By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – About 20 participants from sugar and coconut milling companies and planters associations in the province participated in a training on weighing scale calibration recently at the Sugar Bowl of Asociacion Agricola de Bais y Tanjay Inc. (AABT) in Bais City, Negros Oriental.
Organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the training aims to give importance on the calibration of industrial weighing scales on various applications and the acceptability level on error readings of weighing scales in the market.
Information Oficer Sean Adrian Guardiano of DOST said large industries are required to calibrate their weighing scales to avoid sanctions that may be imposed to them by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) once they will be found violating, as provided under Republic Act 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.
The Act is the policy of the State to protect the interests of the consumer, promote his general welfare and to establish standards of conduct for business and industry.
“The activity is in cooperation with Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NOCCI), DOST 7 and DOST NIR. Engr. Roberto Edra, the laboratory head of DOST-7 Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) was the resource person during the training,” said Guardiano.
During the seminar, Edra expounded on metrology, calibration, mass, measurement standards, traceability, classification of weights and calibration of weighing scales.
Other topics on basic calibration principles, metrology in the Philippines, traceability, classification of balances, computations on maximum permissible errors and the relationship between mass and weight.
The speaker also discussed proper care of weights, methods of weighing, weighing errors and their causes, minimum accuracy class of weights used with weighing instrument and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML).
“The starting point of International Standards begins with the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM). Its mandate is to provide the basis for a single coherent system of measurements throughout the world. It directly disseminates units and coordinates international comparisons of national measurement standards as well as performing calibrations for member national metrology institutes ,” Edra added. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first publihsed at PIA Website on Dec. 12, 2016)