SmartCal Routine Testing
The performance of any sensitive measuring equipment has the potential to vary during operation because of a number of factors, some of which can be difficult to control. For this reason, it is highly recommended that all measuring instruments, including moisture analyzers, are regularly checked in order to ensure high quality results, prevent the need to repeat measurements, and alleviate the risk of adversely affecting end products or losing accreditation.
Routine calibration and preventative maintenance of moisture analyzers should be performed by a qualified service engineer, but additional performance routine testing between service intervals gives an analyst assurance and confidence that their measurements are consistently correct.
Now, SmartCal™ – a unique test substance with a known moisture content – provides a rapid method for verification of the overall performance of a moisture analyzer in just 10 minutes, testing both the heating and the weighing elements simultaneously. It also provides the ability to monitor the performance of a moisture analyzer over time, with overview charts per testing temperature that allow to identify trends and identify problems before they even occur.
This white paper describes the benefits of a fast and convenient interim performance test using SmartCal, and makes comparison of this method with traditional routine testing of moisture analyzers. The publication will be of interest to quality and laboratory managers who are responsible for moisture analysis, in industries such as food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.