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Calibration & Quality Maintenance

  1. 1. Calibration & Quality Maintenance Prepared by :- Mustafa Ali Reviewed by :- Shumaim Shaheer / Naveed Alam I & C Department (Sawan) Instrumentation & Control Perspective
  2. 2. Calibration :- Calibration can be briefly described as an activity where the instrument being tested is compared to a known reference value, i.e. calibrator. The keywords here are ‘known reference’, which means that the calibrator used should have a valid, traceable calibration certificate. Traceability :- Calibrations must be traceable. Traceability is a declaration stating to which national standard a certain instrument has been compared. Other good reasons for calibration are: • To maintain the credibility of measurements • To maintain the quality of instruments at a good-as-new level • Safety and environmental regulations • ISO9001,14001 other quality systems and regulations
  3. 3. Regulatory Requirements for Calibration ISO 9001: ISO 14001 The organization determines the monitoring and measurements to be performed, as well as the measuring devices needed to provide evidence of a product’s conformity to determined standards. Where necessary, to ensure valid results, measuring equipment is calibrated or verified with measurement standards traceable to national or international standards at specified intervals. Record of the calibration and verification results are then maintained.
  4. 4. “A set of experimental operations for the purpose of determining the value of a quantity.” What is then the value of quantity? According to the standards the true value of a quantity is: “The value which characterizes a quantity perfectly defined during the conditions which exist at the moment when the value is observed. Measurement :- In technical standards terms the word measurement has been defined as: Regardless of how advanced the process automation system is, the control cannot be better than the quality of measurements from the process.
  5. 5. Quality Maintenance through Calibration :- The primary reason for Calibration is based on the fact that even the best measuring instruments lack in absolute stability, in other words, they drift and lose their ability to give accurate measurements. This drift makes recalibration necessary. Environment conditions, elapsed time and type of application can all affect the stability of an instrument. Quality Calibration maintenance plans of predetermined frequency, according to the vendor recommendation should be implement & perform to keep the instrument within tolerance limits. Results should be documented for future reference.
  6. 6. Calibration Management System (OMV Pakistan Exploration GmbH) Standard Procedures for Calibration. Yearly Calibrators Calibration Certification from PCSIR. Monthly Calibrators Integrity Checks. Monthly JMC Joint meter Calibration Verification with SSGCL / SNGPL . Automated PM Plans Activation through (Maximo). Turn Around Calibration Verification of Safety / Production Critical Instruments. Record keeping through Maintenance Management System (Maximo). AMS Asset Management Software (For HART Devices). KIMS Kelton Instrument Management System (Flow Computers Validation). Audit through ISO14001 – 2004 Environmental Management System.
  7. 7. Calibration Management System (OMV Pakistan Exploration GmbH) Beamex MCS-100 Documenting Calibration System. (Newly acquired). Calibration host module. Host electronics and display. Electrical measurement. Multichannel Datalogging. HART Communication. Environmental temp sensor. Pressure measurement. Temperature module. Software Integration to Maximo / SAP (Future Prospect).
  8. 8. Intrinsically Safe (I S) Calibration (OMV Pakistan Exploration GmbH) Intrinsic safety (IS) is a protection technique for safely operating electronic equipment in explosive environments. An intrinsically safe calibrator is therefore designed to be incapable of causing ignition in the surrounding environment with flammable materials, such as gases, mists, vapors or combustible dust. An Ex Area also refers to an explosive environment and an Ex calibrator is a device designed for use in the type of environment in question. Beamex MC5 I S Multifunction CalibratorBeamex MC2 I S Multifunction Calibrator Intrinsically safe calibrators are also often referred to being “Ex or IS calibrators”.
  9. 9. Standard Calibrators (OMV Pakistan Exploration GmbH)
  10. 10. Some metrological terms in association with the concept of calibration are described in this section. Quite a few of the following terms are also used on specification sheets for calibrators. Simplified definitions are listed here . Calibration An unknown measured signal is compared to a known reference signal. Validation Validation of measurement and test methods (procedures) is generally necessary to prove that the methods are suitable for the intended use. Non-linearity Non-linearity is the maximum deviation of a transducer’s output from a defined straight line. Non-linearity is specified by the Terminal Based method or the Best Fit Straight Line method. Definitions of Metrological Terms.
  11. 11. Temperature coefficient The change in a calibrator’s accuracy caused by changes in ambient temperature (deviation from reference conditions). The temperature coefficient is usually expressed as % F.S. / °C or % of RDG/ °C. Stability Often referred to as drift, stability is expressed as the change in percentage in the calibrated output of an instrument over a specified period, usually 90 days to 12 months, under normal operating conditions. Drift is usually given as a typical value. Accuracy State the closeness of a measured value to a known reference value. The accuracy of the reference value is generally not included in the figures. It must also be checked if errors like non-linearity, hysteresis, temperature effects etc. are included in the accuracy figures provided. The only way to compare accuracy presented in different ways is to calculate the total error at certain points. Definitions of Metrological Terms Cont…
  12. 12. Resolution Resolution is the smallest interval that can be read between two readings. Sensitivity Sensitivity is the smallest variation in input, which can be detected as an output. Good resolution is required in order to detect sensitivity. Hysteresis The deviation in output at any point within the instrument’s sensing range, when first approaching this point with increasing values, and then with decreasing values. Repeatability Repeatability is the capability of an instrument to give the same output among repeated inputs of the same value over a period of time. Repeatability is often expressed in the form of standard deviation. Definitions of Metrological Terms Cont…
  13. 13. Definitions of Metrological Terms Cont… Uncertainty Uncertainty is an estimate of the limits, at a given cover factor (or confidence level), which contain the true value. Uncertainty is evaluated according to either a “Type A” or a “Type B” method. Type A involves the statistical analysis of a series of measurements. The effects of these components include measurement errors, which can vary in magnitude and in sign, in an unpredictable manner. Type B, could be said to be of a systematic nature. Systematic errors or effects remain constant during the measurement. Examples of systematic effects include errors in reference value, set-up of the measuring, ambient conditions, etc.

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