Why do viscometers need to be calibrated?

March 17, 2023by Kalstein

Viscometers are an important tool used to measure the viscosity of a particular fluid. These tools are used in a wide variety of industries, from the food industry to the chemical and petrochemical industries. In all these fields, accuracy and precision in viscosity measurement are critical, as in any analysis procedure.

Due to the unpredictable nature of some fluids, it is of utmost importance to calibrate viscometers to ensure accurate and precise results. Calibrating a viscometer means that the reading of the instrument is compared to another measurement that is considered accurate. This comparison will make changes in concentration or viscosity accurately detectable. It is also a way to verify the instrument and that the measurement procedure is being performed properly.

What are the most important reasons why calibrate a viscometer?

One of the main reasons why companies should calibrate their viscometers is to ensure the production of quality products. Viscosity measurement is essential for the processing of a product, and it must be in line with established requirements. Poor viscosity measurement can lead to defective products that do not meet standards.

Another reason to calibrate viscometers is to improve profitability and production efficiency. Accurate viscosity measurement can help avoid overproduction. Less raw materials are wasted by knowing exactly how much fluidity each product requires. If viscosity measurement is inaccurate, it can lead to the production of higher volume products than necessary, resulting in avoidable costs.

A third reason for calibrating viscometers is to improve worker safety. Quality and safety are high priorities in many industries. Inaccurate fluid measurement can have serious consequences for worker safety. In that sense, it can cause substances to behave unexpectedly, spilling and potentially causing avoidable workplace accidents.

What behaviors of the sample should be controlled for viscosity measurement?

Working conditions, such as pressure and temperature, can also affect viscosity measurement results. The degree of viscosity measurement can vary depending on whether it is used in a hot or cold environment. In addition, pressure can change the measurement results. It is therefore important to calibrate viscometers to adapt the results to any changes in these conditions.

Viscometers are also susceptible to wear. This progressive deterioration can affect the viscosity measurement. This means that even newly purchased viscometers must be calibrated to ensure accurate measurement. As stated above, calibration increases the degree of reliability in the measurements being made.

Why is viscometer calibration important?

Finally, the data collected in viscometers must be accurate. Viscometer results are used to make important decisions, such as process design and product improvement. Erroneous results can lead to costly losses or even accidents if you are dealing with hazardous fluids. Calibrating viscometers is an essential part of quality control and safety in industry.

It allows manufacturers and producers to ensure that their products meet quality standards, improve efficiency, and prevent workplace injuries. In conclusion, viscometers must be calibrated to ensure accurate, cost-effective and safe results. This implies that users must use appropriate calibration equipment to obtain the best results. This will ensure that viscosity measurement results are safe, accurate and comply with relevant standards.

Calibration of Kalstein viscometers

Calibration of a Kalstein viscometer is done in a practical way with the detailed instructions provided by the manufacturer. The YR05864 – YR05865 kinematic rotational viscometer is one of the models on sale, which in addition to providing a viscosity range up to two million, makes measurements with an accuracy of close to two percent and a probe for measuring temperature. The purchase of this equipment or other members of this series is available at HERE and HERE, where technical details and prices are also available.



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