The Army Calibration System.
become mandatory. Associated with the various types of instrumentation is a
vast quantity of test measurement and diagnostic equipment (TMDE) that is
used to verify the operational readiness of instrumentation. Test equipment
may be mechanical, hydraulic, electronic, or any combination of these three
In order to assure a compatibility of measurements between
instruments, instruments and systems consistant with required accuracies an
organized system for continual validation is required. The Army calibration
system has been established to meet this need. By means of this system, a
single source calibration support is provided to insure the accuracy of TMDE
used in the research and development, industrial.
and field service
functions of the US Army. This accuracy, derived from the National Bureau
of Standards and maintained by US Army calibration facilities, insures
consistency of measurements from the development state, through production,
to field support of an end item that may be deployed throughout the world.
The end item may be associated with missile, avionic, communication, fire
control, automotive, or nuclear weapons systems; thus, a complete spectrum
of functions is involved.
The importance of calibration should not be
underestimated (see figure 1).
Calibration can make the difference.