Mid-Western US Region - Northern Ohio /
Western Pennsylvania Section (1131)

Upcoming Meetings and Events

NCSLI Northern Ohio / Western Pennsylvania Section Meeting
Friday, October 18, 2019
Please Join Us!

Meeting Overview: 
Please join us for an exciting day at NASA Glenn Research Center. The NCSL International Northeastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Section 2019 fall meeting will be held at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. We will hear from Mihaela Fula, Senior Metrologist Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center on "The Guardbanding Method Pitfalls" and from Michael Johnston, Fluke Calibration on "Understanding Instrument Specifications." Attendees will get the privilege of touring NASA GRC's recently built Metrology Lab. Attendees must pre-register for this event and bring a Federally accepted form of photo identification to attend. Attendees will be responsible for purchasing lunch at the on-site cafeteria and will get the opportunity to make purchases at the on-site gift shop for NASA GRC specific gifts and novelties. Parking will be available on-site at no cost. Signs will be present to help guide you to the meeting location. 30 max attendees - please get registered!
egisters’ must register with their official name as it appears on their IDs. Also, all cell phones, tablets and electronic devices are prohibited while driving on center.

Meeting Contact Person:
Harry Burnsworth, NASA Glenn Research Center

Meeting Date and Time:
Friday, October 18, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost to Attend:
NCSL International
Complimentary Training

Meeting Host and Location:
NASA Glenn Research Center
21000 Brookpark Road Cleveland, OH 44135
Host: Harry Burnsworth 
(724) 714-1598
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Meeting Speakers:

Topic: Understanding Instrument Specifications
Michael Johnston, Fluke Calibration 

Abstract: An entry-level exploration of instrument specifications with a focus on their application to the calibration process, including calculation of test tolerances, identification of specification types, and discussions on the practice of specmanship in the test and measurement industry. This tutorial is intended to help technicians understand the "why" behind the test tolerances.
Learning Objectives:
1. Calculation of Test Tolerances
2. Identification of Specification Types
3. Understand the practice of Specmanship in the T&M Industry

Topic: The Guardbanding Method Pitfalls

Speakers: Mihaela Fula, Senior Metrologist Engineer NASA Glenn Research Center (AST, Inc)

Abstract: The new revised ISO/IEC 17025:2017 has a significant stipulation requiring the calibration laboratory to document the decision rules, including the statistical basis, and to communicate it and agree with the customer. (A decision rule describes how measurement uncertainty is accounted for when stating conformity with a specified requirement) This new stipulation brings again to light the risk into the conformance testing and many of calibration laboratories and accreditation bodies will stumble once again into trying to account for it. One of the most common method of controlling risk that is not new in metrology is using guardband limits. Because of its “easier” to understand and implement nature, I foresee that lots of calibration laboratories will try to implement the risk in measurement by guardbanding method. Unfortunately, there are situations when guardbanding methods are inefficient and to my knowledge no literature described or take into account the limitations of these methods. This presentation will attempt to present the guardband methods pitfalls and methods of overcoming these unwanted situations.
Learning Objectives:
1. Learn the pitfalls of Guardbanding
2. Understand the method of Guardbanding
3. Controlling Risk of False Acceptance via Guardbanding


0800 Arrival and NCSLI Welcome, Lloyd Baker, GM; NCSL Region Coordinator

0815 Host Introduction and GRC History, Harry Burnsworth; Terry Fleet and Anne Mills, NASA GRC

0830  "Understanding Instrument Specifications" Michael Johnson, Fluke Calibration

1130   Follow up discussion, Group photo

1145   Lunch and Gift Shop

1230   "The Guardbanding Method Pitfalls" Mickey Fulop, NASA GRC

1400    Tour of NASA GRC Metrology Lab

1530  Discussion for Future Meetings, Request for Volunteers, Wrap Up, Lloyd Baker and Harry Burnsworth

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Are you having problems registering online? Please contact the business office at 303-440-3339 or info@ncsli.org and we will register you!

NCSLI Local Region Meeting Survey

Past Meetings and Events

Northern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Section Meeting, Friday May 20, 2016
The NCSL International Northern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania section held its spring meeting on May 20, 2016 at FirstEnergy, BETA Lab facility. BETA Lab did a tremendous job in acting as host again. A networking breakfast sponsored by Trescal provided a good segue to an introduction of attendees, presenters and NCSLI volunteers.
Section Meeting Review (.PDF)

Northern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Section Meeting, Friday September 5, 2015
The beautiful drive through rolling hills of western Pennsylvania almost eclipsed the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania Fall 2015 section meeting. But the destination could not be better, for our meeting was being hosted by Butler Community College (BC3), one of the few schools with a metrology program. Could it get better? Yet it did, Dilip Shah, E = mc3 Solutions provided two sessions on measurement uncertainty, geared to students. And Erik Volek, Mettler-Toldeo dove deep into the weighty science of laboratory weighing.
Section Meeting Review (.PDF)