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What is the difference between the Interface Gold Standard Calibration software packages?

Interface offers three primary Gold Standard software packages for the calibration of load cells or test machines.

  1. Force Comparison ICS-202
  2. Machine Calibration ICS-205
  3. Dead-weight ICS-DW

All the software packages store calibration data for reference load cells, stepped load routines, 'limits' on performance criteria (where relevant) to help dramatically speed up the calibration process especially where repetitive routines are employed also at the same time helping to maintain accuracy and reduce errors.

System no.1 - Force Comparison (ICS-202)

This system requires dual channel data acquisition using either the Gold Standard PC Boards HRBSC/SCBxx or the dual channel 9840 model 9840-2xx-x. While both systems give you all the acquisition, display, manipulation, analysis and reporting functions the Gold Standard hardware has the additional option of adding a control board that provides total automation of the loading process. Regardless of how the applied force is controlled the software relies on measurements taken at stepped loading intervals, with those from a Calibration/Reference unit being compared to the Unit Under Test and then immediately performance figures are calculated and the error graph is plotted with comprehensive calculations of any parameter being available through the extremely flexible 'Crystal' report software. In-built formats are provided for a basis of ASTM-E74 and ISO-376 calibration reports. A concise operating manual will soon be available on this link.

System no. 2 - Machine Calibration (ICS-205)

While this system can be run using the dual channel hardware required by the above package it can also be operated using a single channel system more suited to the Field Calibration Engineer. This software takes the measurements from a Calibration/Reference load cell installed in the test machine and now compares the dispalyed reading of the test machine against the reference values at each stepped load interval and calculates the test machine errors at each step with tabulated results and graphical plots being offered plus immediate results can be made available in draft prior to confirmation and a signed copy. In-built formats are offered for ASTM-E4 and ISO-7500/1 calibrations. A concise operating manual will soon be available on this link.

System no.3 - Dead-weight (ICS-DW)

As above this package can be run with the dual channel hardware but only requires a single channel to measure the Unit Under Test while it is being loaded with known value reference dead-weights. Dead-weights are recognised as the most accurate way of applying known loads and the Gold Standard software will work with any number of weight-stacks to make the task of data collection a simple task of selecting the correct library files and clicking 'Start'.  A concise operating manual will soon be available on this link.

A separate note will provide comparison details for the Gold Standard Hardware.

Although reference here has been made as 'Force Calibration' the software packages can also be used for Pressure or Torque calibrations with sensors that have strain-gauged bridge outputs or high level signals of 4-20mA or +/-10V

 

 

Last updated: 18 Jul 2011

Keywords:
gold standard, calibration, force, 9840, HRBSC, SCB, machine calibration, load cell, loadcell, load cells, loadcells, ISO376, ISO7500/1, ASTM-E4, ASTM-E74, torque, pressure

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