A very worrying safety concern has come to our attention. We have been made aware that unauthorised service centres (not approved and without the necessary equipment) are “calibrating” Radiodetection CAT3 & CAT4 equipment.
CAT3 & CAT4 CAN ONLY BE CALIBRATED USING A PURPOSE BUILT ITCC TEST RIG.
UDE Ltd have the only ITCC test rig in the Republic of Ireland necessary to calibrate CAT3 and CAT4.
There is no other process manual or electronic to calibrate Radiodetection CAT3 or CAT4 equipment other than the purpose built ITCC test rig.
The ITCC calibration process updates the calibration information within the CAT3 or CAT4 and holds this information to the PCB. This can be accessed easily for verification. There is no way to manually manipulate the calibration date information that is loaded onto the unit during the calibration process and is not a software programme.
Some customers have been told by these unauthorised service centres that they CAN calibrate CAT3 and CAT4 but the dates within the units cannot be changed as they do not have the necessary software. THIS IS FALSE AND MISLEADING INFORMATION obviously contrived to give the customer an excuse as to why the date within the unit has not updated.
IF THE DATE ON THE CALIBRATION STICKER ON YOUR CAT3 or CAT4 DOES NOT MATCH THE DATE HELD TO THE PCB THEN YOUR CAT3 OR CAT3 HAS NOT BEEN CALIBRATED.
Underground Detection Equipment Ltd have received a number of these units for calibration and shockingly some of the units have NOT been calibrated for up to 3 years.
In the interest of safety we will be informing the Health and Safety Authority of this issue.
Please check your equipment it only takes 30 seconds and it could save a life. Call Denise on 0864057815 and we can talk you through it. Alternatively we can call to your offices and check the equipment for you.
Please note: CAT3 displays LAST Calibration date
CAT4 displays NEXT DUE calibration date