You have just had your measuring instrument calibrated, and are now the proud owner of a calibration certificate. What should you do with it? This guide explains. It is arranged in three main sections:
What is a calibration? A brief introduction to the concept of traceability and the national measurement system, and how to ensure that your measurements are traceable.
How to use the information on your certificate. How to use the certificate to calculate corrections and uncertainties for your measurements.
How to ensure that it is still valid to use the information on the certificate sometime after calibration. How to look after your instrument and how to determine when the instrument should be re-calibrated.
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