What is Metrology

Metrology is the science of measurements and its applications. Metrology is central to manufacturers, suppliers and customers of goods and services. All groups must have confidence in the accuracy and reliability of the measurements made at every level of trade. The following questions in all human activity can be anwered using metrology;
what time is it?
how much do I weigh?
how cold is it,what tyre pressure do I need?
How far is Livingstone from Lusaka?
These are among the everyday questions we ask that metrology seeks to give exact meanings to.The SI system enables a common understanding of what is meant by measuerements. Metrology facilitates world trade and eliminates technical barriers to trade by having common measurement references.
What services are offered by the Metrology department?
Services offered in Metrology include
a.    Provision of Measurement traceability to SI Units
b.    Calibration of instruments
c.    Consultancy in measurement technology


What is Calibration?
Calibration is a process of comparing an unknown measurement to a known standard measurement of higher accuracy. It is a necessary part of the processes such as manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance, where various measurement instruments are utilized. Calibration exists to enable worldwide uniformity of measurements.
Thus for locally produced goods to be internationally competitive, the use of calibrated measuerement instruments at all levels of industrial production should not only be a requirement, but an absolute prioirty.
What is the purpose of calibration?
There are four main reasons for having instruments calibrated:
1.    To ensure readings from an instrument are consistent with international measurements of the same scale e.g., Mass, Temperature readings etc.
2.    To determine the accuracy of the instrument.
3.    To establish the reliability of the instrument i.e. that it can be trusted.
4.    To determine the stability of a measuring instrument
The Zambia Bureau of Standards Metrology Laboratories (ZABSML) houses national measurement standards for 8 different fields of Metrology namely:


a)    Mass                    ( e)   Length                                ( i) Humidity
b)    Dimension             ( f)    Pressure
c)    Volume                 ( g)   Force
d)    Temperature          ( h)   Electrical Metrology

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Metrology


What is Calibration?


Calibration is a process of comparing an unknown measurement to a known standard measurement of higher accuracy. It is a necessary part of the processes such as manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance, where various measurement instruments are utilized. Calibration exists to enable worldwide uniformity of measurements.
Thus for locally produced goods to be internationally competitive, the use of calibrated measuerement instruments at all levels of industrial production should not only be a requirement, but an absolute prioirty.
What is the purpose of calibration?
There are four main reasons for having instruments calibrated:
1.    To ensure readings from an instrument are consistent with international measurements of the same scale e.g., Mass, Temperature readings etc.
2.    To determine the accuracy of the instrument.
3.    To establish the reliability of the instrument i.e. that it can be trusted.
4.    To determine the stability of a measuring instrument
The Zambia Bureau of Standards Metrology Laboratories (ZABSML) houses national measurement standards for 8 different fields of Metrology namely:


a)    Mass                    ( e)   Length                                ( i) Humidity
b)    Dimension             ( f)    Pressure
c)    Volume                 ( g)   Force
d)    Temperature          ( h)   Electrical Metrology

Certification
Training