Gloss Meter Calibration Process
To calibrate a Gloss Meter, a number of checks are required:
- These checks start with the power of the battery and the power emitted from the source of the gloss meter.
- Additionally the lenses need to be clean and be scratch free. Special solutions are used for that purpose.
- The next step is to establish the angle that needs to be tested. These can be 20, 45, 60, 75, 85. R.A.E. Services uses a powerful Murakami system (Japan), which measures the required Gloss. By using various tiles, which are traceable to B.A.M. (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) via Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH, that are directly traceable to N.I.S.T. in the USA and N.P.L in the UK., the Gloss meter is calibrated and electronically adjusted.
- Sometimes electronic adjustments are not enough. In which case the unit, depending on its construction, is either adjusted mechanically or via software. Some manufacturers do put a password on software-adjustable gloss meters, and that stops engineers getting into the system. In those cases, we offer a calibration factor and, unfortunately, the electronic date remains unchanged.
- All tiles are ultrasonically cleaned and dried and inspected via Ziess microscopes to detect scratches, which could hinder the correct readings.
- Tiles are cleaned and dried using special lint-free tissues prior to measurement.
Some less reputable companies advertise a 6 hour sticker service. We say, "Quality starts when people care."
My question from a prospective quality manager is….. Do you care enough for the products that are produced by your company?...... If so, are you prepared to take the risk of lick and stick process?
The Test Equipment & Calibration Specialists
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