Meetings & Conferences

SENSOR+TEST 2016, May 10-12 - Nürnberg, Germany
CPEM 2016, Ottawa, Canada - July 10-15

Position Open: Calibration Engineer – Columbia, MD

Scantek is a worldwide leader in sound & vibration instrumentation sales, rental, support and calibration. Scantek represents the world’s most recognized companies for sound & vibration instrumentation and software. The Scantek Calibration Laboratory is IEC17025 NVLAP accredited and specializes in calibration of sound & vibration instrumentation and transducers. Continue reading »

Aug 25 Document Control and Record Keeping – Webinar

NIST Office of Weights & Measures
August 25, 2016 | Webinar

This 2 hour webinar will introduce the fundamentals of Laboratory Management System Document Control and Record Keeping that are necessary to successfully implement ISO/IEC 17025. Website: http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/5384.cfm. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Jul 18-20 ISO 17025 Testing – Chicago, IL

The International Accreditation Service (IAS)
July 18-20, 2016 | Chicago, IL

Analysis of ISO/IEC 17025 standard, Management and Technical requirements for Testing and Calibration Laboratories, IAS assessment process, Auditing techniques. For more information, visit: http://www.iasonline.org/training/.

Aug 18 Interactive Workshop: Best Calibration Practices – Houston, TX

ISA and Beamex
August 18, 2016 | Space Center Houston, TX

This technically driven and education-based workshop designed to equip engineers and technicians in the field with strategies for improving daily maintenance processes and tasks. Tactics for strengthening accuracy and quality, while saving time and lowering risks will be taught by industry experts. Find out more at https://www.isa.org/calibrationworkshop2016/.

Hacker Crackdown

By Michael Schwartz

I was recently on the road visiting my customers both new and old. During this trip I also wanted to check in with those customers we quoted but never got an actual purchase order from. I wanted to understand why they were not doing business with us. I wanted to gain a better perspective from their point. Maybe it would help us become a better company, service them better. But this trip turned out a little different. Instead I discovered many calibration labs don’t understand many of the risks associated with employees and the software that can be found on their computers. Continue reading »

Using Robotic Comparators in Mass Calibration

by Mettler Toledo

Calibrating a weight of unknown mass requires comparison to a known reference. It’s not as simple as it sounds, however, particularly when manufacturing weights or establishing metrology standards. During manual calibration, everything from an operator’s body heat to an open lab door can subtly shift results. Robotic mass comparators not only eliminate forces that disrupt weighing, they significantly improve processing speed—often with fewer personnel. Read the full article >>

3 Bar Vs. 2 Bar Universal Calibrating Machines Comparison Test

by Henry Zumbrun

There has been ongoing debate as to whether or not a hydraulic force machine that applies the force simultaneously to both the reference standard and the unit under test is more repeatable and reproducible when the force is applied and transferred with 3 bars versus 2 bars.  The debate centers around alignment of the reference standard and the unit under test.  Read the full article >>

The Effects of Loading Pad Hardness on the Calibration Results of Force Transducers

by Ebtisam H. Hassan, R. Hegazy, Gouda M. Mahmoud

Common practice in the use of force proving instruments, such as load cells, has been to use loading pads to maintain the safety for the load cell from any defects that can be occurred due to direct contact between the force transducer body and the calibration standard machine and also in the event of accidental overload. The load cell manufacturer supplies these loading pads by a certain specified hardness and stiffness according to the load cell capacity. These loading pads may be lost and other loading pads, which are not of the same mechanical properties compared to the original ones, have to be used. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the effect of changing the loading pads with different hardness values on the calibration results of the force transducers. Read the full article >>

10 Things to Know About Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

by Rob Miller

For organizations searching for options to differentiate their services, often times the most suitable way of achieving this is through accreditation to published standards such as ISO/IEC 17025.  This outside evaluation based on internationally-recognized standards improves the organization’s overall competitive advantage and showcases the commitment of the organization to quality and the integrity of the organization’s output.  Here are some things to bear in mind as you begin the accreditation process.  Read full article >>

Position Available: Program Manager – Johnson Space Center, TX

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Summary: Leads the on-site organization, has full autonomy and authority to take actions regarding contractual and performance of the SOW requirements.  Reports directly to the RSI Contracts Manager and keeps the corporate staff informed. Principle liaison between NASA/JSC Contracting Office, COR and MSCL customers. Prepares and submits all deliverables specified in the Data Requirements List. Develops training programs for the staff. Oversees and directs the MSCL’s technical and QA programs to maintain 3rd party accreditation to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, ANSI/NCSL Z540.3, ISO9001/AS9100C. Facility Security Officer (FSO) and Safety Point of Contact (POC). MSCL representative to NASA external working groups.  Continue reading »

Jul 14-15 Gage Calibration & Repair Training – Cleveland, OH

IICT Enterprises LLC
July 14-15, 2016 | Cleveland, Ohio

This 2-day hands-on workshop offers specialized training in calibration and repair for the individual who has some knowledge of basic Metrology. Course includes hands on calibration and repairs and adjustments of micrometers, calipers, indicators height gages, etc. Course also covers NIST Traceability, Certificates of Conformance, Gage Management, Standards, etc. Each student is encouraged to participate in actual calibrations and repairs using equipment provided. For more info >>http://www.iicttraining.com/

Jul 12-14 Hands-on Gage Calibration – Aurora, IL

Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology
July 12-14, 2016 | Aurora (Chicago), IL

The Hands-On Gage Calibration course is a unique, active, educational experience designed specifically for those who plan and perform calibrations of dimensional measuring tools, gages, and instruments. This course is taught at the world-class, Mitutoyo America A2LA accredited calibration laboratory in Aurora, Illinois, by experienced instructors and dimensional metrology experts. For more info & Registration: http://www.mitutoyo.com/events/seminar-hands-gage-calibration-2/

Jul 11-12 Gage Calibration & Repair Training – Hartford, CT

IICT Enterprises LLC
July 11-12, 2016 | Hartford, Connecticut

This 2-day hands-on workshop offers specialized training in calibration and repair for the individual who has some knowledge of basic Metrology. Course includes hands on calibration and repairs and adjustments of micrometers, calipers, indicators height gages, etc. Course also covers NIST Traceability, Certificates of Conformance, Gage Management, Standards, etc. Each student is encouraged to participate in actual calibrations and repairs using equipment provided. For more info >>http://www.iicttraining.com/

Looking for a Physical/Dimensional Tech and Electronics Tech – Conesus, NY

Physical Dimensional tech would be calibrating both on and off site, need to lift more than 50 lbs. At least 3 years experience in the Metrology Field for Dimensional. Duties would included but not limited to Micrometers, Calipers, Torque, Force, Compression, Pressure, Thread plugs, Thread Rings, Plain rings, surface plates to include lapping, and other items as well. The Electronics tech would also be calibrating on and off site, need to lift at least 50 lbs. At least 3 years experience. Duties would include DC/low freq, O scopes, Generators, Spectrum Analyzers, Counters, RF, and other items as well. Prior PMEL and or TMDE training is preferred but will accept any form of training with proof. If you do not know all of the items listed do not be afraid to apply we provide training. We are a ISO17025, Z540.1, and Z540.3 Accredited lab located in Conesus, NY just 20 minutes south of Rochester. We serve all of the country and all expenses are fully paid. Pay is based on experience. For more info about our lab please check our webpage www.Upstatemetrology.com.   Continue reading »

NPL News – Creator of the moving coil watt balance passes away

In memory of Dr Bryan Kibble, 1938-2016

Dr Kibble worked at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) from 1967 to 1998 as an experimental physicist. He was instrumental in reshaping the International System of Units (SI), and is best known for his conception of the watt balance, one of the measurement approaches proposed for the redefinition of the kilogram. Dr Kibble will be dearly missed by the international measurement community, with former colleagues citing his quiet and patient guidance, and praising his problem-solving skills. Go to NPL News article >> http://www.npl.co.uk/news/in-memory-of-dr-bryan-kibble-1938-2016.

Oct 27-28 Fundamentals of Measurement Uncertainty – Omaha, NE

American Society for Quality (ASQ)
October 27-28, 2016 | Omaha, NE

Learn a practical approach to measurement uncertainty (MU) applications, based on fundamental practices. Hear about MU for both testing and calibration laboratories and understand the steps required, accepted practices, and the types of uncertainties that need to be considered by an accredited laboratory. For more information >> http://asq.org/training/fundamentals-of-measurement-uncertainty_FMU.html