Topic: The new ISO/IEC 17025 standard
Speaker: Helga Alexander, Calibration Program Mgr., International Accreditations Service, Inc. (IAS)
The new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard was released on November 30, 2017. Calibration and testing laboratories currently accredited to the ISO 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.
The audience will become aware of the most important changes in the new standard.
Helga A. Alexander (email@example.com), 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: 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.
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
Speaker: Jeremy Adcox, sales representative Mitutoyo America Corporation
Topic: Development of a Type C Thermocouple Calibration
Speaker: 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.
Topic: Best practices of measuring temperature with thermocouples
Speaker: Dan Jackson, Thermometry Product Mgr., Tegam
Making Temperature measurements with a thermocouple can seem straight forward but you can get significant errors if you are not careful. The discussion will go over the principles behind a thermocouple, the 3 Laws of Thermocouples, Cold Junction Compensation and discusses how they can help or hurt you in your measurements. Also, Common errors and how to avoid them and best practices when using thermocouples
Topic: Advantages of Calibration Automation & Asset Management Software
Speaker: 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.