How automated calibration can help service companies be more competitive

Service companies that perform calibrations for the process industries operate in a challenging environment. Not only is there a lot of competition, but contracts for customers are based on estimates, meaning that every additional hour of work directly affects the bottom line. Finding and retaining skilled calibration technicians is also a challenge. So, what can service companies do to make their quotations more accurate and ensure work is carried out as consistently and efficiently as possible? The answer is to…

Measurement performance of our new 10-inch VSM — read the app note

For researchers requiring higher applied magnetic fields than our 4- and 7-inch 8600 Series VSMs, we now offer a 10-inch electromagnet version (Model 8610). Providing fields as high as 3.6 T (>36 kOe), it is particularly ideal for characterizing permanent magnet materials, such as rare-earth NdFeB magnets, which typically require large fields to saturate and demagnetize the materials. Source: Lakeshore…

Understanding Pressure Calibrator Accuracy Specifications

  Comparing the accuracy specifications of pressure calibrators can be a challenging task because different manufacturers specify accuracy in different ways. This means that you can’t simply compare the numbers given in the specification – you need to understand how these numbers are calculated and what they mean in practice. In this blog post, I look at the different ways pressure calibrator accuracy specifications are presented, explain what they mean, and compare them, as well as take a brief look…

How to avoid safety and compliance issues in fine chemicals

Safety and compliance are non-negotiable in the fine chemicals industry, which produces complex, pure chemical substances such as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Fine chemicals are batch driven, with complicated, multistage processes where accuracy and efficiency are critical. In this industry, one of the keys to ensuring both safety and compliance is that measurements taken throughout the production process are accurate, which can be challenging to say the least with paper-based calibration. Paper-based calibration is time consuming and because it relies on…

Special guests of Lake Shore Cryotronics this week

Visiting us this week in Ohio was Prof. Victorino Franco of the Univ. of Seville (right), shown with Lake Shore’s Brad Dodrill and the book they recently co-edited, “Magnetic Measurement Techniques for Materials Characterization.” Source: Lakeshore…

Calibration management – transition from paper-based to digital

  A Tale of Three Steves Stephen Jerge, Calibration Supervisor for Lonza Biologics, a multinational chemical and biotechnology company, recently walked attendees of the Beamex Annual Calibration Exchange (ACE) through the project he headed to transition from a paper-based calibration management system (CMS) to an integrated, digital, paperless solution using Beamex CMX. Steve has over 30 years of calibration experience in the telecommunication and pharmaceutical industries. Over the last 3 years, his primary focus has been contributing to Lonza’s global…

Automating the calibration management ecosystem

It’s time to say goodbye to error-prone paper-based calibration! While the pen might be mightier than the sword, in process industries pen-and-paper based calibration systems are a weak spot that is desperately in need of attention. Automating your calibration ecosystem saves time, reduces the risk of errors, and enables your organization to use calibration data for business benefits. But what are the steps involved in implementing an automated process, and what support is on offer to help you succeed? Read on…

New app note on sensitive EQE characterization measurements

The landscape of photodetector and solar cell technologies has been rapidly expanded with the emergence of numerous novel material paradigms, including organic semiconductors, perovskites, and two-dimensional (2D) materials. These technology advances directly impact a broad spectrum of applications, from night vision to medical imaging and energy conversion. As materials, device architectures, and manufacturing processes evolve, external quantum efficiency (EQE) is a key metric when comparing devices and competing technologies. Source: Lakeshore…

Overcoming the challenges of cryogenic magnetic field measurements

With the growth in use, complexity, and strength of superconducting magnets, the need to characterize the fields they produce is growing as well. There are a multitude of complicating factors that make this a challenging prospect. There are many options for taking a measurement in this situation, but how do you know whether the reading you take it really measuring what you think you’re measuring? Source: Lakeshore…

How does a demagnetizer work? YouTuber uses our teslameter to find out

In the words of our favorite YouTuber, “I have always wondered how the inexpensive magnetizer-demagnetizer tool works. What’s inside it? And why are there stairs inside the demagnetizer opening?” Watch Brainiac75’s latest video, in which he sets out to answer these questions with the help of our F71 teslameter (while also offering a preview of the instrument’s forthcoming live plotting feature): Source: Lakeshore…