against damage and make it easier to transport for on-site or mobile calibration.
“Regular calibration of instrumentation is vital, in order to identify any issues and to avoid potentially dangerous situations arising” says Reinier Treur, Livingston’s Global Marketing Director. “External calibration can be expensive as associated costs like transport need to be taken into account. Furthermore it is time consuming. By renting a calibrator from Livingston, however, companies can quickly complete the necessary calibration procedures themselves in a highly cost-effective manner, without any loss of revenue generation by the instruments involved.”