Kistler has commissioned an additional calibration unit for torque sensors on its Lorch
production site. Acceptance and accreditation by the DAkkS (formerly DKD) in
December 2009 means Kistler's Center of Excellence for Torque Sensors now has two
high-precision calibration units approved by this German accreditation body.
The new system for sensors with a torque rating of up to 5 000 Nom is a machine with a
sliding weight, automated calibration sequence and automatic disturbance variable
compensation. New software now allows automated adjustment and calibration of
torque sensors. The very low best measurement capability of 100 ppm is a sound basis
for extremely accurate development and calibration of torque sensors. Outside the
"Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt" in Brunswick there are only two other
calibration units in Germany with similar characteristics and best measurement
capabilities for this type of measurement.
As the new unit likewise determines the best measurement capability of the calibrated
sensors, in future Kistler can also issue its customers calibration certificates that are more detailed in this respect. These best measurement capabilities (BMCs) relative to the measurement are 1 000 ppm (1 to 5 Nom), 500 ppm (5 to 10 Nom), 200 ppm (10 to
20 Nom) and 100 ppm (20 to 5 000 Nom).
Under DAkkS registration number DKD-K-37701, Kistler's Lorch production facility is
listed as an accredited calibration center of the German Calibration Service for the
measurand of torque to ISO 17025:2005. In addition to the new calibration system,
Kistler has been operating in Lorch a similarly DAkkS-accredited system for torques up
to 3 000 Nom since 2004. Kistler also provides test equipment calibration, factory
recalibration and DKD class 0,05 (measuring range 20 to 5 000 Nom) calibration.
Comprehensive operational testing and wide-ranging documentation round off the
complete calibration service.
During calibration, torque sensors are loaded with defined torques and the matching
measurements of the sensor recorded. The magnitude of the load is accurately known,
as it is measured with reference sensors calibrated by the Physikalisch-Technische
Bundesanstalt. This ensures demonstrable traceability of the accuracy of the units that
guarantees the measurement results obtained in calibrating torque sensors.
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