Learning Labs

Learning labs are designed to promote conceptual understanding and deeper engagement in problem solving for small groups. Each learning lab will consist of a 60-minute session, where a maximum of 20 attendees will engage through discussion and activities surrounding the topic. We are offering four Learning Labs in Portland this year! Registration is required for these sessions (cost is included in your conference registration).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | E147
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Helga Alexander                         Tim Osborne                        
 LL-1: Applications of Risk Based Thinking in the Calibration Laboratory

Helga Alexander, International Accreditation Services, IAS
Tim Osborne, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, A2LA

Many calibration laboratory managers and practitioners, who desire to conform to the latest revision of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, are concerned with the application of risks and opportunities associated with laboratory activities and the subsequent demonstration of conformance to the Standard with assessors and auditors. Every ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited or conformant laboratory already utilizes risk-based thinking tools without possibly knowing it. We will discuss the methods by which laboratories currently conform, but the focus of this Learning Laboratory is to equip laboratories with a couple of other risk-based tools that might be incorporated into their key processes. At the completion of this laboratory, the student will be able to apply and deploy 2 to 3 risk-based tools for use in their laboratories that will not only improve current processes but also methods to mitigate key risks.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | E148
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Al Tartaglino                                Dean Williams
Delay Dating: Working the Details of Specific Manufacturing/Model or Grouping Evaluations

Al Tartaglino, Pratt & Whitney and Dean Williams, Duke Energy

In this Learning Lab the discussion will focus on the most hands-on aspect of the developing a Delay Dating program; the evaluation and analysis of a noted group of assets. The basic steps, research, evaluation and methodology which should be used (but augmented as needed) in determining if a select mfg. /model or group of assets are solid candidates for inclusion in the DD program. Review of the soon to be released NCSL International Lab Management Recommended Practice on establishing an internal Delay Dating program will focus on the above noted process steps, addressing history, manufacturers’ technical evaluation, potential OEM bias, instrument characteristics and circumstances that would automatically disqualify the target and testing as needed. This learning lab is not a debate of the value, expected savings or schedule impact of the overall deployment but specific to evaluation. Attendees will work through multiple scenarios as a group, share lessons learned, followed by an open forum Q&A session of the process as time allows. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 |
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

LL-3: Disaster Recovery: Will your Business and Customer Relationships Recover From an Unplanned Event?

Tim Vonderhaar, Precision Environments 

What would you do if your laboratory suffered a catastrophic loss due to a natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstance.  What would you do in the event of a facility shutdown or a system failure?  We all spend so much time and energy dealing with the day to day operations that we fail to plan for the unexpected.  This learning lab will provide an overview of technical document NCSLI LM-15, “Lab Recovery Planning; Disasters and Planned Events.” Attendees will then hear real life examples from fellow NCSLI members who have lived through this and can share lessons learned, followed by an open forum Q&A session. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 |
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

LL-4: Asset Utilization: Addressing the Debate Over Defining Utilization Criteria for Lab Use

Rob Parchinski, The Boeing Company

In this Learning Lab, the discussion will focus on methods, variables and perspectives as they relate to capturing the “utilization” of standards, test assets, support equipment and test fixtures. Often in discussions relating to lab utilization; debates will derail solutions because of the dynamic variables that a test lab encounters verses a production line. How can we get past the negative debate and move to define utilization for specific test lab needs; not to standardize in a non-standard industry but to meet the objectives of a baseline to determine asset use, contributions to cash flow, value of ownership and assist in retainment decisions. Attendees will work through specific scenarios as a group, share lessons learned, followed by an open forum Q&A session of the process.