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…

Stepping on the gas with the UK’s National Grid[Case Story]

  Beamex’s automated, paperless calibration solution has helped National Grid streamline its calibration processes and save a huge amount of time and money in the process. In this blog we take a look at what can be achieved with a combination of the right hardware, software, and expertise. …

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…

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…

Improving efficiency and ensuring compliance in the pharmaceutical industry

Today, it seems like everyone is talking about digitalization – and for good reason. Done properly, digitalization can unlock a whole host of benefits for companies including greater efficiency, cost savings, and the ability to do data analysis. But in order to harness these rewards, digitalization needs to be carried out in a smart way – especially in the pharmaceutical industry where compliance and patient safety are the key drivers. …

Pressure Calibration [eBook]

  In this blog post, we want to share a free educational eBook on Pressure Calibration and other pressure-related topics. The eBook is titled “Calibration Essential: Pressure” and we have developed it together with Automation.com, a media brand of the International Society of Automation (ISA).  Some of these articles have been previously posted in the Beamex blog, but now we have collected several pressure-related articles into one handy eBook.   …

Manual Data Entry Errors

  Many businesses still use a lot of manual entry in their industrial processes. This is despite the fact that it is commonly known and accepted that it is a slow and labor-intensive process and there are always human errors related to manual data entry – Human errors are natural. It is commonly accepted that the typical error rate in manual data entry is about 1 %. What does this 1 % mean in practice in calibration processes, and how…