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AUTOTESTCON 2016, Anaheim, California - Sept 12-15
Simposio Metrologia 2016, Santiago de Querétaro, México - Sept 19-23

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Oct 25-27 Hands-on Gage Calibration – Aurora IL

Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology
October 25-27, 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 information, visit:

Measuring Tiny Forces with Light

Photons are bizarre: They have no mass, but they do have momentum. And that allows researchers to do counterintuitive things with photons, such as using light to push matter around.

Recently, a group of scientists led by chemist Gordon Shaw at NIST’s Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) has been taking advantage of this property to develop devices that can create and measure minute forces, an area traditionally underserved by the metrology community. >> Continue reading from original post.

Nov 18 Fundamentals of SOP Writing – Atlanta, GA

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
November 18, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

Using the ISO/IEC accreditation standards and information provided during the class, participants will review the basic concepts of procedure structure, content, and development; will practice developing Standard Operation Procedures, both technical and administrative; and will gain an understanding of the mechanisms needed to control, review, and update procedures on a continuing basis. For more info, visit:

Oct 31-Nov 4 Assessment of Lab Competence – Frederick, MD

American Association for Laboratory Acceditation (A2LA)
Oct 31 – Nov 4, 2016 | Frederick, MD

This course is a comprehensive look at the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements and a detailed approach to the assessment of a laboratory’s competence. The course is applicable to all testing and calibration laboratories and it provides an understandable explanation of the international laboratory standard and how it should be applied and implemented. In this course, you will receive a detailed review of the A2LA accreditation process and you will also gain critical insight into the interpretation of the requirements of this international laboratory standard.  Continue reading »

Dimensional Measurement Uncertainty from Data, Part 2: Uncertainty R&R

by Ted Doiron

While check standards will eventually give the most accurate uncertainty for a calibration procedure, the time and expense can be discouraging. Another common method, standard Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility study does not produce anything like the actual uncertainty. It is possible to force variation into the R&R and get a much more useful estimate of uncertainty. This process, which I call the Uncertainty R&R (UR&R), is described along with examples of actual studies made on a typical Universal Length Measuring instrument (ULM).  Read Full Article (PDF)

Nov 16-17 ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and Laboratory Accreditation – Atlanta, GA

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)
Nov 16-17, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

This course is an introductory look at ISO/IEC 17025 and its requirements for demonstrating the technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. You will be introduced to the A2LA accreditation process and will gain insight into the interpretation of the requirements of this international laboratory standard. For more info, visit:

Humidity Calibration Using Portable Relative Humidity Generators

by Michael Boetzkes

Not too long ago, the RH calibration chambers which were appropriate for calibrating the high accuracy RH transmitters were limited to custom build chambers at the sensor manufacturer and a very small handful of commercially available units, none of which could be considered portable. As happens with all technologies, Relative Humidity generators have been developed and improved, reducing their size and making improvements to measurement uncertainties. When using the standard control sensors, these portable systems will often have uncertainties larger than laboratory based RH generators; however, these portable systems can often be improved upon by using external temperature and RH references. Continue reading »

The New ISO 17025 – What to Expect

by Dr. George Anastasopoulos

ISO/IEC 17025 was first issued in 1999 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC). It is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world, with more than 50.000 laboratories accredited, globally.

At the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) General Assembly in October 2013 the Laboratory Committee (which is composed of stakeholder representatives of accredited testing and calibration) recommended that ILAC request that ISO/CASCO establish a new work item to comprehensively revise ISO/IEC 17025:2005. CASCO is the ISO committee that works on issues relating to conformity assessment. CASCO develops policy and publishes standards related to conformity assessment; it does not perform conformity assessment activities. CASCO’s standards development activities are carried out by working groups made up of experts put forward by the ISO member bodies. The experts are individuals who possess specific knowledge relating to the activities to be undertaken by the working group. Continue reading »

Calibration Lab Vectors of Vulnerability

by Marcus Vickers

No, I am not talking about RF & Microwave calibration! In this context I am talking about the Vectors of Vulnerability through the calibration lab as it relates to Information Technology (IT) and cyber security. We all know that metrology touches everything. But what most of us don’t know is Target® didn’t get hacked; one of their service providers got hacked—specifically their HVAC vendor. And though that hack was an outside entity, it was able to gain access to many of Target’s systems, including your credit card information. Continue reading »