Department Sales & Planning
Humidity is an important factor for quality in many processes. In the manufacture of medicines and foodstuffs for example, the humidity content must be checked continuously and accurately to guarantee quality. Too much humidity can in the worst case lead to the development of bacteria and mould.
In the natural gas industry, the control of the humidity content is particularly important to prevent damage. Water vapour in the pipes causes corrosion and, in combination with methane, hydrates can form, which can lead to blockages in the flow of gas and damage to the pipes.
Humidity also affects human comfort. An over-humid room is unpleasant and can moreover cause mould formation. A too-dry room is at least as unpleasant and can cause headache and irritated eyes among other things. Furthermore, dry air depresses the natural immune system, so we become more susceptible to infections.
VSL supplies various services in the field of traceable measurements to clients including the food, medicine and process industries and accredited calibration laboratories.
Department Sales & Planning
Humidity is important for the improvement of products, the reduction of costs and the increase in human comfort. In these, humidity (and temperature) often play(s) a direct or indirect role in various processes. Examples of these maybe found in the petrochemical industry, in energy production, health care and in environmentally-related subjects. VSL also supplies its services to manufacturers of sensors and to calibration laboratories.
VSL calibrates dew-point meters directly against the primary humidity generator and humidity sensors in a climate chamber containing a primary calibrated dew-point meter and temperature sensors.
The entire calibration process, including the analysis of the results, uncertainty calculations and preparing the certificates, is automated, so that the turnaround times can be kept short.
With our thorough knowledge of measurements and interpretation of measurement data, VSL can provide you with services including:
Of course, each situation is unique. Would you like to know what we can do for you? Please contact us.
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To ensure optimum quality of their measurements, laboratories frequently hold in-house quality checks. However, over time deviations in the measurement equipment can occur that cannot be detected by these checks. VSL regularly organises (international) interlaboratory comparisons, through which your laboratory’s measurement results are compared anonymously to those from VSL as primary standards laboratory and those from other participating laboratories.
VSL organises such interlaboratory comparisons annually in the humidity field for matters including:
Need for a different interlaboratory comparison?
Do you require another type of proficiency testing? Then please let us know. We can assess the demand. Possibly there are other laboratories that would like to participate and then we can organise a loop comparison. It is also possible to organise a bilateral comparison with VSL.
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Would you like to know more about the accurate measurement of humidity? VSL offers bespoke training courses that are adapted to your specific knowledge needs.
VSL training courses are always presented by specialists in their field of work. Theory is always combined with practice.
After the course ends, you receive proof of participation.
For a complete overview of the courses planned and in order to register, please click here.
Various manufacturers of measurement instruments calibrate these in their own calibration facilities. They do this to check that the newly-produced instruments comply with the requirements, to check stability, or for periodic recalibration. Of course, the purchaser of the measurement instrument must have faith in the facility and so the measurement uncertainty is important.
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