Optical Test and Calibration Limited is an independent calibration laboratory based in the city of Bradford in West Yorkshire, UK. Owned by its' directors and staffed by quality professionals, the company aims to provide an unrivalled level of support for test equipment calibration, service and sales.
OTC was originally founded in 1989 as the only independent UK calibration house specialising in the field of infrared light measurements for fibre optic test equipment. OTC was one of the first UK companies to gain accreditation from UKAS for fibre optics. We have continued to invest in existing and new fields of activity, with the addition of UKAS accreditation for electrical and electronic instrumentation and for illuminance measurements as part of the expansion of our radiometric calibration facility to include photometric test equipment.
Employing 25 people, OTC has a turnover in excess of £2M per year and operates from 6000 sq. ft of modern premises in a high technology development adjacent to the University of Bradford.
Paul Bateson: CEO & Technical Director
A materials scientist, experienced in specialist glass processing, and actively involved in fibre optics and related optoelectronics since 1982. Currently Chairperson of the Council of the UK Fibreoptic Industry Association.
Nicholas Alderman: Managing Director
Qualified in optoelectronics engineering in 1993, and experienced in optoelectronic and electronic testing, ATE systems, environmental testing, information technology and sales management.
Kenneth Dove: Operations Director
An experienced engineer with a background in electronics servicing, he has been involved in fibre optic manufacturing and measurements since 1980. Laboratory UKAS signatory for fibre optic measurements and Head of Optical Measurement at OTC since 1990.
Quality Assurance Accreditation
OTC’s quality management system has been registered and approved to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and our calibration laboratory meets the requirements of BS EN ISO/IEC 17025. BSI visits OTC every 12 months to undertake an in‑depth review of the operation of the quality system in order to ensure that the requirements of the standard continue to be met.
In addition, other major UK commercial organisations, such as British Telecom (BT), etc., have granted OTC quality assurance approval to supply a variety goods and services.
Certification & Results
OTC issues both UKAS and in‑house calibration certificates. The latter use the same traceability chain, but use simpler certificates that meet the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and BS EN ISO 10012:2003 standards. In all cases, full results and a unique certificate are issued in English, and as an official European Community language, are accordingly accepted throughout the EEC.
OTC Influence on Optical Measurements
OTC has contributed to international discussion and determination of measurement standards by participating in the UK working group of the International Electro-technical Committee standards body IEC TC86/ECL22/WG4.
OTC is also a member of:
The Optical Radiation Measurement (ORM) Club co-ordinated by the National Physical Laboratory.
The CIE ( Commission Internationale de l’Éclairage ) the International Commission on Illumination.
Fibre Optic Technology Network (FOToN) group involved in Photonics measurements, sponsored by the DTI and managed by the National Physical Laboratory.
Within the UK, OTC also actively supports the Fibreoptic Industry Association. The FIA is a professional industry body, whose aims are to promote high standards for workmanship and testing of fibre optic installations of all types