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Case Study: Managing Calibrations in a High Containment Lab


March 05, 2020

In critical environments handling dangerous viruses and materials, it is crucial to maintain HVAC integrity. This particular facility, a BSL-4 high containment lab, is looking for a solution to routinely calibrate their sensors. The containment rooms in this lab have concrete walls eighteen inches thick where they test dangerous strains in positive pressure containment suits tethered by dedicated airflow tubes.

Currently, the facility uses a calibration house for routine recalibrations on approximately one hundred sensors. Using a service to recalibrate sensors can be expensive, with each sensor costing up to several hundred dollars. When employing a service company for calibrations, there is a cost of time and personnel as well; the service company requires visitor registration, clearance, and an escort at all times.

The numerous routine recalibrations of their sensors prompted the facility to find equipment to ultimately save time and money without compromising calibration integrity. Owning equipment for calibrations is a wise decision for a facility performing so many calibrations on a regular basis. Performing the calibration themselves eliminates the burden of registering, clearing, and escorting a calibration service.

With an SRPM and Setra sensors operating in their HVAC space, this facility is considering the MicroCal as a solution. The MicroCal is designed to perform calibration checks on installed sensors, pressure switches, and gauges monitoring critical applications.

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