Launch of a mobile calibration unit at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards

Launch of a mobile calibration unit at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards

Dar es Salaam, 16 May 2008 - A mobile calibration unit which will test the measuring equipment of businesses and laboratories across Tanzania has been launched by the Deputy Minister of Industry Trade and Marketing, Dr Cyril Chami at the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) in Dar es Salaam today (Friday, May 16, 2008).

The calibration van, which will be operated by TBS in collaboration with the Weights and Measures Agency (WMA), cost Tsh 422.8 million ($US 354,000) and has been provided by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Swiss Cooperation. It will carry instruments which will test the accuracy of measuring equipment used by businesses, organisations and laboratories of all types. The instruments can precisely evaluate the accuracy of equipment which measures mass or weight, pressure, temperature, dimension and electrical current.

The calibration service which will operate across Tanzania will benefit a wide range of  stakeholders, including public and private laboratories, businesses such as cement factories needing to get the exact combination of raw materials in order to produce a high quality product, hospitals weighing drugs accurately, small manufacturing industries which need to ensure the pressure gauges on machines are correct as well as many food based businesses.

Launching the calibration van at TBS, the Deputy Minister of Industry Trade and Marketing, Dr Cyril Chami said: ‘I am proud to inform the general public that this facility will enable TBS metrology laboratory to transport sensitive calibration standards to its esteemed customers and provide services at their factories or testing laboratories without compromising to the required precision.  Interruptions and associated risks in the industrial processes and testing laboratories caused by taking away and transporting testing devices to TBS, will now be minimized if not completely eliminated.’

UNIDO and Swiss Cooperation have been building the capacity of TBS so that its testing capacity meets internationally accepted standards. This will help potential exporters to certify their products. Products that meet these standards are more likely to gain access to international markets.