According to Instrument Hire, which is a BS EN ISO 90002:1994 quality certified concern, and part of the Building Services Research and Information Association BSRIA) at Bracknell, there has been a steady and significant growth of companies providing instrumentation for hire or rental.

This is attributed to several factors, such as the fact that the high technology in instrumentation today for measuring and analysing performance which provides more detailed data, with built-in facilities to store information is not cheap.

Potential users may find that initial high cost hard to justify and the availability of equipment for hire provides a solution both for the one-off measurement application and for a low cost way for the potential user to evaluate various instrument types for application suitability prior to purchase.

Instrument Hire states that it probably carries one of the widest ranges of instrumentation available for hire in the UK.

There are 16 distinct groups of instrumentation listed in Instrument Hire’s latest catalogue, including equipment for airflow, pressure, temperature, humidity, water flow, electrical and frequency measurement, smoke testing and duct leakage equipment. There are also instruments for combustion, gas, environmental, sound and vibration analysis. Building survey and recording equipment, plus a complete range of probes and accessories.

Under each instrument group heading there is generally a further broad selection of related equipment identified to enable the most suitable instrument to be selected for each particular application.

The hire organisation says that all instruments are calibrated at least once a year and always checked prior to each rental to ensure that they are operating within required calibration limits. Equipment can also be programmed and customised to client requirements in the BSRIA Laboratory and supplied as a tested package, saving time at site and consequential hire costs. Alternatively, Instrument Hire will provide an on-site installation service at a nominal charge.

Instrument Hire’s service includes a Helpline, available to discuss each particular client’s requirement and assist with the selection of the most appropriate equipment.

The organisation says that all its equipment is tested, calibrated and available for collection at Bracknell or delivery within 24 hours, with same day service available to some areas of Britain.

Catalogue lists 16 distinct groups of instrumentation.

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