Meetings & Conferences

Quality Expo, February 11-12, Anaheim, California
2015 Measurement Science Conference (MSC), March 18-20, Anaheim, California
A2LA 2015 Technical Forum, March 20-22, Baltimore, Maryland
SENSOR+TEST, 19-21 May 2015, Nürnberg, Germany

Technical Requirements for a Portable Metrology Laboratory in Hot, Arid Regions

By Abdulaziz A. Al-Ghonamy, Mamdouh Halawa and Mohamed Aichouni

This paper presents a proposal for establishing a portable laboratory in hot, arid regions to provide the necessary maintenance services for equipment used in remote sites as on-site services. A portable, on-site metrology laboratory eliminates the need to ship instruments and reduces the calibration turnaround time, thus reducing downtime for the production equipment and lowering the cost of calibration. The proposal stresses the importance of the portable laboratory approach in hot, arid regions with typical applications such as electrical measurements

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High Attenuation Measurement of Step Attenuators

By Sulan Zhang

This paper introduces a solution for high attenuation measurement of step attenuators. Fundamentally, this high attenuation measurement method is based on the cascaded 2-port network and S-parameter theory. This method is to compute the S-parameters of high attenuation (> 80 dB) using the measured S-parameters of lower attenuation (< = 80 dB) settings, the calculations of which depend on attenuator card sequence and physical structure of the step attenuator. Such a method can measure attenuation as low as 120 dB. This is not a straight dB addition;

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Balance Calibration – A Method for Assigning a Direct-Reading Uncertainty to an Electronic Balance

By Mike Stears

Like many calibration laboratories, our laboratory provides calibrations for a wide range of instrumentation. For the most part, we calibrate the instrumentation to the manufacturer’s published specifications. As one of our services, we provide calibrations of electronic balances for customers within our company; the calibrations are performed at the customer’s location. In our experience, most of our customers are not using their balance as a comparator, but simply putting an unknown quantity on the balance and reading the displayed value. Manufacturer’s specifications for balances typically include specifications

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Metrology 101: How to Calibrate a Single Channel Adjustable Volume Pipette

By Ann Lenhardt

Training Objective: Enable the pipette user to assess the performance of a single channel adjustable volume pipette. The method used for the performance analysis is the gravimetric method.

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