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When is calibration necessary?

Posted: 16 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:calibration? manufacturing equipment? workmanship?

Perfection is relative and application specific. The perfect race car is not the car we use to commute to work. We need products for everyday use that are high quality, affordable, and solidly reliable. There will be times when we must use components that are not perfect, and this is when calibration becomes important. Calibration techniques reduce tolerances in imperfect manufacturing equipment while maintaining affordability.

Another term for superior calibration is first-rate workmanship. There was a time when guilds were formed to propagate quality workmanship. An apprentice would work for years to build a physical skill. A master craftsman might dedicate his entire life to expertly carving wood or stone, forging iron, or sculpting pottery to make beautiful buildings, artwork, or monuments.

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Originally published by Maxim Integrated Products Inc. at as "When Is Calibration Important?".

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