Southern US Region -
Birmingham Section (1227)

Birmingham Section Coordinator

Full NameOrganizationMailing AddressWork PhoneEmail
Helga A. Alexander, M.S. PhysicsInternational Accreditation Service (IAS)Pelham, AL 35124 United States866-427-4422

Upcoming Meetings and Events

NCSLI Birmingham Section Meeting
Wednesday May 2, 2018

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Meeting Overview:
This meeting will focus on a variety of topics including flowmeter calibration, thermocouple calibration, dimensional metrology, electrical metrology and accreditation to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard. 

Meeting Contact:
Helga Alexander
International Accreditation Service (IAS)
562-364-8201, ext. 5210

Meeting Date:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Meeting Time:
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost to attend meeting:
     NCSL International
Complimentary Training

Meeting Host and Location: 
Mitutoyo M3 Solution Center and Showroom
2100 Riverchase Center Suite 106
Birmingham, AL  35244

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Meeting Sponsor:
Mitutoyo – facility and lunch
Meeting Speakers:

Topic: Designing Flowmeter Calibration Test Plans
Speaker: Tom Kegel, Calibration Program Mgr. Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc. (CEESI)

Often the installed flowmeter conditions cannot be replicated in the calibration laboratory.  These conditions can include the fluid, pressure and temperature. Understanding the impact and limitations of using a “surrogate” calibration fluid is critical in supplying the best possible service to a calibration customer. This tutorial introduces the topic based on a mix of theoretical considerations and calibration examples. With the introduction the attendee will be able to apply the principles learned towards specific flow calibration problems.

Speaker Biography: 
Tom Kegel holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Tom's experience includes; 5 Years with Foxboro Company, Flowmeter research, 3 Years, EMSO, Flowmeter manufacturing, and 26 Years, CEESI, Flowmeter calibration, testing, consulting.

Topic: Calibration Issues related to Surface Finish and Standardization
 Jeremy Adcox, sales representative Mitutoyo America Corporation

Topic: Advantages of Calibration Automation & Asset Management Software
Scott Peterson, Regional Product Mgr., Electrical/RF Fluke Calibration

I plan to include information about Northrop Grumman’s: SureCal,  Keysight’s: “Test Management Environment,” and Flukes: Met/Cal, to cover all aspects of this technical review.
I also plan to cover the benefits of using Asset Management Software for calibration labs, which provides such benefits as:
  • Managing all aspects of Calibration operations
  • Improved productivity and reduced operating costs
  • Maintain compliance with regulatory standards
  • Configure and customize for your companies unique business rules
  • Generate reports to meet a wide range of calibration requirements

Helps to maintain an audit trail….just to name a few.

Topic: The new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard 
Helga A. Alexander, International Accreditation Service

The new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard was released on November 30, 2017.  Calibration and testing laboratories currently accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard must transition to the new version of the standard by December 1, 2020.  This presentation will highlight some of the changes in requirements in order to help labs prepare for the transition.  Particular emphasis is placed on the requirements for risk-based-thinking, impartiality, the process approach, and the management system and its documentation.  

Learning Objectives:
The audience will become aware of the most important changes in the new standard.
Speaker Biography: 
Helga A. Alexander (,  IAS Calibration Program Manager, is in charge of the calibration accreditation program at International Accreditation Service. Ms. Alexander gained her extensive metrology  experience as Primary Standards Laboratory and Service Center Manager at Keithley Instruments, Cleveland, Ohio, and ISO 9001 Quality Systems Manager for Southern Research in Birmingham, AL. She also is an assessor for the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for IAS and formerly for A2LA.  Ms. Alexander holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Physics.

Topic: Development of a Type C Thermocouple Calibration
Shelby Massey, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Hypersonic Structures Group, Southern Research

Accurate calibration of a welded type-C thermocouple is vital for the collection of temperature data obtained in ground tests, flight tests, and other extreme temperature testing. An apparatus and procedure have been developed that are capable of verifying the calibration of bead-junction type-C thermocouples to the ASTM-E230 standard from room temperature to 3000°F. Design and experimental improvements are currently being made to reach higher temperatures to cover the operational range of the thermocouple. In this paper, existing thermocouple calibration techniques are reviewed and a new technique is presented that allows for high temperature instrumentation for use in hypersonic applications.
Meeting Schedule:
9:30 AM

9:45 AM

Registration, coffee & pastries

9:45 AM

10:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions, Helga Alexander, NCSLI Birmingham Section Coordinator

10:00 AM

10:45 AM

Designing Flowmeter Calibration Test, Tom Kegel, Calibration Program Manager, Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc. (CEESI)
11:00 AM

11:45 AM

Calibration Issues related to Surface Finish and Standardization, Jeremy Adcox, Sr. Sales Representative Southeast Region, Mitutoyo America Corporation
12:00 AM 1:00 PM Group photo followed by lunch provided by Meeting Sponsor Mitutoyo
1:00 PM 1:45 PM Advantages of Calibration Automation & Asset Management Software, Scott Peterson, Regional Product Manager, Electrical/RF, Fluke Calibration
1:45 PM

2:30 PM

The new ISO/IEC 17025 standard, Helga Alexander, Calibration Program Manager, International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS)
2:30 PM

3:15 PM

Development of a Type C Thermocouple Calibration, Shelby Massey, Associate Mechanical Engineer, Hypersonic Structures Group, Southern Research
3:15 PM

3:30 PM

Q & A, set date for fall meeting, adjourn

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