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Press Release: Trescal acquires three companies to strengthen leadership in Europe and the United States

Paris, France – June 9, 2022 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Cincinnati Precision Instruments (CPI) in Ohio, USA, CRT Cleanroom-Technology in Germany and Switzerland and Electronica Industrial de Alverca (EIA) in Portugal. These three companies add €16 million in total sales. Acquisitions since OMERS invested now total 42.

Established in 1962, Cincinnati Precision Instruments provides calibration services in nine accredited domains, with strong capabilities in humidity, hardness and pressure. CPI mainly serves the automotive and aerospace industries. This acquisition allows Trescal to extend its geographic coverage to southern Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

CRT Cleanroom-Technology operates two laboratories in Alsdorf, Germany, and Stein, Switzerland, to provide cleanroom qualification, measurement and calibration services. This acquisition strengthens Trescal’s existing life sciences expertise in Central Europe. CRT Cleanroom-Technology offers extensive capabilities in airborne particle counters, microbial air samplers, thermal process qualification and flow visualization to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical clients.

Founded in 1989, EIA comprises two accredited laboratories in Lisbon and Porto, serving mainly the life science and food and beverage industries. EIA’s comprehensive set of accreditations expands Trescal’s calibration, testing and legal metrology scopes in the Iberian peninsula. With this acquisition, Trescal becomes the leading provider of calibration and qualification services in Portugal.

Guillaume Caroit, Trescal CEO: “These acquisitions embody our will to further develop our services for life science and food and beverage clients. Together, these industries will represent close to 25% of our sales by the end of 2022.”


ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.


CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tel : +33 (0) 6 02 13 33 84

In-situ calibration

Testing accreditation for life-saving pulmonary ventilators

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – April 26, 2022 –

In the face of COVID-19, Trescal Brazil and MEC-Q, a Trescal company, banded together with automobile manufacturers, technical and engineering schools, maintenance entities, the medical community and regulators to fight against the pandemic. As the country faced high infection rates, its largest work group came together to support the medical community by fixing old pulmonary ventilators for use in hospitals. As the world leader in testing and calibration services, Trescal was proud to back this effort by providing periodic and post-repairs testing services. The process Trescal and MEC-Q developed for this at the height of the pandemic has since been evaluated independently and accredited.

What are pulmonary ventilators?

Pulmonary ventilators provide invasive ventilation for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients. Beyond the function of moving air into and out of a patient’s lungs, pulmonary ventilation with the correct equipment parameters can actually be used as a form of therapy.

Equipment adjustment protocols are specific to the illness treated, and incorrect or inappropriate adjustment may not only go against healing but can also damage the lungs. There is also a risk of electric shock if the equipment is not fit for use. It is therefore essential that all pulmonary ventilators be tested regularly to ensure they meet both performance and electrical safety specifications.

Collaborating to create a new testing process

In 2020, global demand for pulmonary ventilators exploded as they became the number one necessity for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. In response to a market shortage in Brazil, a group of automobile manufacturers including FCA, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Renault, Scania, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen, companies like Vale and AcelorMittal and institutions such as SENAI worked together to repair unused ventilators for use in hospitals. Honda asked for Trescal’s support in testing the repaired machines to ensure they would perform well and durably.

Trescal executed visual inspections, conducted electrical safety and performance tests including Fluke standards and provided reports. Numerous maintenance companies and laboratories were invited to participate in the repairs and tests and, of course, the service was offered free of charge as part of this humanitarian effort made by the nation’s businesses. With Trescal’s testing support, several life-saving ventilators have been tested as fit for use. 

The move to accreditation

MEC-Q, a Trescal company, developed the testing procedure for pulmonary ventilators in accordance with the IEC 62353 standard. Once the COVID crisis began to normalize, the company joined forces with Brazil’s General Coordination for Accreditation (Coordenação Geral de Acreditação – CGCRE) to create pulmonary ventilator testing accreditation. At the end of 2020, MEC-Q of São José dos Pinhais-PR became the only laboratory accredited to carry out tests on pulmonary ventilators, with the approval of the Brazilian Network of Testing Laboratories (Rede Brasileira de Laboratórios de Ensaio – RBLE).

Immediate help with future potential

Trescal’s work in this field now involves carrying out post-repair testing and annual periodic tests in laboratory conditions or onsite in hospitals and ambulances. A test can be completed in one and a half to three hours, and Trescal currently performs two or three tests per day, including report publication. These services are deployed throughout Brazil, and other countries, including Algeria and France, have expressed an interest in the testing technology for their own medical infrastructure. 


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Press Release: Trescal Strengthens its Life Science Expertise by Acquiring Classic Technology in Ireland and CATLab in the United States

Paris, France – January 27, 2022 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Classic Technology Ltd in Naas, Republic of Ireland, and CATLab in Virginia and North Carolina, USA. These two companies add €6 million in total sales. They are the 34th and 35th since OMERS invested in April 2018.

The addition of Classic Technology allows Trescal to establish its presence in the Republic of Ireland, the 27th country for the Group. Established in 1997, Classic Technology is one of the largest Irish calibration companies. It specializes in life sciences, especially the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Founded in 1989, CATLab also specializes in the life science sector and offers accreditations in six domains including pressure, vacuum, temperature, humidity and flow. With the addition of its two laboratories, Trescal will now operate from five locations in Virginia and North Carolina, extending its geographic coverage in the American Southeast.

Guillaume Caroit, Trescal CEO: “These acquisitions illustrate our will to develop our presence in the life science sector. We plan to reach 30% of our turnover in this industry by year end. We are also proud to penetrate the Republic of Ireland, our 20th new country since 2008.”

ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.

CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tel : +33 (0) 6 02 13 33 84

Man reading newspaper

Press Release: Trescal Acquires Aviatronik in Italy and Cleanroom Management International in France, Belgium and the Netherlands

Paris, France – December 7, 2021 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Cleanroom Management International (CMI) in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and Aviatronik in Italy. These two companies add €13 million in total sales and over 100 calibration experts to the Group. The transactions mark Trescal’s seventh and eighth acquisitions this year. They are the 32nd  and 33rd since OMERS invested in April 2018.

Founded in 1991, Cleanroom Management International operates from five sites to serve a diverse portfolio of life science customers, including leaders in the pharmaceutical sector. It specializes in qualification of cleanrooms, HVAC systems and thermal mapping as well as calibration of particle counters and photometers.

Established in 1983, Aviatronik has two laboratories in Milan and Rome and is accredited in Radio Frequency. It serves 700 clients, particularly in the aerospace and defense industries.

Guillaume Caroit, CEO of Trescal: “These two acquisitions fit our strategy perfectly. Cleanroom Management International strengthens our life sciences offer in northwestern Europe, while Aviatronik’s Radio Frequency capabilities solidify our aerospace and defense services in southern Europe.”

ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.

CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tél. : +33 (0)6 02 13 33 84

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Press Release: Trescal Acquires Broadview Instrumentation Services in the United States and the Calibration Business of Sudel Industries in Australia

Paris, France – October 11, 2021 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Broadview Instrumentation Services, located in Cleveland, United States, and the calibration activities of Sudel Industries, located in Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia. Together, they add €4.5 million in sales and 30 calibration experts to the Group. These transactions mark Trescal’s fifth and sixth acquisitions this year and they are the 30th and 31st since OMERS – one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, invested in 2018.

Established in 1987, Broadview Instrumentation Services is an A2LA accredited calibration laboratory covering a wide range of domains which will enhance the Group’s local technical offer, especially in flow, to serve more than 1,000 clients in Ohio. Founded in 1991 and based in Melbourne and Adelaide, Sudel Industries’ calibration laboratories provide one-stop-shop calibration services with a special focus in the food and beverage industry.

Guillaume Caroit, CEO of Trescal: “The acquisition of Broadview Instrumentation Services embodies our will to further consolidate our leadership in the USA. We plan to make three to four additional acquisitions by the end of 2022 to expand our network of laboratories and strengthen some of our technical domains.”

ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.

CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tél. : +33 (0)6 02 13 33 84

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Why metrology is vital to understanding climate change

#Discover

Andrea Merlone © DR

To analyze climate change, we need reliable, globally comparable measurements and observations of numerous variables. That’s why MeteoMet was founded in 2011 to support climatologists by reducing data uncertainties and improving traceability.

As part of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), MeteoMet is funded by the European Union and involves some 21 nations. Today, it unites the worlds of metrology and meteorology. In the past, the two communities had rarely worked together – but both came to realize they had a joint role to play in advancing our understanding of climate change.

“Climate study is based on understanding the evolution of a wide range of different quantities, with temperature as a key observable: it is our duty, as metrologists, to support and facilitate the data meteorologists and climatologists rely on”, explains Andrea Merlone, Senior Researcher at the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM) and coordinator of MeteoMet.

Evaluating uncertainty

Today, MeteoMet has two key missions. First, it enables a better understanding of the quality of past and current data by associating quantifiable uncertainty to measurements. “Except in rare cases, climate data comes from metrological observations”, notes Andrea Merlone, “and that means multiple variables can influence readings.” As such, the team attaches a percentage of uncertainty to each measurement depending on how, when and where it was taken. This involves accounting for all potential factors of uncertainty, such as snow-reflected radiation, the cooling effects of rain or the proximity of a road, which can disrupt sensors.

Recently, members of MeteoMet were part of a team commissioned to validate two record-high temperatures of 54.0 °C, recorded in Kuwait in July 2016 and Pakistan in May 2017. After factoring in different parameters and calibrating the thermometers, the adjusted temperatures came in at 53.87 °C for Kuwait (with an uncertainty of 0.08 degrees) and 53.72 °C for Pakistan (with an uncertainty of 0.40 degrees). This makes them the third and fourth highest temperature of all time, and the highest ever recorded in Asia.

Improving accuracy

The second key mission of MeteoMet is to support the next generation of climatologists by providing fit-for-purpose data. This will eliminate the need to apply complicated mathematical formula to offset data discrepancies.

The organization’s very first project fell into this category. It consisted of improving calibration techniques in remote monitoring locations. In places like the Himalayas or the Arctic, the extreme weather means instruments are usually sent away to distant laboratories for calibration. As well as being unavailable for long periods, this means the tools are calibrated in conditions far-removed from the reality of their everyday use. After considerable work in the field, the MeteoMet team has developed special portable chambers, enabling sensors to be calibrated on site under their normal operating conditions.

Field work

“We believe it is essential to get out of the lab to understand the real needs of people on the ground”, says Andrea Merlone. Since its creation, MeteoMet included wide ranges of tasks and activities to improve instrumentation performances: from 6000 m under the sea (calibration and characterisation of deep sea thermometers) up to many kilometres in the troposphere (metrological comparison of radiosondes), to the underground (permafrost and ice caves) or on surface (reference stations for climatology), from urban environment, up to the high mountains and the poles. Recently, precious oceanographic data was gathered thanks to a sensor attached to the boat of yachtsman Fabrice Amedeo while he was competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre, a France-to-Brazil sailing competition*.

Andrea Merlone and his team are hands-on scientists. Their investigations have taken them to the Everest Pyramid at 5050 m altitude. And they helped install a metrology lab at 300 m in the Alps, in order to measure permafrost temperature with calibrated sensors.

Other achievements include performing an inter-comparison of meteorological labs in Europe and in Asia, with Africa and South America to come next. The team has also developed valuable new equipment to simulate real-world atmospheric conditions of instruments in the lab. And they’ve helped strengthen scientific relationships by launching the bi-annual conference “Metrology for Meteorology and Climate”.

Work ahead

Looking ahead, MeteoMet has plenty of projects in the pipeline – from prototyping a Climate Reference Station to leading a comparison of thermometers and solar shields in the arctic station of Ny-Ålesund, Norway.

One major goal is to find a common climate metrology definition of air temperature. “It may sound simple”, explains Andrea Merlone, “but at present there’s not an agreed definition of what actually thermometers used in climate metrology are actually measuring. The response of these thermometers is a mix of thermodynamic heat transfers, including radiation, convection, conduction, condensation, which we call temperature. The conditions of calibrating thermometers are also very important”. For example, when the calibration of a platinum resistance thermometer is carried out in a liquid, even though the instrument is destined to measure a gas (air), we have to determine self-heating component under conditions close to use (thermostatic or climatic chambers, refrigerators or non-ventilated freezer…).

Applying its usual rigour and attention to details, the team is working with 24 nations to ensure air temperature can be recorded accurately, coherently and consistently all around the world. And, for scientists of the future, that level of precision could prove invaluable as they continue to work on better understanding climate change.

* Trescal has contributed technologically to this scientific study with the calibration of the on-board temperature sensor within the Climate Reference Station

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Press Release: Trescal acquires three companies to strengthen leadership in Europe and the United States

Paris, France – June 9, 2022 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Cincinnati Precision Instruments (CPI) in Ohio, USA, CRT Cleanroom-Technology in Germany and Switzerland and Electronica Industrial de Alverca (EIA) in Portugal. These three companies add €16 million in total sales. Acquisitions since OMERS invested now total 42.

Established in 1962, Cincinnati Precision Instruments provides calibration services in nine accredited domains, with strong capabilities in humidity, hardness and pressure. CPI mainly serves the automotive and aerospace industries. This acquisition allows Trescal to extend its geographic coverage to southern Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

CRT Cleanroom-Technology operates two laboratories in Alsdorf, Germany, and Stein, Switzerland, to provide cleanroom qualification, measurement and calibration services. This acquisition strengthens Trescal’s existing life sciences expertise in Central Europe. CRT Cleanroom-Technology offers extensive capabilities in airborne particle counters, microbial air samplers, thermal process qualification and flow visualization to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical clients.

Founded in 1989, EIA comprises two accredited laboratories in Lisbon and Porto, serving mainly the life science and food and beverage industries. EIA’s comprehensive set of accreditations expands Trescal’s calibration, testing and legal metrology scopes in the Iberian peninsula. With this acquisition, Trescal becomes the leading provider of calibration and qualification services in Portugal.

Guillaume Caroit, Trescal CEO: “These acquisitions embody our will to further develop our services for life science and food and beverage clients. Together, these industries will represent close to 25% of our sales by the end of 2022.”


ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.


CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tel : +33 (0) 6 02 13 33 84

In-situ calibration

Testing accreditation for life-saving pulmonary ventilators

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – April 26, 2022 –

In the face of COVID-19, Trescal Brazil and MEC-Q, a Trescal company, banded together with automobile manufacturers, technical and engineering schools, maintenance entities, the medical community and regulators to fight against the pandemic. As the country faced high infection rates, its largest work group came together to support the medical community by fixing old pulmonary ventilators for use in hospitals. As the world leader in testing and calibration services, Trescal was proud to back this effort by providing periodic and post-repairs testing services. The process Trescal and MEC-Q developed for this at the height of the pandemic has since been evaluated independently and accredited.

What are pulmonary ventilators?

Pulmonary ventilators provide invasive ventilation for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients. Beyond the function of moving air into and out of a patient’s lungs, pulmonary ventilation with the correct equipment parameters can actually be used as a form of therapy.

Equipment adjustment protocols are specific to the illness treated, and incorrect or inappropriate adjustment may not only go against healing but can also damage the lungs. There is also a risk of electric shock if the equipment is not fit for use. It is therefore essential that all pulmonary ventilators be tested regularly to ensure they meet both performance and electrical safety specifications.

Collaborating to create a new testing process

In 2020, global demand for pulmonary ventilators exploded as they became the number one necessity for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. In response to a market shortage in Brazil, a group of automobile manufacturers including FCA, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Renault, Scania, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen, companies like Vale and AcelorMittal and institutions such as SENAI worked together to repair unused ventilators for use in hospitals. Honda asked for Trescal’s support in testing the repaired machines to ensure they would perform well and durably.

Trescal executed visual inspections, conducted electrical safety and performance tests including Fluke standards and provided reports. Numerous maintenance companies and laboratories were invited to participate in the repairs and tests and, of course, the service was offered free of charge as part of this humanitarian effort made by the nation’s businesses. With Trescal’s testing support, several life-saving ventilators have been tested as fit for use. 

The move to accreditation

MEC-Q, a Trescal company, developed the testing procedure for pulmonary ventilators in accordance with the IEC 62353 standard. Once the COVID crisis began to normalize, the company joined forces with Brazil’s General Coordination for Accreditation (Coordenação Geral de Acreditação – CGCRE) to create pulmonary ventilator testing accreditation. At the end of 2020, MEC-Q of São José dos Pinhais-PR became the only laboratory accredited to carry out tests on pulmonary ventilators, with the approval of the Brazilian Network of Testing Laboratories (Rede Brasileira de Laboratórios de Ensaio – RBLE).

Immediate help with future potential

Trescal’s work in this field now involves carrying out post-repair testing and annual periodic tests in laboratory conditions or onsite in hospitals and ambulances. A test can be completed in one and a half to three hours, and Trescal currently performs two or three tests per day, including report publication. These services are deployed throughout Brazil, and other countries, including Algeria and France, have expressed an interest in the testing technology for their own medical infrastructure. 


Man reading newspaper

Press Release: Trescal Strengthens its Life Science Expertise by Acquiring Classic Technology in Ireland and CATLab in the United States

Paris, France – January 27, 2022 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Classic Technology Ltd in Naas, Republic of Ireland, and CATLab in Virginia and North Carolina, USA. These two companies add €6 million in total sales. They are the 34th and 35th since OMERS invested in April 2018.

The addition of Classic Technology allows Trescal to establish its presence in the Republic of Ireland, the 27th country for the Group. Established in 1997, Classic Technology is one of the largest Irish calibration companies. It specializes in life sciences, especially the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Founded in 1989, CATLab also specializes in the life science sector and offers accreditations in six domains including pressure, vacuum, temperature, humidity and flow. With the addition of its two laboratories, Trescal will now operate from five locations in Virginia and North Carolina, extending its geographic coverage in the American Southeast.

Guillaume Caroit, Trescal CEO: “These acquisitions illustrate our will to develop our presence in the life science sector. We plan to reach 30% of our turnover in this industry by year end. We are also proud to penetrate the Republic of Ireland, our 20th new country since 2008.”

ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.

CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tel : +33 (0) 6 02 13 33 84

Man reading newspaper

Press Release: Trescal Acquires Aviatronik in Italy and Cleanroom Management International in France, Belgium and the Netherlands

Paris, France – December 7, 2021 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Cleanroom Management International (CMI) in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and Aviatronik in Italy. These two companies add €13 million in total sales and over 100 calibration experts to the Group. The transactions mark Trescal’s seventh and eighth acquisitions this year. They are the 32nd  and 33rd since OMERS invested in April 2018.

Founded in 1991, Cleanroom Management International operates from five sites to serve a diverse portfolio of life science customers, including leaders in the pharmaceutical sector. It specializes in qualification of cleanrooms, HVAC systems and thermal mapping as well as calibration of particle counters and photometers.

Established in 1983, Aviatronik has two laboratories in Milan and Rome and is accredited in Radio Frequency. It serves 700 clients, particularly in the aerospace and defense industries.

Guillaume Caroit, CEO of Trescal: “These two acquisitions fit our strategy perfectly. Cleanroom Management International strengthens our life sciences offer in northwestern Europe, while Aviatronik’s Radio Frequency capabilities solidify our aerospace and defense services in southern Europe.”

ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.

CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tél. : +33 (0)6 02 13 33 84

Man reading newspaper

Press Release: Trescal Acquires Broadview Instrumentation Services in the United States and the Calibration Business of Sudel Industries in Australia

Paris, France – October 11, 2021 –

Trescal, the global leader in calibration services, announced the acquisition of Broadview Instrumentation Services, located in Cleveland, United States, and the calibration activities of Sudel Industries, located in Adelaide and Melbourne, Australia. Together, they add €4.5 million in sales and 30 calibration experts to the Group. These transactions mark Trescal’s fifth and sixth acquisitions this year and they are the 30th and 31st since OMERS – one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, invested in 2018.

Established in 1987, Broadview Instrumentation Services is an A2LA accredited calibration laboratory covering a wide range of domains which will enhance the Group’s local technical offer, especially in flow, to serve more than 1,000 clients in Ohio. Founded in 1991 and based in Melbourne and Adelaide, Sudel Industries’ calibration laboratories provide one-stop-shop calibration services with a special focus in the food and beverage industry.

Guillaume Caroit, CEO of Trescal: “The acquisition of Broadview Instrumentation Services embodies our will to further consolidate our leadership in the USA. We plan to make three to four additional acquisitions by the end of 2022 to expand our network of laboratories and strengthen some of our technical domains.”

ABOUT TRESCAL

Trescal is the global leader in calibration services. It offers an array of industries a single-source solution for calibration, measurement, repair, qualification, validation and asset management across the globe. Its technicians and experts carry out accredited and non-accredited services for all measured variables and measuring instruments in all technical domains, whether physical, electrical or mechanical. Trescal’s 4,100 team members perform more than 3.3 million operations per year, including 27,000 repairs across 150,000 types of instruments and 20,000 brands.

To learn more visit trescal.com.

CONTACT

Amélie Janson

Marketing and Communications Director

amelie.janson@trescal.com

Tél. : +33 (0)6 02 13 33 84

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Why metrology is vital to understanding climate change

#Discover

Andrea Merlone © DR

To analyze climate change, we need reliable, globally comparable measurements and observations of numerous variables. That’s why MeteoMet was founded in 2011 to support climatologists by reducing data uncertainties and improving traceability.

As part of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), MeteoMet is funded by the European Union and involves some 21 nations. Today, it unites the worlds of metrology and meteorology. In the past, the two communities had rarely worked together – but both came to realize they had a joint role to play in advancing our understanding of climate change.

“Climate study is based on understanding the evolution of a wide range of different quantities, with temperature as a key observable: it is our duty, as metrologists, to support and facilitate the data meteorologists and climatologists rely on”, explains Andrea Merlone, Senior Researcher at the Italian Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRiM) and coordinator of MeteoMet.

Evaluating uncertainty

Today, MeteoMet has two key missions. First, it enables a better understanding of the quality of past and current data by associating quantifiable uncertainty to measurements. “Except in rare cases, climate data comes from metrological observations”, notes Andrea Merlone, “and that means multiple variables can influence readings.” As such, the team attaches a percentage of uncertainty to each measurement depending on how, when and where it was taken. This involves accounting for all potential factors of uncertainty, such as snow-reflected radiation, the cooling effects of rain or the proximity of a road, which can disrupt sensors.

Recently, members of MeteoMet were part of a team commissioned to validate two record-high temperatures of 54.0 °C, recorded in Kuwait in July 2016 and Pakistan in May 2017. After factoring in different parameters and calibrating the thermometers, the adjusted temperatures came in at 53.87 °C for Kuwait (with an uncertainty of 0.08 degrees) and 53.72 °C for Pakistan (with an uncertainty of 0.40 degrees). This makes them the third and fourth highest temperature of all time, and the highest ever recorded in Asia.

Improving accuracy

The second key mission of MeteoMet is to support the next generation of climatologists by providing fit-for-purpose data. This will eliminate the need to apply complicated mathematical formula to offset data discrepancies.

The organization’s very first project fell into this category. It consisted of improving calibration techniques in remote monitoring locations. In places like the Himalayas or the Arctic, the extreme weather means instruments are usually sent away to distant laboratories for calibration. As well as being unavailable for long periods, this means the tools are calibrated in conditions far-removed from the reality of their everyday use. After considerable work in the field, the MeteoMet team has developed special portable chambers, enabling sensors to be calibrated on site under their normal operating conditions.

Field work

“We believe it is essential to get out of the lab to understand the real needs of people on the ground”, says Andrea Merlone. Since its creation, MeteoMet included wide ranges of tasks and activities to improve instrumentation performances: from 6000 m under the sea (calibration and characterisation of deep sea thermometers) up to many kilometres in the troposphere (metrological comparison of radiosondes), to the underground (permafrost and ice caves) or on surface (reference stations for climatology), from urban environment, up to the high mountains and the poles. Recently, precious oceanographic data was gathered thanks to a sensor attached to the boat of yachtsman Fabrice Amedeo while he was competing in the Transat Jacques Vabre, a France-to-Brazil sailing competition*.

Andrea Merlone and his team are hands-on scientists. Their investigations have taken them to the Everest Pyramid at 5050 m altitude. And they helped install a metrology lab at 300 m in the Alps, in order to measure permafrost temperature with calibrated sensors.

Other achievements include performing an inter-comparison of meteorological labs in Europe and in Asia, with Africa and South America to come next. The team has also developed valuable new equipment to simulate real-world atmospheric conditions of instruments in the lab. And they’ve helped strengthen scientific relationships by launching the bi-annual conference “Metrology for Meteorology and Climate”.

Work ahead

Looking ahead, MeteoMet has plenty of projects in the pipeline – from prototyping a Climate Reference Station to leading a comparison of thermometers and solar shields in the arctic station of Ny-Ålesund, Norway.

One major goal is to find a common climate metrology definition of air temperature. “It may sound simple”, explains Andrea Merlone, “but at present there’s not an agreed definition of what actually thermometers used in climate metrology are actually measuring. The response of these thermometers is a mix of thermodynamic heat transfers, including radiation, convection, conduction, condensation, which we call temperature. The conditions of calibrating thermometers are also very important”. For example, when the calibration of a platinum resistance thermometer is carried out in a liquid, even though the instrument is destined to measure a gas (air), we have to determine self-heating component under conditions close to use (thermostatic or climatic chambers, refrigerators or non-ventilated freezer…).

Applying its usual rigour and attention to details, the team is working with 24 nations to ensure air temperature can be recorded accurately, coherently and consistently all around the world. And, for scientists of the future, that level of precision could prove invaluable as they continue to work on better understanding climate change.

* Trescal has contributed technologically to this scientific study with the calibration of the on-board temperature sensor within the Climate Reference Station