• Why you need to update your calibration process

    Earlier this year, Beamex and ISA partnered together to host a joint webinar: “The do’s and don’ts of implementing a centralized multi-site calibration system.“ For 90 minutes, experts discussed compelling business and safety reasons, important lessons learned (what to do and not to do), necessary resources required, and proper execution. Whether you have a multi-site calibration program responsibility or work at an individual site, the concepts in this webinar help to demystify the process of centralizing calibration information.

    In addition to the important theoretical concepts discussed, Emmett Farrell, Application Manager at Novartis, shared his personal experience with the topic.  Farrell explained why Novartis decided to switch to a centralized calibration system at a global level, how they went about it, and the outcome. Click here to watch the webinar.  

    Along with Emmett’s experience, there are numerous other examples of published benefits, such as Alabama Power’s, Plant Miller, which cut the time it takes to calibrate select instruments by up to 75% and the Salt River Project, which consistently saved 1,000 man hours during unit overhauls.

    Despite compelling cases like these, there still seems to be a slow and somewhat reluctant response to update and automate outdated calibration processes throughout the process industry. Until a new regulation is created or a corporate governance mandate swoops in, what’s the motivation to change processes or tools? It’s just easier, less risky and less expensive to stick with what you’ve got and know. Or is it? 

    We’ve all heard buzz words like “proactive maintenance” floating around for years, but how does it apply to calibration? Calibration in itself is already a proactive activity. What more can you do? How about save yourself some time, possibly headaches, and save the company some money?

    Improved tracking, analyzing, and documenting process instrument calibration information can lower the risk of plant shutdowns, lost production time, poor product quality and a hazardous work environment. All of these cost companies money, which isn’t good for anyone. Moreover, these situations could affect you personally, in various ways, such as:

    • You have to work overtime during shutdowns to get the plant equipment back up and running. You could miss valuable time with your family.
    • Your boss isn’t going to like it if production time is lost. It could put your job or promotion potential in jeopardy.
    • Poor product quality could cause personal harm to you or the consumer.
    • A hazardous environment could hurt you or your co-workers.


    If you would like more information and some free training on calibration, consider attending the Less Risk, More Performance: Best Calibration Practices conference, hosted by ISA and Beamex on 24 September 2015 at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

    The 2015 conference will provide the very latest insights, trends and best practices—direct from leading industry experts—for process plants seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy, and profitability; lower costs; and optimize production.

    Seats are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis and spaces are limited. To register and find out more, click here.