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Mass Metrology Seminar

Purpose:

The Mass Metrology Seminar is a two-week, "hands-on" seminar. It incorporates approximately 30 percent lectures and 70 percent demonstrations and laboratory work in which the trainee performs measurements by applying procedures and equations discussed in the classroom. The seminar focuses on the comprehension and application of the procedures, the equations, and calculations involved. The seminar includes the operation of the laboratory equipment, review of publications, standards, specifications, and tolerances relevant to the measurements. Training covers mass calibration procedures published in NISTIR 6969 and are suitable for the calibration of mass standards to OIML R111 Class M and F tolerances, ASTM classes 1 through 7 and NIST HB 105-1 Class F. Training is provided to enable the participant to correctly identify and implement the correct calibration process for each weight classification. The entire seminar incorporates statistical analysis, process measurement control methods, uncertainty analyses and generation of ISO/IEC 17025 compliant calibration reports for all measurements made during the seminar.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this seminar, using Standard Operating Procedures 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 29, and 30 and Good Measurement Practices 10, 11, 13, and 14, participants will be able to:

  • Accurately calibrate mass standards according to appropriate procedures with respect to applicable tolerances;
  • Implement measurement assurance practices to monitor the measurement standards and processes;
  • Calculate and report correct measurement results and uncertainties; and
  • Prepare calibration reports for volumetric calibrations that are ISO/IEC 17025 compliant.

Technology Requirement(s):

Participants should provide a notebook computer for the Mass Metrology Seminar and to be well trained in the development and use of spreadsheets for complex repetitive calculations. Participants must have administrative rights for the computer so that that files can be transferred to and from it as required by the seminar exercises through the use of USB memory sticks or CD-ROMs. Availability of a scientific calculator (minimum 12 digits) and familiarity with its operation is required. Laboratory Auditing Program (LAP) problems are assigned at the completion of the course to those metrologists who participate in the NIST OWM State Laboratory Program. Acceptable completion of the problems is required for NIST Office of Weights and Measures laboratory Recognition in support of mass calibrations. (See Handbook 143, Program Handbook training requirements.) Availability of a scientific calculator (minimum 12 digits) and familiarity with its operation is required.

Materials & Supplies: 

Participants are encouraged to bring template versions of the mass calibration reports issued by their laboratory as a starting point for the calibration reports to be submitted during the seminar. Feedback and suggested changes to ensure ISO/IEC 17025 compliance will be provided during the seminar. Generation of calibration reports will be required, so come prepared. A number of notebooks and course materials will be provided, so please ensure you have extra luggage space to carry these items. A copy of NIST Special Publication 1001, Basic Mass CD-ROM, will be mailed out to registrants. Participants are strongly recommended to complete the material on the CD. Completing the CD should take 16 to 40 hours.  

Prerequisite(s): 

Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Metrology Seminar is a pre-requisite for the Mass Metrology Seminar. The mass metrology seminar is built on the concepts learned during the Fundamentals of Metrology Seminar, applying units, measurement uncertainty, measurement assurance, traceability and Quality Management System concepts to the mass calibration procedures.

Minimum Requirement(s): 

To receive a Training Certificate for this course, successful completion requires participants to actively participate in the entire course (e.g., take notes, engage in discussions, ask questions), complete all classroom, homework, and application exercise assignments, and submit a series of calibration reports as evidence of completion of all application exercises conducted during the hands-on portion of class exercises (guidance is provided in the course).

Audience: 

This training seminar is open to industry and government metrologists.  

Cost: 

The current fee for this seminar is $4,200. Registration fees for State weights and measures regulatory officials and metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.

Instructor(s):

Val Miller,
Jose Torres- Ferrer, and
Mark Ruefenacht
Office of Weights and Measures
(301) 975 - 3603
E-mail: val.miller@nist.gov

Related Project(s):

NIST OWM has a number of other training opportunities scheduled. For more information:

Details:

Start Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
End Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Location: Gaithersburg 101/B11
Audience: Industry, Government
Format: Seminar

Sponsor(s):

NIST Office of Weights and Measures

Class No. 5297

Event Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Deadline:  Monday, July 21, 2014

Registration:

Register for participation using the Office of Weights and Measures Contact Management System. Database users must first establish an account by going to the link listed above. Follow the instructions to create an account unless you are already a registered user. Your request will be processed within one business day and then you will be sent a password so that you may begin to use the system. If you have any questions, please contact Isabel Chavez at (301) 975‑2128.

Registration Contact:

Yvonne Branden,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 3272
E-mail: yvonne.branden@nist.gov

Isabel Chavez,
Contact Management System Administrator,
(301) 975 - 2128
E-mail: isabel.chavez@nist.gov

Security Instructions:

You will need a government-issued photo ID (e.g., passport or driver's license) when you check into the Visitors Center at the entrance of NIST on Monday morning. If you will be driving, please bring your Vehicle Registration card also.

Transportation

The Washington Metrorail (light rail system) is available from National Airport (awkward with much luggage). You must purchase a ticket at the National Airport Metro station for the entire trip. Take the Blue Line from the airport, change to the Red Line at Metro Center station and take the Red Line to the last stop at Shady Grove, then take a cab to the hotel. Taxis are also available at a cost between $50 and $60. You may also rent a car if you so desire. Many of the local hotels have a shuttle to and from NIST. Please verify if your hotel has shuttle service to NIST when making room reservations.

Travel from Dulles Airport or Baltimore-Washington-International must be accomplished by car, taxi or shuttle

Visitor Information:

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/visitor/index.cfm

Technical Contact:

Val Miller,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 3602
E-mail: val.miller@nist.gov