With so many manufacturing facilities moving production offshore to remain competitive, one American company is increasing manufacturing output and exporting precision machined parts to Asia and Europe as well as serving the U.S. marketplace.
Fraser Hydraulic Power, a family owned company based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, have developed an interesting solution to overcome some of the problems associated with the laying of the latest generation of subsea Telecommunication cables.
Why calibrate? For process manufacturers, regular calibration of instruments across a manufacturing plant is common practice. In plant areas where instrument accuracy is critical to product quality or safety, calibration every six months or even more frequently is not unusual. However, the key final step in any calibration process documentation is often neglected or overlooked because of a lack of resources, time constraints or the pressure of everyday activities. Indeed, many manufacturers are now outsourcing all or some of their maintenance activities and so the contractor too is now under the same pressure to calibrate plant instruments quickly but accurately and to ensure that the results are then documented for quality assurance purposes and to provide full traceability. The purpose of calibration itself is to determine how accurate an instrument or sensor is. Although most instruments are very accurate these days, regulatory bodies often need to know just how inaccurate a particular instrument is and whether it drifts in and out of specified tolerance over time.