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Calibration Principles

Download and read Chapter 1 of Calibration: A Technician’s Guide by Mike Cable at

The following topics are covered in Chapter 1:

Chapter 1 Calibration Principles

1.1 What Is Calibration?

1.2 What Are the Characteristics of a Calibration?

1.3 Why Is Calibration Required?

1.4 Who Performs Calibrations? – The Control System Technician

1.5 Characteristics of a Control System Technician

1.6 Loop Calibration vs. Individual Instrument Calibration

1.7 Bench Calibration vs. Field Calibration

1.8 Classification of Instruments

Chapter Summary

Review Questions

 Calibration: A Technician’s Guide is available from Amazon.

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Best Practices for Live Measurements

Keep Your Eyes on the Job at Hand

Measuring live voltages and current in today’s high energy environments can result in a severe hazard to equipment and users if proper precautions are not applied. Given the risk of transients, surges, and old-fashioned human error, it always pays to follow safe work practices and use test instruments rated for the voltage or current you’re measuring.

Whenever possible, work on de-energized circuits and follow proper lockout, tag-out procedures. If you have to work on live circuits, following the steps below will improve your measurement practices and help reduce any hazard.

Safety considerations for live measurements: keep your eyes on the job at hand from Fluke

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