Prime Technologies’ webinar “Performing Paperless Calibrations with a Documenting Process Calibrator” with Prime’s Michael Price and Fluke Technology’s Bob Crepps dives into how using an electronic calibration management system (CMS) like ProCal can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to perform and record your calibrations. At the same time, using a CMS also improves the accuracy and reliability of records and calibration certificates by eliminating the need for paper-based hard copies. This webinar also explains how to take that efficiency even further by introducing the use of Fluke Documenting Process Calibrators, which communicate directly with ProCal to manage and record calibration activity without the need for a laptop or tablet in the field or out on the production line. Bob Crepps webinar also provides a hands-on look at how these calibrators are used via a demonstration. Michael shares that during his time at Prime Technologies, he has traveled to customer facilities around the world to conduct training and manage implementation projects. These facilities include state-of-the-art factories, food production plants, breweries, power plants, and other facilities. The technology and the planning required for these businesses to operate is simply impressive. At the same time, Michael shares he has been surprised over and over by how many of these high-tech facilities still rely on good old pencil and paper to document and store their calibration activities. Even many of the largest companies – companies that are on the cutting edge of technology in their respective industries – still document their calibration activity on paper worksheets and store those worksheets in filing cabinets for future reference. Then when an audit happens, and companies are asked to produce proof that an instrument or piece of equipment was calibrated, many calibration professionals are still forced to dig through an over-stuffed filing cabinet to locate an old certificate or worksheet. Introducing a calibrator to a paperless workflow will lead to a great amount of time saved. Both Prime Technologies and Fluke have run calculations that show that the amount of time spent on calibration activity can be cut as much as 75%. Documenting Process Calibrators, such as the Fluke 754 or 729, are handheld devices that store calibration specifications, that source inputs while simultaneously capturing readings, as well as save results. These results can then be uploaded to automatically create Calibration Result Records in ProCal. The upload process allows users to review each calibration result, with the opportunity for individual or batch approval. Extra prompts, either before or after the calibration is completed, can be configured to capture additional information like atmospheric conditions, calibration type, man-hours, the reason for failure, and more. In ProCal, each individual instrument is configured with its own calibrator options, including things like loop power settings, delays, reading methods, and custom unit types. While these devices function great on their own, their capabilities are greatly expanded when you are sourcing the test specifications directly from ProCal to the calibrator memory. Calibrations are then performed in the field using minimal extra equipment and without the need for a laptop or other computer. Watch the webinar recording for more information and to see Bob Crepps give a demonstration of a Temperature Transmitter calibration using a Fluke 754.
SPEAKERSMichael Price, Prime Technologies Michael is Director of Customer Success & Operations and has worked with Prime’s clients since 2011. Michael directs customer-facing operations focused on maximizing the quality of customer experience with Prime Technologies’ products and services, and helps direct continuous improvement efforts within the company. Bob Crepps, Fluke Corporation Bob is a Product Applications Specialist with Fluke Corporation and focuses on Process Calibration Tools. With more than 30 years of experience providing technical support and training in the electronics industry, Bob has offered his expertise to Fluke Process Tools for 10 years.