Twin Cities Section (1311)

Twin Cities Section Coordinator

Full NameOrganizationMailing AddressWork PhoneEmail
Cory Otto, MsEMBoston Scientific Corp.Two Scimed Place, B226 Maple Grove, MN 55311-1566 UNITED

Upcoming Meetings and Events

NCSLI Twin Cities Section Meeting (1311)

Wednesday February 7, 2018
Please Join Us!

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Meeting Overview:

Please join the NCSLI Twin Cities region 1311 as we learn from one another on a variety of metrology topics, network with our peers, stay connected with the international metrology community, and have fun!

Meeting Contact Person:
Cory Otto

Meeting Date & Time:
Wednesday February 7, 2018 
8:00 AM to 3:15 PM

Cost to attend meeting: 
NCSL International
Complimentary Training Session

Meeting Sponsor:

Meeting Location:

Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria St. N
Shoreview, MN 55126


Google Maps

Highway 96 to Victoria St. N. Turn right into the parking lot shared by the Mounds View public schools district center, Ramsey County library, and Shoreview City Hall.

Brian Downie
Precision Repair & Calibration
9150 Isanti Street N.E.
Blaine, MN 55449
(763) 784-1704


Meeting Speakers:

Topic: The Complexities of OEM NIST Traceability
Speaker: Doug Stohr, TSI, Inc.

An overview of the challenges original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face in the metrology of nanoparticle/particle, flow, and velocity instruments without NIST standards.

Learning Objective: 
Understand the challenges OEMs face when NIST traceable standards are not available.

Topic: The Contract Process – Communicating Calibration Requests 
 Travis Gossman, Rockwell Collins 

An overview and best practices of communicating calibration needs to your vendors.

Learning Objective:
Understand best practices for establishing contracts with calibration vendors to best communicate your calibration needs. 

Topic: Panel Discussion - Developing and Interpreting  Equipment Calibration Specifications  
Speakers: Gary Martz, Boston Scientific; Satish Pragalsingh, Medtronic; and Kevin Rust, MTS

A panel discussion on how to develop or interpret calibration specifications when they are not explicitly published by the original equipment manufacturer.

Learning Objective:
Learn from several members of industry on how to develop and interpret specifications when they are not clearly documented. 

Topic: Best Lessons Learned from FDA Warning Letters 
Speaker: Walter Nowocin Medtronic 

Over the past five years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has intensified their compliance oversight with increased Quality System Surveillance Inspections and increased Warning Letters being sent to Healthcare companies. Warning Letters are issued only for violations of regulatory significance.

The good news is that the FDA publishes all Warning Letters on their web site as a public service. And they have a very easy search engine that allows you to find Warning Letters that contain topics particular to your industry or job.

This paper reviews calibration related FDA Warning Letters generated over the past five years to select the best ten examples. We will analyze the best Warning Letter examples and discuss best practices that would avoid these violations. With this knowledge, we can learn from these violations and ensure that our metrology programs do not negatively impact the cost of quality of our organizations.
Learning Objective:
Learn how to avoid common calibration compliance pitfalls.

Meeting Agenda:

7:30 AM

8:00 AM


8:00 AM

8:15 AM 

Welcome/Attention Grabber

8:15 AM 8:30 AM Host Presentation

8:30 AM

9:30 AM

Doug Stohr, TSI: The Complexities of OEM NIST Traceability

9:30 AM

10:00 AM

Break/ Networking

10:00 AM

11:00 AM 

Travis Gossman, Rockwell Collins: The Contract Process – Communicating Calibration Requests

11:00 AM

11:45 AM 

Cory Otto, Boston Scientific: NCSLI update and announcements. Group picture.

11:45 AM

12:45 PM 


12:45 PM

1:00 PM 

Door prizes

1:15 PM

2:15 PM 

Panel discussion: Developing and Interpreting  Equipment Calibration Specifications

2:15 PM

3:15 PM

Walter Nowocin, Medtronic: Best Lessons Learned from FDA Warning Letters (2017 NCSLI Annual Conference Best Paper Award - Quality Management)

3:15 PM

3:30 PM 

Door prizes

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