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Tutorial Program

Saturday, July 18, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T1 - Train the Trainer - 2015 Trainer's Summit

Jovie Masters, The Training Clinic

This year’s train the trainer event will be a training summit and cover 4 special conference topics for trainers: 1) Deal With Problem Learners Effectively; 2) Start with A Sizzle and Conclude Creatively; 3) Using Graphics to Facilitate Learning; and 4) Level II Evaluation: Did Learning Occur?

Learn how you can make the best of a bad situation, what you can do when the trainees who are "sent", lose interest or become hostile and how you can recover quickly, handle your stress and deal with difficult classroom situations effectively. Discover things you can do in the first 10 minutes to establish an effective learning climate.  Creatively identify session starters that will work for you. Learn how to end on a lasting point to help the transfer of learning to the job. Use graphics to productively and creatively increase what your students are able to see and explain what you are talking about. Learn to graphically display ideas and images. Unlock your and your students’ visual intelligence. Learn easy ways to draw basic shapes, people and letters on flipcharts; make the most dramatic use of color. Learn to write effective tests that measure learning, identify what level of learning needs to be measured using a variety of objective test methods for your training seminars and learn some required steps to establish test reliability and validity.

Sunday and Monday, July 19 & 20, 2015

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T2 - An Introduction to Instrument Control and Calibration Automation in LabVIEW

Logan Kunitz, National Instruments

Automation of instrument calibration improves repeatability of service, reduces manpower requirements, and improves service margin. Many calibration laboratories understand the benefits of automation, but feel they lack the appropriate software development skills to perform coding tasks. Modern programming environments and tools are extremely powerful, but can seem daunting to laboratory engineers. Alleviating these concerns, a number of software companies supply simplified tools and libraries to ease the interactions between calibration standards and automation software. Additionally, programming tools exist that are designed with the automation engineer in mind. During this two day hands-on tutorial, session participants will explore the LabVIEW environment, learn to develop, instrument control, data-logging, and measurement analysis applications. At the end of the course, they will be able to create applications using basic design templates and architectures to automate processes, acquire, process, display, and store real-world data.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T3 - Fundamentals of Calibration in Dimensional Metrology

Amosh Kumar, Gordon Skattum, Mitutoyo Corporation

This tutorial provides an overview of calibration techniques and key issues in dimensional metrology. This tutorial will include a variety of hands-on practical calibration exercises. All the major types of dimensional calibrations will be discussed. We will start by studying the calibration, use, and traceability issues of the standards used in the field, such as gage blocks, ring gages, optical flats, thread wires, and length standards. We will then discuss the calibration of common small measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, dial indicators, and height gages. Hands-on exercises in the calibration of small tools will include procedures, worksheets, and certificates. We will also discuss the field calibration of major instruments such as optical comparators and coordinate measuring machines. In addition to presenting specific calibration methods, a goal of the tutorial is on developing understanding of the principles behind the dimensional calibration methods thereby giving the attendee the necessary tools to extend the tutorial concepts to other types of calibrations. With that goal in mind, not only will recommended procedures be presented, but also optional methods, sources of errors and methods to reduce them, and techniques for estimating the uncertainty of measurement.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T4 - Understanding ISO/IEC 17025 Requirements

Rob Knake, A2LA

This full-day tutorial covers highlights of ISO/IEC 17025 requirements. This course is applicable for organizations that are currently accredited, are in the process of obtaining their ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation or for those who are interested in applying the ISO/IEC 17025 requirements in their facility.

The participant, using ISO/IEC 17025, will be able to:

  • Identify those ISO/IEC 17025 requirements that requires a policy and a procedure
  • Discuss the clauses of ISO/IEC 17025 for real life assessment scenarios
  • Distinguish the requirements for a record from those of a document
  • Evaluate a quality manual for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025

This workshop is targeted for anyone who is interested in an overview of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard and how it is applied in an audit setting.

Note: Copies of ISO/IEC 17025 will be provided for use during the course, however, they must be returned to the instructor. It is recommended that the participant bring their own copy of ISO/IEC 17025.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T5 - Pressure Metrology

Mike Bair, Fluke Calibration

This full day tutorial covers all the fundamental challenges of calibrating pressure instruments. The first half of the tutorial concentrates on the physics that have an effect on pressure measurement, including measurement modes, engineering units, the equation for a dead weight pressure gauge, the ideal gas law, surface tension and viscosity. The discussion includes practical considerations such as hardware selections, environmental concerns and data acquisition for all modes, fluids and ranges. The second half applies those concepts to hands on exercises with equipment supplied by the instructor. All participants will have the opportunity to take low pressure gas and high pressure oil calibrations.Error analysis and sources of uncertainties are discussed that are relevant to the hands on exercises.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T6 - Running the Effective Laboratory Better – Data Driven Improvements that Matter

Jesse Morse, Morse Metrology and Dr. Malcolm Smith, Wescan Labs

Today’s business and organizational climates have usurped traditional “seat-of-the-pants” calibration management by insisting on continuous improvement and the use of data based management decisions. Caught up in this new paradigm are independent calibration companies and calibration laboratories operating within and servicing their own organizations.  This “How To” tutorial focuses on getting your calibration operation to maximum operational effectiveness, which will lead you directly to improvements in efficiencies. The tutorial covers five areas where performance measurement is critical in running an effective calibration operation. The five areas are: (1) customer satisfaction, (2) quality, (3) service levels, (4) productivity, and (5) finance. You will learn a range of necessary metrics and tools to help establish baselines and laboratory performance over time, which you can use to establish goals and monitor performance in each of the five mentioned areas.  Suggestions on how you might use these tools in practice will be provided.  Also, the tutorial includes examples of measurements you need for process improvement projects, along with examples of real life, practical experiences in implementing the many new ways of thinking associated with the paradigm.  Anyone involved in or responsible for calibration management should take this tutorial

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T7 - Control Charts and Stability Analysis for Calibration Laboratory Reference

Jeff Gust, Fluke Calibration

This tutorial provides instruction on how to develop control charts for reference standards utilized in the calibration laboratory. The tutorial will primarily discuss electrical standards, but the application is valid for any metrological discipline. The primary focus will be an in-depth discussion of using linear regression to have a more complete understanding of all sources of uncertainty associated with reference standards. The tutorial also provides ideas about using control charts for daily use of check standards for calibrations that may perform a single measurement such as gage blocks. Real world examples of Laboratory Reference Standards will be used during the tutorial.

The tutorial covers:
  • The mathematics of linear regression
  • The mathematics to determine the uncertainty of the regressed value
  • The mathematics to estimate the uncertainty for predicted values based on linear regression
  • How to build your own spreadsheets and control charts in Excel
  • Analyzing data from a regression analysis
  • Outlier detection and data purging techniques
  • Consideration for accounting for uncertainty of reference standards that do not appear to be stable
  • Using control charts in daily work for a more complete understanding of the measurement uncertainty for a given process.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T8 - GD & T Workshop

E.A. "Tony" Bryce, Sandia National Laboratories

A basic introduction to the concepts of GD&T as defined in ASME Y14.5. Both the 1994 and 2009 standard will be covered. This course is suitable for those individuals needing a basic understanding of the concepts related to 2D drawings and CAD model definition. The course will cover:

  • Fundamental Rules
  • Symbol interpretation
  • Feature Control Frames
  • Datums and Datum Reference Frames
  • Material Conditions (MMC & LMC)
  • Position
  • Profile
  • Orientation
  • Runout
Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

T9 - Fundamentals of Gas Flow Measurement

Robert DeRemer - CSA Group,

The main thrust of the Fundamentals of Gas Flow Measurement tutorial will be the comparison of volumetric flow meters and mass flow meters used in gas flow measurement applications. Specific topics that will be covered will include principles of operation of various types of flow meters, factors that influence when to choose a mass flow meter or a volumetric flow meter, how to interpret performance specifications, how the various types of meters are calibrated, and an example of measurement uncertainty.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

T10 - Calibration Management Software - How to Select and Implement for Your Environment

Walter Nowocin, Medtronic Corporation

This half day two-part tutorial will engage you in understanding the key factors to consider in selecting and implementing a calibration management software solution for your laboratory, especially in a regulated environment. Based on practical lessons learned, it will guide you through the technical and business obstacles that everyone encounters. Each attendee will be given a CD and handouts of Business Software Requirements List, Vendor & Client Surveys, Test Script Template, GAMP 4 & 5 Information, and Vendor Comparison Excel Spreadsheet Template. Many of the topics can be applied to other software application decisions.


Selecting a Calibration Management Software tool is a critical process for a calibration laboratory, especially in a regulated environment. However, there are few examples or documents that explain this process from a User's perspective. This part of the workshop will explain a robust selection process, provide examples of the documentation that should be used, and pass along lessons learned from a global medical device company. The following topics will be discussed: Selection Process Overview, Identifying Key Business Representatives, Developing Business Requirements, Identifying Vendors, Sending Business Requirements to Vendors, Converting Requirements to Scoring Matrix, Selecting Vendors for Demonstration Phase, Evaluating Vendor Demonstration Software, Client Surveys, Vendor Financial Health, and Selecting a Vendor of Choice.


Implementing a Calibration Management Software tool is also a critical process for a calibration laboratory, especially in a regulated environment. Again, there are few examples or documents that explain this process from a User's perspective. The second part of this workshop will explain the critical considerations for a successful implementation process, provide examples of the documentation that can be used, and to pass along practical experiences learned at a global medical device company. The following topics will be discussed: Implementation Process Overview, System Development and Validation Life Cycle, Data Conversion, Test Scripts, Training, and Project Planning.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Knowledge: Describe the Selection Process steps
  2. Knowledge: Describe the Implementation Process steps
  3. Application: Use the tools in this tutorial (e.g. Selection Process Overview, Business Requirements List, Surveys, and Scoring Matrix) to successfully apply to your next software selection project.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

T11 - The Art of Resistance Metrology from Micro-Ohms to Tera-Ohms

Kai Wendler, NRC Canada and Marlin Kraft, NIST

This half-day tutorial provides an overview of calibration techniques used at NRC and NIST. The tutorial will cover calibrations from 10 micro ohms to 100 Tera Ohms and will discuss various measurement systems and techniques. A section will be dedicated towards laboratory measurement standard characteristics, including drift, temperature coefficients, power coefficients and Measurement System characteristics. The tutorial is targeted towards the meteorologist making the measurements in the laboratory, from new hires to grizzled veterans. This knowledge will improve their understanding of the measurements being in made in the lab.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

T12- Force Calibration

Henry Zumbrun, Bill Lane, Morehouse Instruments, Inc.

This course will cover applied force calibration techniques and will include live demonstrations using secondary standards to exhibit potential measurement errors made in everyday force measurement. The measurement errors demonstrated and discussed will include errors associated with improper alignment, use of different and/or incorrect adapter types, thread depth and thread loading as well as some load cell troubleshooting techniques. This course will also cover the importance of calibrating force measurement devices in the manner in which they are being used to reduce measurement errors and lower uncertainty. Recommended skill level for the course is anyone who has experience with force equipment and wants to learn how they can minimize potential measurement errors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to identify potential force measurement errors and be able to reduce and/or quantify the uncertainty associated with these errors in their uncertainty analysis for force measurement in their calibration facility.
  2. The student will leave with the ability to implement proper force calibration techniques as discussed and demonstrated in the class.
  3. They will also be able identify various types of calibration equipment and perform some basic troubleshooting methods.

Using material provided in the training, class students will be able to put together an expanded uncertainty budget for force equipment used is secondary standards.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

T13 - High Current DC measurements and Safety Considerations

Tim Stark and Richard Timmons, Guildline Corporation

This workshop will cover DC high current measurements using a 300A current source, several different current shunts and associated cabling. Participants will be able to use different setups so they get hands-on practice and can see how different setups affect measurements. Since safety is an important consideration of high current measurement, safety considerations shall also be covered.

Sunday, July 19, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

T14 - Dynamic Sensors & Calibration

Eric Seller, The Modal Shop

This four-hour tutorial on vibration calibration will dive into calibration theory, standards, and methodology for dynamic sensors as well as explanations of different sensor types and the operational theories behind them. Target audience is beginner to intermediate level.

Specific accelerometers to be covered:
  • Piezoelectric
  • Piezoresistive
  • Capacitive
  • Shock
  • Vibration
  • Pressure

Specific calibration methods to be covered:

  • High frequency
  • Low frequency
  • Shock
  • Pressure
  • Acoustics
  • Portable Vibration Calibration

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T15 - Traceability, Operations, and Good Measurement Practices for Balances in an Analytical Environment

Mark Rueffenacht, Heusser Neweigh and Val Miller, NIST

This tutorial is designed for the beginner to advanced user of balances, calibration managers, quality managers, ISO/IEC 17025 assessors, and those wanting a better understanding of accurate weighing methods where analytical weighing is an integral part of operations.

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T16 - Root Cause Analysis

Ashley Carter, A2LA

This one day tutorial will focus on internationally recognized approaches to conducting effective internal audits. The techniques learned promote the involvement of laboratory personnel. It will include easy-to-implement methods for continual improvement and preparing for external assessments. Also, we will discuss when root cause analysis is required and provide tips and tools that can be used to identify the true root cause for identified problems/non-conformities. Many standards such as ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001 require your quality management systems have a procedure for investigating and eliminating the root cause of a non-conformance during the corrective action process. At the end of this course you should be able to identify potential root causes using the tips and tools provided. With a good root cause analysis you should be able to implement an appropriate corrective action to avoid recurrence of non-conformities.

Target Audience: Much of the discussion will be related to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 9001:2008. However, this class would apply to anyone who has is responsible for internal audits and the corrective action and root cause analysis process at their organization.
Course Outline: The morning will focus on internal auditing and include:
  • How to plan and conduct internal audits within laboratories
  • Auditing principles and techniques
  • Required skills

The afternoon will focus on defining terms associated with root cause analysis, providing clarity on when a root cause analysis is required, and providing tips and tools for performing root cause analysis. A lot of time will be spent with class participation in activities to use the tips and tools to perform a root cause analysis. This will include participants going through provided scenarios and using tools such as interview, fish bone diagrams, and the 5 whys to identify a root cause. Participants are encouraged to bring real life examples of problems/non-conformities for the class to work through and perform root cause analysis.

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T17 - Applying LEAN in a Calibration Laboratory Environment

Dean Williams, Duke Energy and Tom Knight, Invistics Corporation

This updated, hands-on, and practical interactive one-day tutorial provides participants with a basic knowledge of the history and principles of LEAN and how those principles can apply to a calibration laboratory environment. Learning is enhanced by interactive exercises and teams “running” a simulated calibration lab and experiencing the results from applying LEAN tools and techniques. The tutorial provides insights and examples from recent LEAN initiatives applied at a number of both in-house and commercial calibration laboratories. These initiatives helped reduce waste and shorten calibration turn times while streamlining overall operations. The participants will then use this background knowledge to identify and develop strategies for application to their own specific calibration operation. All participants will be provided with a student workbook which documents the information that was presented, contains useful exercises, and provides a list of helpful resources for future reference and study.

Learning Objectives:

The participants will be able to:
  • Identify the basic tenants of LEAN
  • Define key LEAN terminology (e.g. Gemba, Kaizen, Muda)
  • Create and evaluate simple Value Stream Maps
  • Identify the different types of ""waste"" within their laboratory
  • Apply basic PULL and related LEAN principles to improve throughput and reduce turn times and inventory needs
  • Optimize inventory levels of various instrument types using LEAN methods, to prevent excessive testing requirements while ensuring availability of all necessary instruments
  • Know how to utilize existing data to create visual process controls

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T18 - Auditing, Traceability, and Auditing Traceability

Barbara Belzer and Kari Harper, NIST NVLAP; Isabelle Amen, NRC Canada

This tutorial will be of interest to managers and staff of laboratories with new or mature quality systems. It will cover what constitutes objective evidence by stepping through the internal audit process, including skills that an auditor needs to have to be effective.  The tutorial will emphasize the importance of records for all aspects of the management system including reference documents, method validation and their interdependency with metrological traceability and reporting results. Using the described internal audit process prior to an on-site assessment companies new to the accreditation process as well those with mature quality systems will be able to prepare better for an upcoming on-site assessment.

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

T19 - Intermediate Dimensional Metrology

Ted Doiron, NIST

There are a large number of books on dimensional metrology, and a few classes and tutorials, but nearly all of them are at the beginner level - how to use the instruments for inspection. Thermal expansion, elastic deformation, stability, refractive index of air, closure and reversal methods, and the large collection of tricks-of-the-trade that make up Dimensional Metrology are generally ignored. This tutorial will be an overview of important.

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM -12:00 PM

T20 - Fundamentals of Torque Calibration

Henry Zumbrun and Bill Lane, Morehouse Instruments, Inc.

This presentation is a review of the fundamentals of torque calibration. Topics include an overview of torque standards including ASTM-E2428 and BS7882, uncertainty of torque calibration standards, Type A and B uncertainty analysis, torque calibration equipment, calibration and testing of torque transducers, proper calibration techniques, error sources associated with torque calibration, and why proper torque measurement is more than just a traceable length and mass calibration. This segment will cover torque transducers as well as proper torque wrench use. There will be a “hands on” demonstration on how to properly use a torque wrench and the errors associated with improper handling. This segment is intended for those who are involved with torque calibration, those wanting to minimize the errors associated with improper use of torque equipment, and for those who have questions that need to be answered.

Monday, July 20, 2015

T21 - Fundamentals of Temperature Calibration

Mike Coleman, Fluke Calibration

This presentation is a review of the fundamentals of temperature calibration. Topics include calibration equipment, calibration techniques, curve fitting issues, and the mathematics important to thermometry. Types of thermometers covered include platinum resistance thermometers, thermistors, thermocouples, and combined thermometer/readout systems. This segment is intended for those who are new to temperature calibration, those who need to validate what they already know, or those who just have some nagging questions that need to be answered.

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM -12:00 PM

T22 - Humidity Calibration Tutorial

Jeff Bennewitz, Mike Hamilton, Thunder Scientific Corporation

This tutorial will provide an overview of basic information regarding humidity definitions, dew point, frost point, and relative humidity. Participants will practice humidity calculations and conversions using the HumiCalc humidity conversion software. Instructions will be given for the humidity calibration technique using the 2 pressure humidity calibration standard. The instructor will demonstrate a typical calibration setup of a hygrometer and dew point instruments. Discussion will be held regarding response time and calibration procedure using the 2 pressure humidity standard. Calibration and maintenance of the 2 pressure humidity calibration standard will be discussed in detail.

Monday, July 20, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

T23- Microwave Measurement Basics

Ron Ginley, NIST

Do you want to learn more about microwave measurement techniques? This session is the place to be! An introduction to the measurement concepts for microwave power and scattering-parameters will be covered. Specific topics covered will include transmission line theory, practical handling or the do’s and don’ts for transmission lines and microwave connectors, Vector Network Analyzer calibration/measurements and real world sources of uncertainties, microwave power detectors types, power measurements and uncertainties, and the session will conclude with a discussion of verification techniques for microwave measurements.

Monday, July 20, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

T25 - Advanced Topics of Temperature Calibration

Mike Coleman, Fluke Calibration

This course continues to build on the principles established in the Fundamentals of Temperature Calibration course. The objective of this course is to deliver the concepts needed to help a metrologist or calibration professional to design an accredited temperature calibration process. The calibration process design will be presented and explored by assembling a GUM compliant uncertainty analysis. In addition, other advanced concepts such as thermocouple theory and ITS-90 fixed-points and mathematics will be presented to provide additional background knowledge and techniques. It isn’t required to attend the Fundamentals of Temperature Calibration course before this course but familiarity with fundamental concepts is necessary.

Monday, July 20, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

T26- Microwave Power Sensor Calibration

Andy Brush, Charlie Sperrazza and Adam Fleder, Tegam Inc.

The Abstract/Objectives of this tutorial are:

  • Understand the types of RF power sensors
    • What types of calibrations are required for them
    • Which types of sensors are suitable calibration standards
  • Traceability of RF Power
    • How do NMI trace power
    • Traceability when NMI does not offer calibration
  • Background in RF Power flow
    • Learn how S-parameters impact RF measurements
    • Understand how Adapters and attenuators get involved in calculations.
  • The process of Calibrating a Power Sensor
    • Measuring S-Parameters and Port Match
    • Transferring Calibration Factors
    • Verifying a sensor that does not publish calibration factors
    • Measuring Linearity (and why)
  • Creating uncertainty budget for Power Sensor Calibration
    • Understand all the contributors
    • Eliminate the fear of complex and nonlinear functions
    • Use Excel to create a dynamic budget

Monday, July 20, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

T27 - Fundamentals of Radiation Thermometry Calibration

Frank Liebmann, Fluke Calibration

This presentation is an overview of the basic knowledge necessary to perform radiation thermometer calibrations. The presentation is divided into two parts. The first part is a lecture covering the basics of radiation temperature measurement and infrared thermometry calibration. The second part is a hands-on portion which covers the steps necessary to make a calibration measurement, plus a number of tests to determine measurement uncertainty, and the computation of uncertainties following international standards. The attendee will be provided with a spreadsheet to facilitate the computation of uncertainty. The type of radiation thermometer covered in this presentation is an infrared thermometer with a thermopile detector and an 8 – 14 µm bandwidth. However, the principals taught are applicable to other classifications of radiation thermometers to include radiation thermometers with pyroelectric detectors and thermal imagers. The presentation is geared to those who are new to radiation thermometer calibration, those who need a refresher on the subject, and to those who would like to perform better calibrations.

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