Southern US Region - Birmingham Section (1227)

Birmingham Section Coordinator

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Helga A. AlexanderInternational Accreditation Service (IAS)1420 Ballantrae Club Drive Pelham, AL 35124 UNITED STATES(562) 364-8201

Upcoming Meetings and Events

NCSLI Birmingham Section Meeting
Thursday February 7, 2019

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Meeting Overview:

This meeting will provide insights on various topics relevant to all who perform physical measurements or rely on physical measurement results for making decisions. See the agenda for presentation specifics. The meeting will conclude with a tour of Southern Research’s Materials Characterization Laboratories. Please see documentation requirements for tour in the Additional Information section of this announcement.

Meeting Contact:
Helga Alexander
International Accreditation Service (IAS)

Meeting Date:
Thursday, February  7, 2019

Meeting Time:
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Cost to attend meeting:
     NCSL International
Complimentary Training

Meeting Host and Location:
Southern Research, Division of Engineering
757 Tom Martin Drive
Birmingham, AL 35211
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Meeting Directions:
The meeting itself is in the BusinessPlex of Southern Research's Engineering Division, Oxmoor Campus. The entrance is at the far end of the parking lot.

Meeting Sponsors:

Southern Research: Facility Lab Tour
Mitutoyo Corporation: Breakfast
International Accreditation Service (IAS): Lunch

Meeting Speakers

Unique Metrology at Southern Research

Speaker: James Tucker, Southern Research

Abstract: Due to its involvement in space science missions such as Chandra, GOES, JWST (James Webb Space Telescope, SWOT, and others, as well as pursuing state-of-the-art material testing, Southern Research has developed several unique metrology capabilities.  An overview of some of the more interesting developments including DIC (Digital Image Correlation), Optical Strain Sensing, precision angle measurement, and at least two unique applications of displacement measuring interferometry will be presented.  The talk will also include a live demonstration of nanometer displacement measurement using Southern Research engineered and patented technology.

Simplistic Approach to Measurement Automation in the Calibration or Test Laboratories
Speaker: Slavik Moskalets, National Instruments

Abstract: In order to achieve lab operation efficiency and repeatability of the results,  the measurement automation approach to data collection is the next logical step often taken after the manual measurement and data collection process has been vetted out. For the calibration or testing laboratories, where measurement automation is not standardized or non-existent, the task of selecting suitable automation platform can be overwhelming due to various commercial solutions already available on the market. These solutions range from simple instrument automation to complete portfolio of test executive, asset management, accreditation and compliance, customer order processing, marketing and sales forecast management, etc. The goal of this presentation is not to elaborate on the complexity and powerful programming capabilities of the National Instruments LabVIEW or TestStand software but rather to focus on its simplicity of rapid automation development to fill in the gaps or enhance the current automation process in the laboratory.

High Temperature Measurement and Traceability

Speaker Name:  Frank E. Liebmann, Fluke Calibration 

Abstract: Temperature measurement at room temperatures is challenging. However, there are many well-established methods and equipment to make accurate measurements. High temperature measurements present a whole different set of challenges. Much of this is due to the upper temperature limits of available equipment being oftentimes well below 1000 °C. This being said, there are less well-established methods to measure temperature and establish traceability to the SI at these higher temperatures.

This presentation covers the basics of temperature traceability to the SI including the upcoming changes to the definition of the kelvin on May 20, 2019.  It speaks to the current ITS90 definition, especially as it pertains to temperatures above the silver fixed-point. New proposed fixed points are discussed. Also included are heat sources, thermocouples and radiation thermometers available for this type of work.

High-Accuracy and High-Value Parts Manufacturing: The case for a true lab-grade CMM
Speaker: Alan Jackson, Mitutoyo Corporation

Abstract: Coordinate measuring using the world’s most accurate CMM will be examined.  Environmental factors and accuracy will be covered along with the next-generation software that generates code from a solid model.

The Redefinition of the SI – What Does it Mean for Your Lab?
Speaker: Helga Alexander, International Accreditation Service (IAS)

Abstract: The redefinition of the International System of Units (SI) will go into effect on World Metrology Day on May 20, 2019. This presentation will summarize the history of the SI and the reasons behind the decision made unanimously by the international metrology community to redefine the SI.   You will also learn whether and how this might affect your calibration or test results. 

Additional Information:

The meeting is open to US Citizens and Non-Citizens.  This section meeting will conclude with a tour of Southern Research’s Materials Testing Laboratories.  Due to the nature of work conducted at Southern Research, this tour is only open to US Citizens and Permanent US Residents, who can proof their citizenship/permanent residency status at the time of joining the tour.  Acceptable documentation for proof of eligibility is one of the following:

    1. US Passport
    2. US Passport Card
    3. US Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”)
    4. Government personnel Common Access Card (CAC)
    5. A letter from your employer’s HR or Security Office (on letterhead) stating that the employer has verified US Citizenship or Permanent Residency
    6. Original or certified birth certificate and a government issued photo identification or other State or federally issued identification

Unfortunately you will not be allowed to participate in the tour if you do not have the appropriate documentation with you.

 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, Networking, Breakfast: Sponsored by Mitutoyo

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Welcome and Logistics
9:10 AM - 9:20 AM NCSLI Overview and Updates: Helga Alexander, NCSLI Region Coordinator
9:20 AM - 9:30 AM About the Host: What Southern Research Does
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Unique Metrology at Southern Research, Jim Tucker, Southern Research
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Simplistic Approach to Measurement Automation in the Calibration or Test Laboratories
Slavik Moskalets, National Instruments
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM High Temperature Measurement and Traceability, Frank Liebmann, Fluke Calibration
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch, Networking: Sponsored by IAS 
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Alan Jackson, Mitutoyo, High-accuracy and high-value parts manufacturing: the case for a true lab-grade CMM
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Helga Alexander, IAS, The redefinition of the SI – what does it mean for your lab
2:30 - 2:45 Raffle
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Tour of SR Materials Labs (US Citizens and US Permanent Residents only): Sponsored by Southern Research

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