Philadelphia Section (1123)

Philadelphia Section Coordinator

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Donna Lodek(215) 715-9405donnalodek@verizon.net1123 - Philadelphia Section

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

NCSL International Philadelphia 2-Day Section Meeting & Training Event  (1123)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 & Thursday, April 20, 2017
$150 NCSLI Member / $250 Non-Member
Please Join Us!

NCSLI Section Meeting and Training Event Overview:
The Philadelphia section will be offering a Spring Meeting and Training on April 19 & 20, 2017 offering hands-on training demonstrating many of the variables that can impact product development, production and testing. The hands-on training will be divided into (5) sessions, with classes running consecutively with topics and information focusing on calibration and testing laboratories. This event is suggested for dedicated laboratory and test engineers and technicians, metrology staff, instructors, laboratory supervisors, and quality professionals. This meeting provides an opportunity to learn, network and share ideas.


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Meeting Contact:
Donna Lodek
(215) 715-9405

Meeting Date & Time:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 and Thursday, April 20, 2017
2-Day Section Meeting and Training Event
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM  Wednesday and Thursday

2-Day Cost:
$150 NCSLI Member / $250 Non-Member
Meeting Location:
Exelon PowerLabs
175 North Cain Road
Coatesville, PA 19320-2309

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Courtyard by Marriott
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Meeting Host and Sponsor:
Exelon PowerLabs, Coatesville, PA      NCSLI Member since 1983
Corey Peters
Day 1 - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Meeting Speakers:

Topic: Towards the Definition and Dissemination of a New International Mass Standard:
Precision Metrology and the Real World

Speaker: Edward Mulhern and Leon Chao, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Abstract: Within the last decade, the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM)
has led a global effort to redefine the International System of Units (SI), with the redefinition
predicted to take place in 2018. This change will preserve the seven base units of the SI but
derive each from fixed numerical values of seven natural constants. In this new system, the
unit of mass, the kilogram, will be realized through a newly-fixed value of the Planck

Before this can take place there must be international agreement on the value of the Planck
constant and its measurement uncertainty. The realization of the kilogram can then come
from any experiment that can relate the Planck constant to mass; the watt balance and the
Avogadro experiments are examples of such experiments. In addition, a practical method, or
mise en pratique for disseminating the kilogram to the international measurement community
must be developed.

At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the NIST-4 Watt Balance will be
used to realize the kilogram within a few parts in 10^8 by balancing electrical power with
mechanical power. This realization will occur in a vacuum environment necessitating a
method of transferring the vacuum-based realization to air. A novel apparatus utilizing
magnetic suspension is in testing and development at NIST that will allow the direct
comparison of a mass in vacuum to a mass in air.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how NIST will realize and disseminate a Planck-based kilogram
  • Learn about the current mass calibration system and its traceability to the official
    mass standard, the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK).
  • Understand the transition from a system based on the IPK (a mass standard with zero
    uncertainty) to a definition based on a fixed value of the Planck constant.
  • Appreciate how the new SI affects science, industry and daily life
Speakers Names/Bios:
Edward Mulhern received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in
College Park in 2014 and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Applied Physics at Johns Hopkins
University. He joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a guest
researcher in 2013 and as a full time design and automation engineer with the Mass and Force
Group in 2014.

Leon Chao received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and is
currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from his alma mater. He joined the
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2013 as a member of the
Fundamental Electrical Measurements Group.

Topic: Overview of Pressure Measurement and Calibration
Speaker: Jeff Grossman, Fluke Calibration

Abstract: A discussion of the fundamentals of pressure measurement and their application in a 
pressure calibration environment.

Learning Objectives: To better understand the concepts of pressure measurement and how to 
optimize the quality of those pressure measurements.  Then to understand the different types of 
available calibration reference standards and how to select the best one for an application. Finally, an 
example pressure calibration setup and execution.

Topic: Overview of Gas Mass Flow and Calibration
Speaker: Jeff Grossman, Fluke Calibration

Abstract: A discussion of the fundamentals and concepts of gas mass flow measurement and their 
application in a gas mass flow calibration environment

Learning Objectives: To better understand the concepts of gas mass flow measurement and 
how to optimize the quality of those flow measurements.  Then to understand the different 
types of available calibration reference standards and how to select the best one for an 
application. Finally, an example flow calibration setup and execution.

Bio: Jeff Grossman was a resident of New Jersey, prior to attending Duke University, graduating in 
1986 and received his MBA from ASU in 1995. Jeff moved to Arizona and began employment with DH 
Instruments in 1991 as a Sales Engineer for pressure and gas mass flow calibration solutions.  Jeff
continued working with Fluke Calibration following Fluke’s 2007 acquisition of DHI.  Current territory 
includes the Northeast / North Central United States.  Jeff enjoys hiking, basketball, crossword 
puzzles and craft beer. He has been an Arizona Cardinals season ticket holder for over 20 years and 
attended the 2009 Super Bowl. He has seen a major-league baseball game in every stadium
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

8:15 AM
8:30 AM
Welcome & Introductions: Host, Speakers and Agenda Overview,
Donna Lodek, NCSLI Philadelphia Section Coordinator

8:30 AM 9:00 AM NCSLI Board Highlights: Marcus McNeely, NCSLI Northeastern VP
9:00 AM 10:30 AM Towards the Definition and Dissemination of a New International Mass Standard:
Precision Metrology and the Real World, Edward Mulhern & Leon Chao, NIST
10:30 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM 12:00 PM Overview of Pressure Measurement & Calibration,
Jeff Grossman, Fluke Calibration

12:00 PM 1:00 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM 2:30 PM  Overview of Gas Mass Flow Measurement & Calibration,
Jeff Grossman, Fluke Calibration

2:30 PM 2:45 PM  Break
2:45 PM 4:15 PM  Exelon Facility Tour,
Cory Peters, Exelon Powerlabs

4:15 PM 4:30 PM  Wrap-up - Awards - Door Prizes - Q&A - for Day 1

DAY 2 - Thursday, April 20, 2017 

Hands On Training Event Instructors:

Topic: Highlights of ISO/IEC 17025: 2016(E)
Speaker: Pamela Wright, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

Abstract: This session will provide an overview of the Draft International Standard (DIS) 
ISO/IEC 17025: 2016(E)

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the sections that comprise the DIS ISO/IEC 17025:2016
  • Discus ISO/IEC obligatory changes, CPC mandatory changes and ISO 9000 concept changes
  • Describe the next steps in the process

Bio: Pamela Wright is currently the Accreditation Manager in the Calibration Department with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) where she joined in 2003. Her main responsibility is managing the day-to-day operations of the calibration staff and maintaining the A2LA Calibration Accreditation Program in compliance with ILAC, APLAC and IAAC international requirements. She presents papers on behalf of the Association and conducts tutorials at professional meetings, conferences and A2LA training events. 

Topic: Interactive Training on a Handheld Pressure Calibrator
Speaker: Steven Andersen, Ashcroft, Inc.

Abstract: This class will be a hands-on demonstration intended to give attendees experience in functions and operation of the PTE-2 handheld pressure and temperature calibrator. Participants will be able to use the calibrator to verify calibration of several instruments including mechanical pressure gauges, digital pressure gauges, pressure switches and temperature sensors.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand how to calibrate various pressure instruments including mechanical gauges, pressure switches and pressure transducers with the PTE-2 handheld Calibrator
  • Understand basic PTE functions including zero, tare, damping, min/xax
  • Use of Switch test function
  • Use of percent error function
  • Use of data logging function
  • Use of inquiry and journal modes to interface with PC based data collection
Bio: Steve Andersen is Global Product Leader for Precision Instruments with Ashcroft, Inc. He is responsible for the Heise product line of precision electronic and mechanical pressure instruments as well as Ashcroft digital pressure gauges. Steve has been with Ashcroft for more than 5 years. He was part of the dedicated team which developed the PTE-2 calibrator. 

Topic: Electrifying Calibrations in High Voltage
Speaker: David Schurr, Exelon PowerLabs

Abstract: The basic High Voltage measurement techniques will be applied in a practical lab test.  The effects of the Electromagnetic field and other effects on the measurements will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: After completing this training, you should understand the basic safety requirements associated with working with High Voltage. You will also understand some of the error contributors to the High Voltage readings.

Bio: David Schurr is the High Voltage/High Current Technician at Exelon PowerLabs.  He has worked there for over 8 years. He is also an avid Banjo player and Bluegrass enthusiast.

Topic: Conductivity Measurements & Calibration
Speaker: Dr. Cesar “Jun” Bautista, Masy BioServices

Abstract: It is a US Pharmacopoeia mandate to establish a calibration setup with direct International System (SI) traceability for conductivity sensors and measurement systems for conductivity of pure to ultra-pure water. Electrolytic conductivity is a widely-used parameter for the characterization of purity of water, due to its high sensitivity to ionic content e.g. from contaminants. The Pharmacopoeias (US, EU, etc.) specify (traceable) conductivity measurements as the method fo5r documenting compliance with requirements of Water for Injection (WFI), and other regulations on pure water quality also rely on conductivity as the quality parameter. Conductivity sensors are presently calibrated either using reference materials with conductivity many orders of magnitude different from the level of measurement, and/or in a matrix different (sometimes very different) from pure water. Some users rely on indirect properties such as the conductivity temperature coefficient of water as a quality control parameter.
In collaboration with the DFM (Danish Measurement  Institute) we have  developed a geometrically characterized measurement cell, hence a primary standard, relevant for pure water conductivity. Combined with a bulk resistance derived from impedance spectroscopy, also traceable to international standards, it allows direct measurement of low conductivity (less than 2 mS/m). A calibration setup with comparison to the primary cell establishes direct traceability to the SI, without the need for assumptions on scaling properties of conductivity cells or insignificant matrix effects. The setup has been validated through an international measurement comparison at the national metrology institute (NMI) level.

Learning Objectives:
  • Conductivity – What is it? How and why is it being measured?
  • Conductivity -  Why is it important?  (Performance and regulatory requirements)
  • Conductivity – The importance of temperature and its compensation
  • Conductivity – How to calibrate
Bio: Dr. Cesar “Jun” Bautista has over 35 years of combined experience in metrology, 16 years of which are Biotech, Bio-Pharmaceutical, and Biomedical Device related.  He has over 20 years of USAF PMEL experience, 6 years of combined experience as Sr. Director of Operations & Corporate Metrology, Regional Manager and Senior Vice-President of several third-party calibration companies, one of which he co-founded.  Jun, is currently the Sr. Director, of Laboratory Operations for Masy BioServices, one of the East Coast’s premier metrology services provider. Jun Bautista holds a B.S. Management Engineering, M.A. Public Administration, M.S. Systems Management, MBA from Harvard Business School and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also has A.A. degrees in Applied Electronics Engineering Technology and Post-Secondary Instructional Systems Development. He is affiliated with NCSLi, MSC, ASQ, and a member of the Panel of Experts for USP 41 and ASTM E 20, E60, and E56 committees.  Dr. Bautista’s Post-doctoral research at MIT centers on the development of nano-metrology for use in the concepts and design engineering of smart plants and digital facilities for the manufacturing of bio-pharmaceutical products and biomedical devices, nano medicine, nano drug delivery systems advanced material products. He is one of the country’s leading pioneers in the use of the nano bubble procedure and the cellular level infusion of precious nano metal particles’ infused used for oncology applications and for the specific treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme.  Most recently, Dr. Bautista has been invited to pursue his post-doctoral research at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH/NASA/JPL) in Pasadena, CA.                

Topic: Triple Point Creation and Uncertainty Contribution
Speaker: Scott Davidson, Exelon PowerLabs

Abstract: How to create a proper triple point of water using several methods and then apply the accuracy to an uncertainty budget.

Learning Objectives: The persons taking this training will come away with a firm understanding of how to create a proper triple point of water as well as how to apply that to their uncertainty calculations.

Bio: Scott Davidson is the Lead Process Technician at Exelon PowerLabs. He has been working for Exelon PowerLabs over 17 years.

Topic: Common Errors in Torque Measurements
Speaker: Henry Zumbrun, Morehouse Instrument Company

Abstract: This presentation will cover the importance of torque calibration and common errors in torque calibration.

Learning Objectives: A better understanding of Torque Potential Measurement Errors including:
  • What torque is
  • Using mass weights instead of force weights
  • Introduction of bending and parasitic effects
  • Misalignment
  • Calibrated beam deflection and temperature
  • Drives on the beam or transducer being worn
  • Bending forces on an unsupported beam are unavoidable
  • Temperature effects on the torque cell cable

Bio: Henry Zumbrun is President of Morehouse Instrument Company. Henry currently teaches Force and Torque classes at the NCSL International Conference Tutorial Program as well as at Morehouse Instrument Company. Henry is a Six Sigma Black belt, Lean Champion and is a technical adviser for NAPT. Henry has written several articles for magazines such as: Test, Quality and Cal Lab. Henry has 17 years’ experience in force calibration. 

Topic: Basic Interpolations in a Dimensional Laboratory
Speaker: Cory Peters, Exelon PowerLabs                      

Abstract: Have you ever wondered exactly how to read a micrometer with those lines on the side?  Do you know how to take a step measurement with a set of calipers?  What is the best way to wring gage blocks together?  All these questions and more will be discussed in this basic training in Dimensional.

Learning Objectives: To provide a hands-on experience with some basic measurement tools in the Dimensional area.  This will also be coupled with some basic measurement reading techniques.

Bio: Cory Peters is the Chief Metrologist at Exelon PowerLabs, where he has worked for over 17 years.  Prior to that he worked as a technical writer at the Air Force Primary Standards Lab.  He has been working in the field of Metrology for over 30 years.
Thursday April 20, 2017

8:15 AM 8:30 AM Welcome & Introductions: Donna Lodek
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Highlights of ISO/IEC 17025: 2016(E), Pamela Wright, A2LA
10:00 AM 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM 12:00 PM Interactive Training on a Handheld Pressure Calibrator, Steven Andersen, Ashcroft, Inc.
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM 2:30 PM Electrifying Calibrations in High Voltage, David Schurr, Exelon Powerlabs
1:00 PM 2:30 PM Conductivity Measurements & Calibration, Dr. Cesar “Jun” Bautista, Masy BioServices
 2:30 PM 2:45 PM  Break
2:45 PM 4:15 PM Triple Point Creation and Uncertainty Contribution, Scott Davidson, Exelon Powerlabs
2:45 PM
4:15 PM
Common Errors in Torque Measurements, Henry Zumbrun, Morehouse Instrument
2:45 PM
4:15 PM
Basic Interpolations in a Dimensional Laboratory, Cory Peters, Exelon Powerlabs
4:15 PM 4:30 PM  Wrap-up - Awards - Door Prizes - Q&A - for Day 2

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