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Calibration is key to top-performing instruments

Just over twelve years ago George Maharage created Pacific Sensor Technologies (PST) after he saw a gap in the market and knew he had the expertise and drive to meet the requirements of a demanding industry. Not long after, Don Pretorius came on board and since then both men have built the company to become a reliable and go-to entity when it comes to instrumentation and sensor technology, as well as being experts in instrumentation calibration.

PST’s product lines service some of the most critical sectors in Australia’s industrial landscape including food and beverage, medical, mining, scientific and chemical.

These products are designed to not only save time and money, but to be some of the best instrumentation devices available on the market. PST’s expert staff have an intimate knowledge of what makes data loggers, temperature and humidity sensors, probes and water quality instruments tick.

One such product is the Madgetech AVS140-6 Autoclave validation data logging system.
Included in the system is the HiTemp 140 temperature data logger that is built for use with autoclaves and can withstand harsh environments of temperatures of up to 140˚C. More importantly it has an accuracy of +/-0.1˚C, which is critical for processes where temperature is a crucial measuring stick such as the sterilisation industry.

Also part of the package is the PR140, a high-precision, stainless-steel submersible, pressure data logger that can withstand temperatures of up to 140˚C. It can also store a massive 32,000+ readings in its system. It also has a built-in high-precision pressure gauge.
While it’s great to have a set of instruments such as the Madgetech AVS140-6 that help with the measurement of an array of media, if they have not been calibrated properly, then their purpose is pointless. Not only would false readings be recorded, in some cases they could lead to serious issues for the company who is using the equipment. Take the food and beverage industry for instance. Having the correct temperature on a production line is essential. Too much heat might spoil the food, while not enough might encourage the growth of harmful bacteria.

PST’s calibration laboratory has been set up to make sure instrumentation meets the standards it has been designed to adhere. These calibration certificates not only let users know their equipment is up to scratch but also proves what it has been developed to do.
The scope of the calibration covers humidity, temperature (including infra red), pressure and sound. PST can also put clients in touch with third-party calibration services that cover voltage, shock and current logger calibration.

PST advises that calibration on most instrumentation be carried out at least annually, but can vary due to the sensitivity of the equipment being tested.

Moving forward, the company wants to build on its already obtained ISO certification by also gaining National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation.While the process is long, it is also thorough, which means clients know that their products will be calibrated to perform at the highest possible standard.

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