INTRODUCTION. The successful operation of a calibration team depends
upon the role played by each and every member of the team. Although you, as
a calibration specialist, may not be a team chief, it is important that you
understand the team chief's management responsibilities. As a part of the
team, you are in a position to help the team function smoothly in its
mission. This lesson covers before, during, and after loop operations.
a. TMDE support teams perform secondary transfer calibration of TMDE
within the area of responsibility of the calibration company, and they
provide technical advice and assistance to supported units as required.
These teams also perform repair to supported units' TMDE, when effecting
these repairs will not jeopardize the calibration team's schedule.
We have followed the calibration chain from NBS through the US Army
Standards Lab (USASL) to the secondary reference laboratory (Army Area
Now we will discuss the portion of the chain that
fulfills the purpose of calibration - calibrating owning/using units TMDE.
The USASL and the various AACL calibrate less than 1% of customer owned
equipment. It is easy to see then, that the calibration teams perform much
of the mission of the Army's calibration program. AR 750-25, TB 750-25, TB
43-180 and TM 38-750 describe and layout the calibration program.
publications also provide the management tools.
But it is the personal
integrity of each and every calibrator that makes the program work.
b. TMDE support teams are normally mobile to permit their movement by
ground (or by air when required) to the supported unit's site.
transfer team is equipped with necessary tools, secondary transfer
standards, and if mobile, expansible vans in which equipment is transported.
The vans, when expanded, provide a suitable work area for team calibration
CALIBRATION CYCLE. During this lesson, we will be primarily concerned
with the duties of the team chief and team in before, during, and after
cyclic calibration operations. These duties may vary from one calibration
to another, due to the local operating procedures. However, certain basic
duties will remain at all locations.
a. A team's calibration cycle basically consists of the following:
(1) Secondary reference calibration of secondary transfer standards
as specified by TB 43-180.