How do you know that your measurement is the same as everyone else? By comparing all measurements to a single unit, or the international system of units (SI), you can be confident that your measurement matches your neighbor. The property of traceability, “…whereby the result [of a measurement] can be related to a reference through a documented unbroken chain of calibrations...” helps you make these comparisons. By calibrating through methods that maintain traceability, you can know that your measurement will stand the test of time.
Clearly calibration is an important part of maintaining your measurement hardware. By calibrating regularly you can save time and money, and make sure that you are meeting all the requirements of your project.
NI has a number of calibration solutions to help meet your needs. NI provides calibration services that are traceable to international standards (NIST, PTB, etc) and can help you maintain compliance to a variety of quality standards including ISO/IEC 17025 and ANSI/NCSL Z540.1. In addition to these services, NI provides manual calibration procedures and automated calibration software specifically designed for use by metrology laboratories.