North American Calibration Services Market
Deliverable Type: Market Research
Date Published: 2 Jul 2004
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Onsite Calibration to Reduce Manufacturing Industries’ Reluctance to Calibrate Instruments

The economic slowdown has compelled manufacturing industries to think twice before calibrating their instruments. They would rather optimize usage of their existing equipment than create downtime and increase basic operational expenses by sending their instruments for calibration. However, the turnaround time can be reduced substantially if the calibration is done on-site but only if the volumes are adequate and the applications, critical. This will reduce downtime, save transportation costs for customers, and lower risks in carriage. Service providers can also acquire or retain customers by offering low-cost non-accredited services for certain non-critical applications.

This Frost & Sullivan research examines the North American calibration services market. It offers revenue forecasts by market segments and covers key drivers and restraints affecting market growth. It also provides industry challenges and strategic recommendations to overcome them. The different types of calibration services covered in this research are electrical, mechanical, thermodynamic, and physical.

Regular Calibration Leads to Improvement in Manufacturing Quality and Ensures Demand for Calibration Services

Industries have various instruments to monitor the production process and it is critical to check and maintain these instruments to achieve optimum results. "Once the instrument is calibrated, it helps ensure consistency of end products and their compliance to their specification levels," says the analyst. This drives manufacturing industries to calibrate instruments at regular intervals and thereby, ensure the growth of calibration services market.

Frequently monitored operational parameters and standards calibrated at regular intervals help guarantee consistent product quality. This would make certain that there are fewer rejections at the quality assurance stage, smaller number of rework cycles on rejected products, lower warranty costs, and increased production yields. All these are strong motivational factors for organizations to calibrate their process instruments regularly.

Outsourcing of Calibration Services by Manufacturing Industries Drives Growth

Industries have downsized their work force and started concentrating on their core competencies to stay profitable during the economic slump. This change in operating structure has resulted in the outsourcing of calibration requirements to third-party service companies, giving the calibration services market a shot in the arm. This move also eliminates the organizations’ need to maintain a staff for associated activities such as maintaining history of calibration and ensuring optimum operating condition of instruments since they are taken care of by the service companies.

"A large portion of calibrations that are being done in-house (captive labs) are likely to be outsourced and form the potential market for third-party service providers and OEMs expanding to meet the growing demand for outsourcing," notes the analyst. In fact, third-party calibration service providers constitute nearly 25 percent of North America’s calibration services market.

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