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The calibration report of ultrasonic thickness gauges

The calibration report for ultrasonic thickness gauges includes traceability to primary standards and describes the process used to calibrate the instrument, as well as the calibration values obtained using primary reference standards.

This process involves measuring the known thickness of a standard primary sample using the ultrasonic thickness gauge, and then comparing the measured value with the known value of the primary sample.

Then helps determine if there are any deviations or discrepancies and whether the instrument needs adjusting.

This is why, it’s important to clarify that calibration is like a photograph of the instrument in its current state. Therefore, any adjustments that are required are part of a different and optional service, to be requested separately.

What information does a thickness gauge calibration report include?

The calibration report with traceability to primary standards includes the following information:

  1. recipient/addressee of the calibration report;
  2. instrument ID and specifications;
  3. technical procedure used for calibration;
  4. primary standards used for traceability;
  5. values measured by the instrument;
  6. deviation between known and measured values;
  7. calibration date (calibration expiry date is also available upon request).

The calibration report serves as proof that the instrument has been calibrated and helps ensure that it is reliable when it comes to measuring thickness.

How long does it take to receive a calibration report?

The time required to receive the calibration report for ultrasonic thickness gauges can vary, depending on several factors such as the availability of specialized technicians, the quantity of instruments to be calibrated, the complexity of the instruments, etc. However, in general, the time required to obtain the calibration report for ultrasonic thickness gauges can be estimated between 1 and 3 business days.

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Calibration Report vs. ACCREDIA Calibration Certificate: The differences that not everyone knows

As we have already seen in previous articles, the calibration report with traceability to primary standards differs from the ACCREDIA calibration certificate.

The time and cost for an ACCREDIA calibration certificate are also greater than those for a calibration report.

The customer must therefore decide which of the two documents is more suitable for his/her needs, based on, for example the specific applications of the measuring instrument. If the instrument is used for critical applications which require a high level of accuracy and official calibration recognition , then it may be necessary to request an ACCREDIA calibration certificate. However, if the instrument is used in less critical applications or for internal company use, a calibration report with traceability to primary standards may be sufficient.

To learn more about the differences, please read the article:  Quality control certificate or calibration report?

Why rely on S.A.M.A. Italia for calibration services?

If you want to ensure that your products are of the highest quality and increase customer satisfaction, rely on our calibration services with traceability to primary standards for your ultrasonic thickness gauges.

By doing so, you will be certain if your measuring instruments are accurate and reliable for measuring the thickness of your products.

Furthermore, we’ll send back your calibrated instruments quickly, allowing you to work no interruptions.

S.A.M.A. Italia is a member of UNI, the Italian Association for Standardization. This allows us to have access to the technical reference standards and to stay constantly updated on news relating to our sector.

We can therefore offer customers a highly professional service, based on technical standards and best operating practices.

We are proud to have already helped customers from various sectors and the testimonials that you can read by clicking on the image below, represent tangible proof of the effectiveness of our measuring instruments and calibration services. Don’t hesitate to read on since they are a great example of the wide range of our quality control activities.

For more information on our calibration services, contact us at:

Telephone: 0584/392342 or 392453
Email: export@samatools.it

We are at your disposal for any requests or clarification.

Quality control in automotive painting and coating is an essential part of the production process, as well as in any industry, as it helps ensure the best possible results for both the manufacturer and the end user.

This is especially true of the automotive industry, where multiple components are assembled into one product, the automobile.

Therefore, quality control can take place in several production units, even within a single plant.

Here we will talk specifically about quality control in the production unit for auto body painting and the coating of its components.

Painting quality control before production

For the painting production unit, it’s of vital importance to execute quality control on the materials supplied by the supplier before they are applied.

In the automotive industry, the incoming materials are not only paints for car aesthetics, but also different types of coatings that provide protection to very important parts such as the chassis, for lasting durability.

For best results, there are specific material properties that need to be verified prior to application. Let’s see some of them.

Viscosity

Determining the viscosity of the paint is essential in the automotive industry as it is applied by spraying the nebulized paint with special nozzles.

In most cases, the paint viscosity is so low that it atomises, but not so low as to create problems like coating failure. This is why it’s crucial to check this parameter. It also has an impact on different performance standards such as:

  • Pressure
  • Flow
  • Coating speed
  • Coating film build up
  • Color matching
  • Chemical resistance

Viscosity also has a direct impact on the paint transfer and thus on the quality of the finished surface.

In any case, the production unit dealing with automotive painting should have the right equipment to control the viscosity of the paint.

Among the most suitable measuring instruments for these applications, we must certainly mention flow cups and rotary viscometers.

Digital rotary viscometers

 

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Although automobiles were initially made of steel to balance the cost between durability and workability, aluminum is more widely used nowadays, as it’s lighter in weight without sacrificing safety.

Specifically, the paint and coatings provide the corrosion protection of these metals. Therefore, a series of steps are employed to prepare the chassis and other car components for such protection.

In general, corrosion can be reduced through pH control and the use of corrosion inhibitors.

To check the pH in the paint production unit, manufacturers can rely on tools such as portable pH meters, thanks to which, they can test the pH anytime, anywhere, quickly and easily.

Conductivity

After electrodeposition, the accumulation of excess paint that adheres to the surface, but not bound to it is rinsed through an ultrafiltration unit, to ensure the uniformity of the surface.

However, this can create a water-stain contamination problem on the coated surface. To avoid this phenomenon, well-deionized water is used.  Therefore, conductivity must be constantly monitored to ensure positive results.

For this phase, it is essential to have a reliable conductivity meter.

Portable pH meters

In photo: portable pH meters

Quality control post-production

We have seen some critical aspects of quality control before painting the body and the car components. Now it’s time to see how to ensure high quality even after the end of production.

Once the paint and coatings are applied, colorimetric measuring tools must be used to ensure high quality results. Let’s take a look at some of these tools.

Spectrophotometers

The spectrophotometer is one of the most high performing tools for painting in the automotive sector.

Two objects, which are illuminated in the same way, may have the same color, under a given light source, but a different color, under a different light source. Therefore, two objects of the same color, but produced at different times and with non-identical products, can reflect light in different ways.

Spectrophotometers use the principle of combined spectroscopy, which is to separate light according to a certain wavelength range. This way, they carry out the complete spectrographic analysis of the color, covering the entire wavelength of the painted piece, confirming the spectral curves and the metamerism.  This allows one to verify that an entire production batch has the same color, guaranteeing repeatability and consistency.

If you are interested in light and color analysis, please read this article on our blog to learn more about spectrophotometers.

Color Difference Meters

This tool, also known as a colorimeter, allows you to measure color differences to check their uniformity. To find out more about color difference meters, click here.

Professional colour difference meter

Glossmeters

The glossmeter is an interesting tool for the automotive industry as it allows one to determine the gloss and brightness of the paint; two essential characteristics that makes the car much more appealing to the human eye.

If you’re curious about how it works, read everything you need to know about the glossmeter here.

Other indispensable tools for production include:  thickness gauges for paints and coatings and hardness and cross hatch testers to check the durability of coatings. The point is that quality control is a must in this industry.

Glossmeters

You can also learn more about this topic by reading our article about the 10 Instruments for First-Class industrial Coating.

The calibration of instruments in the automotive sector

Last but not least, we must remember about calibration. These tools must be calibrated to ensure accurate and reliable results, which is why we consider it a priority service for all our customers.

Why calibrate measuring instruments?

The calibration of the measuring instruments is absolutely necessary to be in accordance with the UNI EN ISO 9001, and more specifically with paragraph 7.6,  which deals with the management of the measuring equipment.

We have already explored this important topic.

Who is responsible for the calibration of the measuring instruments?

Calibrations can be performed both by independent laboratories that offer their services to different companies and by laboratories within the company itself, as long as they adhere to the same legal requirements as external laboratories.

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When is an instrument considered calibrated?

An instrument is said to be calibrated when it’s subjected to a sort of “photograph” which helps to define the metrological characteristics of the instrument itself. This service is optional when purchasing the instrument and takes place by means of comparing measurements with a reference instrument, called a sample.

S.A.M.A. Italia can assist your company’s needs, both by providing you with the measuring instruments mentioned in this article, and by providing our calibration services.

We can issue calibration reports with traceability to primary samples, or we can provide you with ACCREDIA certificates, in collaboration with the best accredited laboratories.

Do you have other questions about the differences between these two services? Don’t worry because our technicians receive dozens of requests like this every day and are always available to assist you.

If you want your instruments calibrated but you’re not sure if you need to receive a calibration report or a LAT certificate, contact us.  There’s no obligation.

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Maintaining quality certainly involves costs, but the lack of quality or more specifically, implementing procedures to eliminate complications and non-conformities, has a much higher cost.

Furthermore, non-conformities harm manufacturers because they cause a loss of customers, in the long run.

Therefore, we can say that compliance costs depend on how much has been spent to “do things well”, while those associated with non-conformities are the costs related to how much more has been spent for “not having done things well”.

So how much does quality really cost?

To clearly evaluate quality costs and to have a clear idea of one’s situation, it is essential to define and apply a quality measurement system.

The cost of quality can be placed into four categories:

  • Prevention Costs
  • Appraisal Costs
  • Internal Failure Costs
  • External Failure Costs

Compliance and non compliance elements

1. Prevention Costs in Industrial Quality Control:

Prevention costs are the expenses associated with all planned activities aimed at preventing the occurrence of poor quality/non-conformity in products or services.

Here are only some examples of prevention costs:

  • Training for workers involved in the service or delivery of the product
  • Definition of measurement methods with related procedures and checklists
  • Equipment inspection and the purchasing of the necessary measuring and control instruments
  • Tests on samples
  • Periodic reviews of projects
  • Selection of suppliers based on service standards and specifications for materials and services purchased externally
  • Quality system audits

2. Appraisal Costs for the Evaluation of Conformity to Quality Standards:

Appraisal costs are costs that are incurred to ensure the conformity to quality standards and performance requirements.

The examples of appraisal costs include:

  • Test and inspection (receiving, in-process and final)
  • Supplier acceptance sampling
  • Product Audits
  • Calibration

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3. Internal Costs for Production Failures and Deficiencies:

Internal Failure Costs are the costs that are associated with defects found before the customer receives the product or service.

The examples of internal failure costs include:

  • In-process scrap and rework
  • Troubleshooting and repairing
  • Design changes
  • Inventory required to support poor process yields and rejected lots
  • Re-inspection / retest of reworked items
  • Failure to carry out on-site (online) calibration which can lead to system malfunctions

4. External costs associated with post-sale Failures and Deficiencies:

External Failure Costs are the costs that are associated with defects found after the customer receives the product or service.

The examples of external failure costs include:

  • Sales returns due to defective products and their subsequent replacement
  • Service level agreement penalties
  • Complaint handling
  • Field service labour and parts costs incurred due to warranty obligations
  • Product recalls / Legal claims
  • Time lost due to resolution issues
  • Company reputation issues
  • Lost customers

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Since 1994, S.A.M.A. Italia has been active in supporting companies and freelancers throughout the various stages associated with quality control.

Our know-how, which is built on our vast experience gained through precision mechanical workshops and by working with companies in various production sectors has allowed us to produce our SAMA Tools name-brand measuring instruments and to provide calibration service on all brands of instruments.

What sets us apart is the combination of our highly technical skills and the manner in which we attentively listen to our customers’ needs within the company.

By doing so, we can provide them with the right equipment to help better their production, while avoiding the problems described in point 4, regarding external failure costs.

After providing the most suitable measuring instruments, we take care of our customers by supporting them in the periodic calibration of their instruments.

But what if you own other non-SAMA instrument brands and need to calibrate them?

Those in possession of instruments of other brands can contact us without hesitation and ask for a calibration quote.  We offer both calibration reports referable to primary samples (RDT), and also ACCREDIA certificates.

This is an extremely important service that all companies that work with measuring instruments need!

It often happens that the same company needs to request an RDT for some instruments and an ACCREDIA certificate for others.

By contacting us, you can count on a single supplier, a very important aspect in terms of saving time, shipping and calibration costs, etc.

In fact, we at S.A.M.A. Italia personally carry out and issue the RDT laboratory test reports while carefully appointing the best accredited laboratories for the ACCREDIA certificates.

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Each laboratory is accredited for specific instruments so as a result, we are constantly evaluating the various accredited laboratories in order to always be sure who to send a particular instrument to.

Furthermore, based on the experience we have gained over the years, we believe that some laboratories are more thorough than others and are able to professionally and promptly respond to any post-calibration clarifications. This aspect should not be underestimated; on the contrary, it is extremely important!

This is why our customers’ instruments will only be sent to accredited laboratories that have passed our strict evaluations.

Just recently, a customer wrote to us, specifying that he absolutely did not want his instruments to be calibrated by certain laboratories, which coincidentally are not among those with which we work.

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Conclusion:  Compliance and Non-Compliance

Today, we have seen that being a quality-conscious company has its costs.  However, these costs will never be as high as those that arise due to poor quality.

The importance of quality vs. the costs of non-compliance

Quality control of the goods during the receiving, in-process/production and post-production phases, before placing the product on the market, is absolutely necessary.

To ensure that you purchase the right tools, our S.A.M.A. Italia technicians are available, even on-site, to evaluate your every need and offer you the best solutions for your measuring instruments.

The proper management of calibration intervals aims at safe and efficient production processes, which lead to quality products.

Although many companies consider calibration only as a means of obtaining a certification of legal value, calibration actually affects the overall effectiveness of the measuring instrument. This is, therefore, a very subtle point that can lead to non-compliant products and consequently serious problems and subsequent costs.

Making sure that the measuring instruments are functioning correctly, helps to prevent system failures.

It is important that companies understand what they need to do to reduce overall quality costs. This will help them improve business processes, which will ultimately lead to higher profits.

The worst type of costs to incur among these four categories are the ones related to external failures, whereby companies should do their best to try to reduce these types of costs.

For years, our company has been working hard to drastically reduce external failure costs.  We do so by checking each and every instrument, before it is packed and shipped out to our customers.

Quality assurance and strict monitoring by S.A.M.A. Italia

A careful inspection of everything we deliver obviously requires significant economic resources, but this is also what our customers have come to expect when turning to S.A.M.A. Italia for their instrument needs.

An almost 0% non-compliance average, translates into time saved and customers who in turn will receive no complaints from third parties.

It is therefore evident that spending more on prevention and appraisal costs usually leads to a reduction of internal and external failure costs.

S.A.M.A. Italia is a company that specializes in:

✔️ the production of SAMA Tools name-brand measuring instruments for your quality control needs

✔️ the calibration of instruments pertaining to all brands

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▶ Why choose us?

Because our technical staff will not only supply you with the right measuring instruments but will help you with your specific needs thanks to our many years of experience. Being a “S.A.M.A. Tools” customer means always having a consultant who will be able to provide you with that added value that will make the difference for your business.

Get in touch.

Tel. 0584/3923420584/392453

sales@samatools.it

 

 

Today, Ecol Studio Spa is a well-known company that works in various areas including health and safety in the workplace, but this company also does much more. Let’s read on to find out more.

All our customers have different stories. Some are described on their websites; others are found in books. This is the case of Ecol Studio Spa and through its founding member, we are able to read the pages related to its history, which is chalk-full of events and difficulties which were faced and eventually overcome.

The origins

Back in 1982, Guido Fornari and his two friends, founded Ecol Studio, located in Garfagnana, Lucca, in the splendid region of Tuscany.

It was a very small company that worked in environmental analysis.

Initially, the income generated was not enough to meet the needs of three families, and eventually the three friends parted ways.

Guido pressed on, also working in another company to make ends meet, but without ever losing sight of his biggest goal: to make a billion lire in 10 years!

The dream began to take shape five years later, when Ecol Studio expanded, making use of trained staff such as Mario Santi, an employee who became a very important technical figure for the company.

From that moment on, the company has grown exponentially, both in the number of collaborators, offices opened in the area and of course, in turnover, which exceeded the initial target even before the hoped for 10 year mark.

In photo: the book by Guido Fornari with SAMA Tools material

Ecol Studio today, not only health and safety

Today Ecol Studio assists the growth of companies to implement policies aimed at sustainable development.

The analysis laboratories are ACCREDIA certified, in compliance with the UNI CEI EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2018 reference standard.

The main operational areas of the company are:

Health and safety with regularly calibrated measuring instruments

Ecol Studio has always promoted prevention in the workplace, to avoid accidents and occupational diseases and ensure the physical, mental and social well-being of each worker.

It assists companies in compliance with the laws, to avoid sanctions and implement organizational and management models.

The company prepares the DVR, the risk assessment document in relation to the production activity carried out and the dangers present. In addition, Ecol carries out all the necessary measurements, with high-performance and regularly calibrated measuring instruments.

Examples of measurements include:

  • Ergonomics and manual and mechanical use
  • Noise, vibrations, electromagnetic fields, optical radiation
  • Confined environments
  • Microclimate
  • Electrical risk etc.
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In photo: some of the application fields of Ecol Studio

Environment

Ecol Studio also aims to assist companies with compliance concerning environmental regulations and to improve their green and energy performance.

These are always very delicate processes that require monitoring, compliance with delivery times and the presentation of practices.

Ecol manages everything by collaborating with the relevant bodies.

Product quality

Ecol Studio offers reliable solutions and tests to create products and implement processes that comply with the required standards, following the constantly evolving current legislation.

The generational transition of Ecol Studio

In 2021 Guido Fornari published the book entitled: “Da un sogno a multinazionale” where he writes about how he managed the generational transition of the company, by allowing his two sons to work in the company. One of his two sons, Claudio Fornari, “ate, breathed and slept” the company as a child and also had important experiences outside the family business; he was then able to reinterpret his path in an original way, gradually assisting his father at the helm of the company.

Over the years, the other son expressed a desire to create a different business and left the company.

It is a good story to read about and reflect on. It also sends a very clear message: “Children can be a great opportunity for a family business, just as the company represents a great opportunity for them. However, there must be no obligation, no pressure, no ones destiny is already written.”

In 2021, Ecol Studio S.p.A. also joined the Lifeanalytics group, contributing to the development of the largest network of laboratories in Italy at the service of companies.

“The more we are, the better we make the world! … In the last forty years, teamwork has allowed us to achieve extraordinary results together, along with our customers … Today, the same vision and the same culture allow us to take a step forward: the partnership between Lifeanalytics and Ecol Studio represents a strategic union of companies” Cit. Guido Fornari

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In photo: the history steps of of Ecol Studio

Ecol Studio collaborates with S.A.M.A. Italia to keep their measuring instruments always calibrated.

Guido Fornari, in his book: “Azienda no problem” of 2019, affirms the importance of choosing strategic partners, which allows you to conduct your business in the best and most proficient way possible.

“When it comes to professionals, surround yourself with the best if you want great performance. It is useless to save by relying on someone with little experience … It is your responsibility to choose the best partners”

Based on these premises, Ecol Studio has chosen S.A.M.A. Italia as a strategic partner for the purchase and calibration of measuring instruments since 2014.

The calibration and maintenance of Ecol instruments are performed in accordance with the reference technical standards and the recommendations of the control body (Accredia accredited tests).

SAMA Tools measuring instruments

The business areas in which S.A.M.A. Italia operates are many, including the monitoring, testing and control for the measurement of Temperature, Pressure, Relative Humidity, Air Quality, CO and CO2, Microclimate, Photo-radiometry, Air Speed, Acoustics and Vibrations.

The brand we recommend, in addition to our own SAMA Tools brand-name instruments, is Delta Ohm, an Italian company specialized in the parameters described above, of which we are authorized resellers in many regions of Italy.

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Photo by www.canva.com: SAMA Tools and Delta Ohm

Measuring instruments calibration service

In addition to measuring instruments, we also offer calibration services on other brands of instruments.

We are talking about both standard calibration reports with reference to acknowledged samples which we directly supply, and ACCREDIA certificates.

We are very careful to select accredited calibration centers with modern laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

Delta Ohm is accredited for physical quantities, such as Temperature, Humidity, Pressure, Air Velocity, Acoustics, Photo radiometry. Therefore, we are able to provide our customers with complete kits of instruments with subsequent periodic calibrations.

Our mission

Our mission is to assist customers in their quality control activities, and we are committed to providing the best solutions to meet their individual needs, as in the case of Ecol Studio Spa.

Do you need help with measuring tools to ensure high accuracy and high quality? Are you looking for advice on the best instrument for your specific needs? Don’t hesitate to contact our technical department!

Call us at 05843923420584392453 or write us at sales@samatools.it

It is known that there are very high and demanding standards for lift equipment safety. Of course, dealing with the public’s wellbeing requires the following safety regulations and guidelines.

The EU Lift Directive 2014/33/EU provides the guidelines for the safety and reliability of “lifts permanently serving buildings and constructions”.

The directive defines a lift as “a lifting appliance serving specific levels, having a carrier moving along guides which are rigid and inclined at an angle of more than 15 degrees to the horizontal, intended for the transport of persons, persons and goods, goods alone if the carrier is accessible, that is to say a person may enter it without difficulty, and fitted with controls situated inside the carrier or within reach of a person inside the carrier.”

Other devices covered by the directive include:

  • Devices for locking landing doors.
  • Devices to prevent falls referred to in Section 3.2 of Annex I to prevent the car from falling or unchecked upward movements.
  • Speed limiting devices.
  • Energy-absorbing shock absorbers: both nonlinear and with rebound damping and energy dissipating shock absorbers.
  • Safety devices fitted to the hydraulic power circuit jacks to prevent falls.
  • Electric safety devices like safety switches containing electronic components.

How does this affect manufacturers and service providers?

The application of the directive described above means that manufacturers and service providers need to comply with the directive requirements in order to get certified and to ensure that their clients and final consumers are safe.

The manufacturer or service provider must take several measures to comply with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU.

There are different steps the manufacturer or service provider needs to take in order to comply with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU. We will now focus on one of these important steps:  the verification and certification of lifts.

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Lift verification and certification according to Lift Directive 2014/33/EU

Lift verification and certification according to the directive involves a series of activities that focus on guaranteeing safety and reliability. The most relevant are:

Design verification

It refers to evaluating diagrams and specifications regarding applicable codes, standards, purchasing specifications and legal requirements.

Lift certification

In order for a lift to be certified, a series of tests and inspections are carried out on a series of specifications, codes, directives and norms applicable to lifts and their components.

Lift inspections and audits

Performing inspections and audits correctly requires a thorough examination of the mechanical, structural, electrical and safety systems, including cables and chains.

Final lift test

This is the last step of an inspection, since it refers to supervising the performance tests independently in order to guarantee that the parameters measured are correct for safe operation.

The transposition of the lift directive with Presidential Decree 23/2017

The Presidential Decree 23/2017 was published in the Official Gazette on 03/15/2017. It refers to the “Regulation concerning amendments of the President of the Republic decree of 30 April 1999, n. 162, for the implementation of Directive 2014/33 / EU relating to lifts, their safety components and their operation”.

ALPI, tthe Association of Certification and Inspection Laboratories and Bodies, has published an extract from the Official Gazette of 03/15/2017 no. 62 on its website, containing the new “Lift Decree 2017”.

Other important updates on lifts are available on the Assocert website (Italian Association for the Support and Control of Product Conformity of Professions and Certifications).

For several years now, our company has an ongoing agreement with Assocert associates, on the basis of which we offer our instruments at special discounted prices.

Write to sales@samatools.it for more details.

Lift verification and certification with Check Ingegneria e Servizi

Check Ingegneria e Servizi is an Italian company that performs inspections and certifies lifts, required by the D.P.R. April 30, 1999 no. 162.

In fact, their main objective is to guarantee that the lift safety devices and its other systems work properly.

Therefore, some of their main activities include:

  • Performing inspections and certifying lifts required by the D.P.R. April 30, 1999 no. 162.
  • Checking cranes and other kinds of lifting equipment (required by the Ministerial Decree of 11 April 2011).
  • Implementing fire prevention and periodically inspecting grounding systems.
  • Inspecting motorized gates according to the Machinery Directive 2006/42/CE.

 

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Photo da www.checkingegneria.it

 

Therefore, Check Engineering and Services takes lift verification and certification very seriously in order to guarantee safety.

They offer biannual inspections on lifts and lifting platforms which guarantees client compliance with the Presidential Decree.

As described above, all these verifications require different tests and measurements. Therefore, precise and reliable equipment is required to ensure that the results guarantee the safety required. A false result or inaccurate measurement may be catastrophic.

SAMA Tools Lift Industry Instrument Kit: The solution

Check Ingegneria e Servizi has chosen our lift instrument kit to carry out lift inspections and certifications for their clients to ensure compliance with the European directive and the Presidential Decree described above. Our kit is also compliant with the Lift Directive 2014/33/EU, and includes all of the necessary tools:

  • an analog force gauge
  • a tachometer
  • a luxmeter
  • a pressure gauge
  • an insulation tester
  • a clamp meter
  • an IP67 Caliper

All these instruments are supplied in a convenient carrying case with the corresponding calibration report.

In addition, Check Ingegneria e Servizi relies on S.A.M.A. Italia to keep their instruments calibrated by sending them to us periodically for certification.

Calibration plays an important role in guaranteeing that their activities provide highly accurate results. You can learn more about instrument calibration here.

Periodic verification of the lift directive

As we’ve already mentioned, in addition to instruments for lift inspections and certifications, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing tools and measuring instruments for different purposes, in the mechanical field.

Because our mission is to assist our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions every day.  You can read some of our customer feedback here .

Check Ingegneria e Servizi is one of many companies that have trusted us with their business and is always attentive to quality control.

Therefore, if you need help with lift industry instruments or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific needs, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.

You can reach us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing.

 

 

In the precision machining industry, there are a good number of aspects to consider in order to achieve the best possible results. Otherwise…


The quality control (QC) of the coating on commercial vessels and mega yachts is a very important process to ensure that both desired aesthetics and performance are achieved.

In fact, this is true for the entire marine sector, including new constructions and refits of ships, yachts, offshore structures and accessories.

Obviously, coatings are very important for commercial vessels and mega yachts since they are exposed to a very corrosive environment. So, maintaining the highest performance level is essential for the integrity of the vessel, along with its aesthetics.

How is the quality control of coatings performed?

There is a very important preparation and painting process before a commercial vessel or a mega yacht is ready to set sail, and it includes a quality control step.
The quality control of the coating on commercial vessels and mega yachts involves the measurement of paint thickness applied. This thickness can be measured both dry (DFT) and wet (WFT).

Dry coating thickness measurement is performed during quality control and maintenance inspections. On the other hand, wet coating thickness measurement can be performed during the preparation and painting process since it does not require the coating to be completely dry as the name suggests.

The most common coating thickness measurement instruments are coating thickness gauges. They are used to measure dry layers applied on a metal substrate, such as paint and plastic layers. A good example of these instruments are the high accuracy digital coating thickness gauges.

Coating thickness gauges work on both ferrous (magnetic) and non-ferrous (non-magnetic) metal parts. Depending on the material, the instruments will use either the Magnetic Induction or the Eddy Current measuring principle.

However, for wet coating thickness measurement, different types of gauges are used, which include the comb-shaped thickness gauges and the rolling wheel wet film thickness gauges.

Thickness gauges for thickness measurement of paint applied.

In the picture above SA8850, SAWF and SAWFR

Quality control at MCR Marine

MCR Marine Srl is a company which is formed by a group of professionals who specialize in the coating and painting industry, and provide technical support before, during and after preparation and painting on commercial vessels and mega yachts.

The service they offer not only covers the painting of the vessel, but also the preparation and coating of accessories. In addition to the sectors mentioned above, MCR Marine is able to provide assistance to the entire marine sector.

MCR Marine Srl provides two main ways to guarantee the quality of their services:
• Certified Inspectors by the major world bodies: Frosio, Nace, RMCI.
• Quality control tools and instruments properly calibrated according to the highest standards.

How calibrating quality control instruments helps MCR Marine Srl?

As we mentioned above, MCR Marine Srl prepares and paints commercial vessels and mega yachts.

Quality control is essential in their activities.

By using the right tools for the verification and evaluation of different activities such as material hardness and coating or painting thickness, they can guarantee high-quality results to their customers.

However, as with any other tool or instrument, measuring instruments need to be periodically calibrated to ensure the values obtained are really accurate.

If quality control is performed with measuring instruments that are not calibrated, the operator might make mistakes, such as requesting extra coating which can result in delivery delays or even worse, sending vessels to the customer with deficient coating which may result in premature failure.
So, how do the experts of MCR Marine make sure their tools and instruments are properly calibrated to match their high-quality standards?

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Above: Photos of a Quality Control Department (Canva.com)

SAMA Tools calibrating services: The best option

Apart from counting on SAMA Tools as the provider of their tools and instruments for the quality control for the preparation and painting process of the commercial vessels and mega yachts, MCR Marine periodically sends their instruments to our headquarters for calibration.

Shore analog hardness testers – SA6410

In the picture aboce Shore analog hardness testers – SA6410

One of the instruments, we calibrate for them is the shore analog hardness testers – SA6410 a non-destructive instrument used to measure hardness of parts made of rubber, plastic, stucco, sponges and similar materials. Other tools and instruments, we calibrate for MCR Marine Srl are coating thickness measurement instruments.
MCR Marine relies on our calibration services because we help them comply with the UNI EN ISO 9001 standards.

Moreover, in case the adjustment of the instrument is required to fulfill calibration requirements, we offer such adjustments, as a specialized separate service to guarantee their needs are covered.

Through this specialized service, the experts at MCR Marine have always been able to guarantee above satisfactory results to their customers. Working closely together has allowed us to develop a strong relationship that we are looking forward to maintain for a long time.

In the video above: High accuracy digital coating thickness gauges – SA8850

Now it’s up to you!

We strive to provide our customers with the best solution for their specific needs. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and we would be delighted to have you on board with us.

So, if you need help with calibration, or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific case, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.

You can call us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, book a video meeting.