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T01 Auditing, Traceability, and Auditing of Traceability: Auditing to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Full Day: Tuesday, March 24

Abstract: I This tutorial examines the principles of auditing, the concepts of metrological traceability and tools to apply auditing principles in demonstrating the chain of traceability for measurement results.  Auditing concepts such as objective evidence, the internal audit process, and interpersonal skills for auditors will be presented.  The auditing module will also incorporate guidance from the newly revised ISO 19011 regarding a risk-based approach to auditing. In the traceability section, emphasis will be placed on the importance of appropriate records for all aspects of the management system and their interdependency with metrological traceability and reporting of results.  Using the described auditing principles, both companies with new or mature quality systems will have better success in the auditing process and control of the records necessary to demonstrate the metrological traceability of their measurement results to the International System of Units (SI).

Within presentation of these topics, we will discuss the changes that were introduced in the new ISO/IEC 17025 and how the internal audit process can be used to transition to the new standard by the November 2020 deadline.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the seminar, using notes and provided resources, participants will be able to:

  1. Define internal audit and metrological traceability
  2. List 4 characteristics of an effective internal auditor
  3. Analyze a claim of traceability of a measurement

Speakers: Kari Harper, Titilayo Shodiya; NVLAP

Kari Harper - MSCKari Harper is the program manager of the Acoustical Testing Services Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) and one of the program managers for the Calibration LAP of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).  In this capacity, she oversees the accreditations to ISO/IEC 17025 of laboratories across the U.S. and around the world.  She also serves as both a lead and technical assessor, participates in standards development organizations, and gives training on accreditation-related topics.

Kari has been with NIST since 1988.  Prior positions and duties at NIST include bench metrologist in the area of vibration, research engineer in machine tool metrology, a detail in the NIST Director’s Program Office, service on two Advanced Technology Program Source Evaluation Boards, service as Acting NIST Quality Manager, a detail to the NIST United States Measurement System (USMS) Assessment Committee and Report Editorial Board, and service on the Assessment Review Board of the NIST Quality System.

Kari is a mechanical engineer, receiving an undergraduate degree from Drexel University and a Master’s degree from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.

While at NIST, Kari has received two NIST Bronze metals and the NIST Applied Research (later named Rabinow) Award.

Dr. Titilayo Shodiya - MSCDr. Shodiya is currently a Program Manager with the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program (NVLAP) at NIST for Calibration Laboratories and Fasteners and Metals Laboratories. Before joining the NVLAP team in January 2017, Dr. Shodiya was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She started her Post-Doc in the Chemistry department where she worked on epitaxial thin film growth using electrochemistry, funded by the Department of Defense and Dow Chemical.

In 2016, she started working at the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute (UMEI) in the Battery Lab as a Post-Doc/Characterization Specialist. Here she worked with external industry partners to fabricate and characterize battery cells using with industry-scale devices. As a part of her duties, she oversaw the characterization facilities.

Dr. Shodiya is a member of Sigma Xi National Research Honor Society, Materials Research Society (MRS), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Shodiya obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in 2015 and Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2012 from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Her research experience spans over nano-materials, green electric power generation, electronic and photonic materials, materials characterization, thin films, and electrochemistry

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T02 Best Practices in Evaluating Measurement Uncertainty

Full Day: Wednesday, March 25

Abstract: Besides a requirement for ISO/IEC 17025, Measurement Uncertainty Evaluation is a requirement to support Metrological Traceability claims. There are many ways to evaluate and estimate measurement uncertainty. This workshop takes the attendee through the Measurement Uncertainty evaluation process that is described in the ISO Guide to the Uncertainty of Measurement (GUM) in a step by step approach in a best practices approach. The measurement uncertainty budgets that are developed in a best practices approach are easy to comprehend and defend during the accreditation assessment.

After attending the workshop, the attendee should be able to:

  • Explain key terms related to measurement uncertainty
  • Calculate individual Type A and B uncertainties
  • Combine uncertainties and calculate k coverage factor based on degrees of freedom
  • Develop a complete measurement uncertainty budget template that can be utilized to maintain the laboratory’s uncertainty budgets.

Attendees should plan to bring a laptop with an Excel spreadsheet loaded on it for a richer workshop experience.

Speaker: Dilip Shah, E = mc3 Solutions

Dillip Shah - MSCDilip Shah has over 45 years of industry experiencein metrology, electronics, instrumentation, measurement and computer applications of statistics in the Quality Assurance areas. He has been employed in various positions with Philips Electronics (UK), Kodak Ltd. (UK), Instruments Division of Monsanto Corporation, Flexsys America and Alpha Technologies. He is currently a Principal of E = mc3 Solutions, a consulting practice that provides training and consulting solutions in ISO/IEC 17025, Measurement Uncertainty and computer applications.

Dilip is the co-author of The Metrology Handbook (1st and 2nd editions) published by the ASQ Quality Press. Dilip participated in the initial development of ASQ’s Certified Calibration Technician exam. Dilip is a member of IEEE.

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T03 Measurement Decision Risk and ILAC G8

Full Day: Wednesday, March 25

Abstract: ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard has moved to less prescriptive, more performance-based requirements with an aspect of risk-based thinking to facilitate greater effectiveness and continuous improvement. This tutorial will review specific requirements that incorporate the word risk as well as those requirements that foster a risk-based thinking approach. Risk will be defined and several risk-based thinking approaches and tools for identifying, assessing, addressing and monitoring risks will be presented. Participants will then apply these tools and their risk-based thinking knowledge and skills to several practical exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requirements regarding risk as well as those requirements that foster risk-based thinking.
  • Learn the definition of risk and the common components for risk-based thinking.
  • Become familiar with various tools and resources available and acquire knowledge and skills for implementing a risk-based thinking approach.
  • Learn how to identify and evaluate risks and opportunities in their own management system.
  • Measurement Decision Risk practices from ILAC G8.

Speakers: Ryan Fischer, Bob Stern

Ryan Fischer - MSCRyan Fischer, ANAB, has worked with 2 different Calibration Labs accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:1999. While working with these companies his duties consisted of working from a quality system that consisted of over 150 different work instructions for Dimensional, Physical and Mechanical calibrations.

While working from a large scope that consisted of surface plates, optical comparators, Rockwell Hardness Tester, scales and many different dimensional instruments, these services were conducted on-site and in the laboratory.

He was also involved in the assessments that accredited the company implementing and reacting to preventative and corrective actions. During the employment of the second company, Ryan was the Technical and Calibration Lab Manager. This was a brand-new laboratory to the community and was on the ground floor of the laboratory. With an offer from the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau in 2003, Ryan took a position as the Technical Coordinator and later became the Calibration Program Manager. Additionally, Ryan has embraced the Proficiency Testing Program for the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau to monitor the PT/ILC’s of all of their accredited laboratories.  Ryan is currently an Accreditation Manager for calibration and dimensional measurement laboratories for ANAB.

Bob Stern - MSCBob Stern, Principal Metrologist, Emeritus of Keysight Technologies graduated from the University of Wisconsin with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.  He worked for 6 different divisions at Hewlett Packard, then Agilent, and Keysight Technologies.  He now serves as Principal Metrologist, Emeritus for Keysight.  Bob has been active on NCSLI committees concerned with calibration standards, including the subgroup that wrote the Z540.3 Handbook.

He chaired the NCSLI 174 Standards Writing Group from 2014 to 2019, and remains active at ILAC standards  meetings, including the working group that just published ILAC-G8:09/2019.  He leads efforts to align Keysight’s calibration service deliverables with ISO 17025:2017, ILAC-G8, ILAC-P14, and ANSI Z540.3.  He is the presenter of 13 YouTube videos on various topics of calibration interest.

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T04 Internal Auditing of Your ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Laboratory

Full Day: Wednesday, March 25

Speaker: Helga Alexander, International Accreditation Service

Helga Alexander Photo - MSCHelga Alexander is the Calibration Program Manager for International Accreditation Service (IAS).  She is responsible for assessments, maintenance, renewals and other activities related to calibration laboratories pursuing IAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.  She is also responsible for providing training for the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version of the standard, measurement uncertainty and for the successful transitioning of all accredited IAS laboratories to the new standard.

In previous roles, Ms. Alexander served as Quality Systems Manager for Southern Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and Metrology Manager for Keithley Instruments in Cleveland, Ohio, where she implemented the ISO/IEC 17025 standard in the primary standards laboratory. Ms. Alexander received a BS in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an MS in Physics from Cleveland State University.

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T05 Performing Length and Angle Measurements and Estimating their Uncertainties

Full Day: Wednesday, March 25

Abstract: Dimensional Metrology is all about measurements of lengths, angles and geometrical parameters, such as, roundness, straightness, etc. Fundamentally, measurement of angles and geometrical parameters can be reduced to length measurements, as in most instances, angle measurements can be expressed as a ratio of two lengths (though quite a number of angular measurements are done in terms of a division of a circle). Similarly, all geometrical parameters can be expressed in terms of linear measurements. Consequently, length measurements are fundamental to dimensional metrology.

Though simple as it may sound, length measurements are quite complex, ranging from astronomical measurements to nano or pico-level measurements.  To address such measurements, a multitude of instruments and other types of equipment, such as astronomical telescopes, laser measurement devices, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), atomic force microscopes (AFMs), scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), etc., are used extensively.

This tutorial is intended to illustrate the use (and abuse) of such measurement devices and methodologies, as well as to have hands-on exercises on a few such types of measuring equipment. Uncertainty of measurement is a critical part of any measurement and this tutorial will give not only some insights on the process and methodology, but also in evaluating uncertainties.

Speaker: B N Taranath, International Accreditation Service, Staff Metrologist & Lead Assessor

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T06 Metrology 101, Back to Basics

Full Day: Wednesday, March 25

Abstract: This innovative full day tutorial is presented on Wednesday, March 25th, 8am to 5pm. Hosted by Tim Mason, from the Naval Surface Weapons Center; Measurement Science Department, this informative full day learning experience combines measurement topics, explained on a 101 level by our industry’s subject matter experts. This class is very informal and welcomes feedback and interaction between attendees and the instructors. The subjects are a combination of hands-on and class room presentations but will always leave you more educated than when you arrived. This tutorial is for anyone wanting to learn more about the metrology sciences and sharpen your skill sets. The class is presented by multiple instructors through out the day. Whether you are a seasoned measurement professional, an admin, engineer, or just beginning in this industry, there is something for everyone in the Metrology 101 Back to Basics tutorial.

This year’s subjects include:

  • Measurement Uncertainty 101- this session will teach you how and why we use measurement uncertainty. You will learn in a relaxed atmosphere where all questions are welcome. Presented by Dennis Jackson, one the premier metrology engineers in the industry. He is able to take a complicated subject and teach so that everyone can learn.  This is a must attend session if your “uncertain” about measurement uncertainty or if you want to up your skills and take this session from the one of the industry’s leader on this subject.
  • Audits Are Your Friend- Presented by Randy Long, from ANAB (The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the largest multi-disciplinary accreditation body in North America.) Randy will present the why, what,  how to participate in an audit and why they will benefit the organization. In addition, he can teach the attendee how to talk to an auditor and not end up getting a lump of coal in your Christmas stocking from your supervisor.
  • The Big String Bang Theory or “How to Calibrate a Piece of String” Think it is easy?  Well… Let Jesse Morse, formerly of Fluke Corporation and now with Morse Metrology, walk you through this interesting concept. These concepts used with string theory can be applied to any procedure or validation in your lab or measurement area.
  • All About Digital Voltmeters (DVM) – presented by the premier engineer of the DVM from the Fluke Corp: Jack Somppi. He designed the original Fluke DVM’s and he will be bringing his easy and highly educational teaching style to our classroom.
  • Metrology Wheel of Fortune- Did you know that all calibration standards have to have a chain of Traceability. This session will review some of the standards and how they are linked to the National Standard. Presented by Howard Zion, Director of Application Science at Transcat Inc.
  • Good Laboratory and Technician Practices – presented again by Randy Long. He will share information from a laboratory environment and offer tips and tricks of the trade to improve all laboratory functions.
  • Dimensional Measurement Basics – Presented by Howard Zion,  Transcat Inc. This session will cover all the fun facts of the physical  measurements of the dimensional discipline.
  • RF Basics— Presented by Howard Zion, Director of Application Science at Transcat Inc. Ever wondered about these phenomena of electro-magnetic waves called “RF”? Why do we need it? How do we use it? How do we measure it? Why is it so important in communication? So many questions…. Join us for fascinating session to obtain answers to these and many more questions about RF.

 

Who should attend?

Not just metrology personnel should attend this tutorial.  Anyone needing to enhance their skill sets including personnel new to measurement processes, managers new or old to the industry, administrative personnel skilled in other metrology or measurement areas looking to gain knowledge in other disciplines and laboratory personnel who may not have a background in measurement.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 MSC Training Symposium.

Moderator: Tim Mason, NSWC

Tim Mason - MSCTim Mason has been an active member of the Measurement Science Conference and is currently a Chairman of the Board and Board Member.

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T10 Reporting the Measurement Results, an Analysis of Compliance Decision and Assessment to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Half Day: Thursday AM, March 26

Abstract: The final output of a measurement process is materialized as a report containing a quantification of the measured parameter. It may also contain a decision if the measured quantity complies with pre-determined requirements, or tolerances. Another words if the measured quantity is in or out of tolerances limits. A step by step analysis of requirements determination, assessment direction, and possible types of calibration reports, having always in mind the customer satisfaction. Practical examples will be followed for better understanding.

Speaker: Emil Hazarian, Wilmington Instrument Co.

Emil Hazarian - MSCEmil Hazarian, Prof. Dipl. Eng, Professor California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH),  Quality assurance, MS, Mechanical Engineer, MS Metrology, BS, Measurement Science Conference (MSC), QA Manager Wilmington Instrument Co., Inc., MS/BS Quality Assurance Programs.

Emil Hazarian has over fifty years’ experience in Metrology, Quality Assurance, Standardization, Engineering, and Manufacturing upper management, in national and regional metrology organizations, national primary laboratories and leading manufacturing companies. He possesses domestic and international experience in laboratory accreditation, conformance with ISO 9001, ISO 17025 standards, inception of quality assurance concepts including TQM, Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma for mature industry. He was tasked by the US Department of Commerce as Advisor in Quality Management, Standardization and Metrology for Europe, Romania.

Mr. Hazarian provided consultancy and assessed compliance with ISO 17025 for several government and private defense laboratories as well as other commercial laboratories, domestic and international.

As a consultant, he has acted as an advisor and lecturer for various professional metrology groups. He has also worked as a consultant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Southern California Edison and other large companies.

Mr. Hazarian dynamic contribution to his field of expertise and numerous years of involvement in varying professional conferences has led him to be elected the President of the 2011 Measurement Science Conference (MSC).  He was also concurrently the Chairman of the Glossary Committee for the National Conference of Standard Laboratories International (NCSLI). Recently, he was invited as a speaker at various international metrology events, including the South Yorkshire International Weighing Conference, U.K., and IMEKO-RMO, the 1st International Symposium, in Croatia.

Mr. Hazarian is currently the Quality Assurance Manager for Wilmington Instrument Co. Until recently Mr. Hazarian fulfilled his assignment at NSWC, US Navy in Corona, California, as the Metrology Engineering Laboratory Manager.

Before he managed the Los Angeles County Weights & Measures Laboratory for 19 years. Previously, he worked for the National Institute of Metrology, Bucharest, Romania, with R&D responsibilities including laser measurement for great lengths, helium interferometry, performing fundamental comparison with the national primary standard meter X bar no. 6C, as well as many other projects.  Other experience in Romania includes design engineering for the National Institute for Thermal Engines and as quality assurance assistant manager for the construction of a nuclear power plant.  He was also member of the Governmental Commission for Measuring Instruments Import Approval.

Mr. Hazarian’ teaching experience began at the Metrology College in Romania.  In 1997, he began teaching at California State University Dominguez Hills in the MS/BS Quality Assurance program. Professor E. Hazarian is offering classes in metrology, statistics, reliability, engineering and related topics, for domestic and foreign students.

He authored and contributed to several metrology books including:

  • “The Metrology Handbook”, ASQ Press, 2004 (2011), co-author.
  • “Elements of Measurement Techniques”, 2000
  • “Mechanical Variables Measurement”, CRC Press, 2000, co-author.
  • “Handbook of Measuring Instrumentation and Sensors”, CRC Press, 1999, co-author.
  • “Mass Measurement Techniques”, NIST/OWM contract, 1995.

He also is the author of more than 50 technical articles, lectures and tutorial workshops on metrology-accreditation-standardization-quality related topics delivered at the metrology conferences, including MSC, NCSLI, IMEKO, NSWC Corona Division, California, US Navy

Mr. Hazarian received his formal training in electro-energetic engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania. He graduated from Metrology College (BS Metrology, 1967) and Polytechnic Institute (M.S. Diplomat in Mechanical Engineering, 1975), in Bucharest, Romania, and from California State University Dominguez Hills (MS Quality Assurance 1992).

Languages: English, Romanian, French, and Russian.

Emil Hazarian is also a Certified Lead ISO 9001 and Lean Six Sigma Assessor, as well as a Lead Quality and Technical Assessor for ISO 17025 accreditation bodies.

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T11 New Requirements for the Calibration of Electronic Balances & Scales

Half Day: Thursday AM, March 26 (Before Lunch)

Abstract: A major revision has recently been completed to ASTM E898, “Requirements for the Calibration of Electronic Non-automatic Weighing Instruments” The purpose of the revision is alignment to international documentary standards for the calibration of precision and laboratory balances and scales and the references masses used for the calibrations.

This hands-on and interactive seminar will highlight new and key concepts for the calibration of electronic balances and scales as well as the assignment of uncertainty to the measurement results.  Additionally, we will review the benefits and application of the new NIST Handbook 105-1,” Specifications and Tolerances for Field Standard Weights (Rev. 2019)” for the calibration of precision weighing instruments used in legal metrology consumer sales for products such as gold, cannabis, CBD, etc.

Speaker: Mark Ruefenacht, Rice Lake; Kate Smetana

Mark Ruefenacht - MSC Mark Ruefenacht shares his time as an employee with Rice Lake Weighing Systems as the Technical Director of Precision Products and as an instructor and researcher at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST); teaching courses on mass (weight), balances & scales, measurement traceability, and measurement uncertainty.  He develops NIST training course work, handbooks, and forensic science standards.

Mark is an ISO/IEC 17025 lead and technical assessor with NVLAP and A2LA. Additionally, he provides ongoing technical training and consultation to various ISO/IEC 17025 & ISO 17020 accreditation bodies, calibration laboratories, forensic laboratories, pharmaceuticals, and bio-technology companies. He has specialized in the highest echelons of mass/weight calibrations and mass-related measurements (e.g., balances/scales, force, torque, pipettes, volume, etc.), pharmaceutical measurements, and forensic measurements & tests. Mark is the technical contact for ASTM E617 (Mass & Weights) and ASTM E898 (Balances & Scales).

MSC Logo - MSC Kate Smetana has worked as a metrologist in the Colorado Metrology Lab in Broomfield, CO since 2012.  She is a member of the NCWM (National Conference on Weights and Measures) cannabis task group and an integral member of the regulatory team in Colorado.  In 2015 she led the lab in the achievement of NVLAP accreditation in the areas of mass, volume and tuning fork calibrations.  Kate began her career in Weights and Measures in 2008, as an inspector with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, inspecting scales, testing package weights and reviewing product labels in retail establishments.

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T12 Identification and Handling of Risks, Opportunities and Improvements in a Laboratory

Half Day: Thursday AM, March 26

Abstract: ISO/IEC 17025:2017 requires laboratories to employ a risk-based approach to identify and mitigate risks to laboratory activities, as well as to identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement.  Both serve to increase confidence in the performance of a testing or calibration laboratory and in providing adequate technical information.

The following factors impact the competence of a testing/calibration laboratory and add risks to varying extent in the laboratory operations:

  • Impartiality, avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Competence of the staff performing the testing/calibration activity(ies)
  • Capability, maintenance and calibration of the equipment being used
  • Regulation and monitoring of required environmental conditions
  • Proper implementation of testing methods and calibration procedures
  • Estimation of measurement uncertainty
  • Effectiveness of the management system – Implementation of policies and procedures
  • Data control and test/calibration report generation processes

 

This tutorial will provide the attendee with:

  • Methodology for identification, monitoring and mitigating the risks
  • Identification of opportunities for improvement

Speakers: Dr. George Anastasopoulos, Prasanth S Ramakrishnan, Helga Alexander, IAS

Dr George Anastasopoulos - MSCDr. George Anastasopoulos is the Vice President of Global Development & Compliance, for the US based International Accreditation Service (IAS). He has also been Chairman of the International Personnel Certification Association IPC and member of the Bonn-Germany based, Accreditation Panel of the United Nations Kyoto Protocol system UNFCCC/CDM.

He is a Mechanical Engineer with an MSc and a PhD in Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is also member of ISO/TC176 and ISO/CASCO technical committees who developed the new ISO 9001:2015 and new ISO/IEC 17025:2017. He is actively participating in all IAF and ILAC meetings.

Dr. George Anastasopoulos is awarded with the EOQ Presidential Georges Borel Award for international achievements being at the edge of the development, use and diffusion of quality at international level through his professional activities and behaviors, personally contributing to the development of the European Quality movement through his accomplishments with a global impact in the field of quality.

Dr. Anastasopoulos presented many papers in technical and financial conferences, magazines and newspapers and is the author of many articles and books. He also presented many lectures as keynote speaker in topics such as Conformity Assessment, Management Systems, Business Process Reengineering, Telecoms-FTTH-IT, Quality Assurance and Process Auditing. He participated in numerous consulting and research projects sponsored by government and industry in USA, European Union and many other countries worldwide.

Prasanth S Ramakrishnan Photo - MSCMr. Prasanth S Ramakrishnan is the Principal Accreditation Officer and Program Manager for International Accreditation Service (IAS). He is a Mechanical Engineer with Masters in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.  He is active member of technical organizations such as American Society of Quality (ASQ) and member of the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) proficiency testing committee.

He has conducted numerous assessments and training sessions on conformity assessment standards for many testing and calibration laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025.  He also conducted many assessments for inspection agencies to ISO/IEC 17020. His expertise is mainly focused on mechanical and geotechnical sectors. He has participated and presented in technical discussions, accreditation criteria meeting hearings, miscellaneous conferences and trade shows.

Helga Alexander Photo - MSCHelga Alexander is the Calibration Program Manager for International Accreditation Service (IAS).  She is responsible for assessments, maintenance, renewals and other activities related to calibration laboratories pursuing IAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.  She is also responsible for providing training for the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 version of the standard, measurement uncertainty and for the successful transitioning of all accredited IAS laboratories to the new standard.

In previous roles, Ms. Alexander served as Quality Systems Manager for Southern Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and Metrology Manager for Keithley Instruments in Cleveland, Ohio, where she implemented the ISO/IEC 17025 standard in the primary standards laboratory. Ms. Alexander received a BS in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an MS in Physics from Cleveland State University.

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T15 Imagine Your Force Calibrations Are Not as Accurate as You Think They Are: Chances Are They’re Not!

Half Day: Thursday PM, March 26

Abstract: Not familiar with all the sources of measurement error with force measurements? These errors include using the wrong calibration adapters. Did you know, using a top block for compression loading can produce up to a 0.5 % error if the end-user is using something with different hardness and flatness?

Using the wrong pin size on a tension link can cause a 2 % error on a device with an accuracy of 0.1 % of full scale. The measurement errors demonstrated and discussed will include errors associated with improper alignment and use of different and incorrect adapter types, thread depth, and thread loading as well as some load cell troubleshooting techniques. We will also discuss over 20 familiar primary error sources and how to avoid them.

The focus will shift to  ISO/IEC 17025:2017 section 6.4.5  which states, “The equipment used for measurement shall be capable of achieving the measurement accuracy and or measurement uncertainty required to provide a valid result.” Taking this section into account, we will discuss measurement decision risk with a focus on ANSI/NCSL Z540.3 Method 5 and Method 6 and how the Test Uncertainty Ratio (TUR) impacts the laboratories ability to make statements of conformity to a specification per section 7.1.3 of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.

All participants will receive a USB drive with several helpful documents and excel sheets. Included will be a risk calculator and an uncertainty template which will calculate calibration and measurement capability (CMC) for both force and torque scopes of accreditation.

Speaker: Henry Zumbrun, Morehouse Instrument Company

Henry Zumbrun - MSCHenry Zumbrun is president of Morehouse Instrument Company.  The key to our success is offering products with the lowest measurement uncertainties available.  Ultimately, this helps our customer base make more accurate measurements, which saves on cost, reduces risk, and increases quality.

My passion is to help any lab make better force measurements. I want to explain error sources and how to use this knowledge so that you can make better measurements.  There are so many labs out there who take short cuts, or do not follow the proper guidelines and they may be calibrating your equipment. This equipment may then be responsible for bridges collapsing, product failures, or satellites exploding. These measurements are serious and we welcome anyone wanting to make better measurements into this, or any other class.

Today, you are going to hear about the Morehouse Instrument Company and their drive to help to create a safer world by helping you make better measurements.  From its founding in 1920 to the present time, Morehouse has grown from a local machine shop to one of the most respected names in the calibration and measurement world.

Our speaker today is Morehouse President and fourth generation leader, Henry Zumbrun.  Henry is a native of York, graduated from York Suburban High School and received his  a dual degrees in finance and marketing from the University of Pittsburgh.  Upon graduation, he returned home and rose up the ranks of Morehouse to his present position.  Having known Henry for 25+ years, I can tell you that whatever he gets involved with, he is passionate about.  Henry is a Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lean Champion.  He is married to Marissa and has two sons, Brett and harrison.  Ladies and gentleman, it is my pleasure to present Henry Zumbrun.

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T16 In Defense of Measurements

Half Day: Thursday PM, March 26 (After Lunch)

Abstract: Weights and Measures enforcement is an oft-overlooked legal activity that takes place across the country on a daily basis. Perhaps not as exciting as the police chases we see on reality television but very important in protecting and preserving consumer rights to fair trade.

Equally important are the calibrations performed and test results obtained in metrology laboratories on a daily basis.  Unknowingly, our measurement and test results may be used in the development of a pharmaceutical drug, to gage a critical component on an airliner, to convict or exonerate a person in a forensic case, etc.

Whether you are a Manager or a Metrologist, the work you do has an impact on the equipment you calibrate and the customer. Calibration results occasionally lead to review or litigation.

Being prepared to testify in defense of your work, measurements, and competency is essential.

This is a hands-on and participant-interactive seminar.  Each attendee is required to bring one or two certificates of calibration (or test reports) issued by their laboratory (preferably issued by the attendee).

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Compare the different roles and responsibilities of a Fact Witness vs. an Expert Witness;
  • List five skills of a good witness;
  • Describe how an expert witness would answer questions related to ISO/IEC 17025, metrology, metrological traceability, calibration, and testing;
  • Give an example of metrological traceability to the International System of Units (SI) at a sixth-grade level;
  • Preserve evidentiary chain-of-custody;
  • Participate in a mock trial including questioning and cross-examination.

Speaker: Mark Ruefenacht, Rice Lake

Mark Ruefenacht - MSCMark Ruefenacht shares his time as an employee with Rice Lake Weighing Systems as the Technical Director of Precision Products and as an instructor and researcher at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST); teaching courses on mass (weight), balances & scales, measurement traceability, and measurement uncertainty.  He develops NIST training course work, handbooks, and forensic science standards.

Mark is an ISO/IEC 17025 lead and technical assessor with NVLAP and A2LA. Additionally, he provides ongoing technical training and consultation to various ISO/IEC 17025 & ISO 17020 accreditation bodies, calibration laboratories, forensic laboratories, pharmaceuticals, and bio-technology companies. He has specialized in the highest echelons of mass/weight calibrations and mass-related measurements (e.g., balances/scales, force, torque, pipettes, volume, etc.), pharmaceutical measurements, and forensic measurements & tests. Mark is the technical contact for ASTM E617 (Mass & Weights) and ASTM E898 (Balances & Scales).

MSC Logo - MSC Kate Smetana has worked as a metrologist in the Colorado Metrology Lab in Broomfield, CO since 2012.  She is a member of the NCWM (National Conference on Weights and Measures) cannabis task group and an integral member of the regulatory team in Colorado.  In 2015 she led the lab in the achievement of NVLAP accreditation in the areas of mass, volume and tuning fork calibrations.  Kate began her career in Weights and Measures in 2008, as an inspector with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, inspecting scales, testing package weights and reviewing product labels in retail establishments.

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