Suppliers and distributors of petroleum products can now have their fuel delivery tankers calibrated for accuracy at the Metrology and Instrumentation Laboratory (MIL) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) located at Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.
Engr. Wilbert Balingit, laboratory-in-charge, said that the new calibration service is being offered to serve the needs of local oil companies who are required by government regulations to have their road tankers calibrated for accuracy once a year. The DOST-MIL has the capacity to calibrate fuel tankers with capacities of 5,000 to 50,000 liters. The process usually takes from four up to eight hours depending on the capacity of the tankers. Test fees range from P600 to P3,900.
Once a tanker is calibrated according to the required standard, it is set and sealed and a certificate of calibration which is good for one year is issued. “It actually benefit both the supplier and the distributor as a calibrated road tanker protects against loss of fuel,” added Engr. Balingit as he encouraged suppliers of petroleum products and owners of gasoline stationsin the region to avail of the service.
With its expanded range of services, the DOST-MIL is also offering temperature calibration of refrigerated vans used for delivering meat products, both fresh and processed. This service is geared towards assisting food processing firms comply with regulations on the transport of said food products
A road fuel tanker is shown being prepared for calibration at the DOST-MIL. Interested parties who may wish to avail of the service can contact the Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (DOST-RSTL) at telephone numbers 045-455-0594.
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