The most important parameter for any measurement device is sensitivity. The sensitivity can be defined as the ratio of the output parameter to the input parameter. To determine the sensitivity is to calibrate the measurement device.
A calibration is performed:
- To ensure that your measurements are correct
- To prove that measurement methods and the equipment used are accurate, for example, to prove that a measurement complies with the requirements of national legislation, standard bodies and customers
- To verify the stability of the measurement equipment, including equipment used to perform calibration
- To account for local measurement conditions, for example, variations in ambient pressure and temperature
- To ensure product quality
- To build confidence in measurement results