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Pressure Calibration

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Date(s): 7 August 2017; 15 August 2017;
Times: 7 August 2017 - training held in Lower Hutt
15 August 2017 - training held in Auckland
Each day begins at 9am (registration and coffee from 8.30 am) and ends at approximately 5:00pm.
Venue(s): Alan MacDiarmid Centre - Lower Hutt; Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre - Auckland;
Cost: $895 + GST, includes tuition, lunch, refreshments, and study materials.
Contact: Darrin Jack

Course overview


This workshop is a practical one-day session dealing with all aspects of pressure gauge and transducer calibration. Calibration is often thought of as a simple task of checking or adjusting and instrument. In fact, calibration involves checking that the gauge under test is working properly, ensuring the reference instrument has a traceable calibration, comparing the two instruments using an appropriate method, and calculating the uncertainty of measurement.

This workshop presents the attendees with an efficient method to calibrate pressure gauges that meets the technical, quality and legal aspects of calibration. A feature of the method is the straight forward way that the measurement uncertainty is calculated.

The presentation includes many demonstrations and hands-on activities that will be of interest to new and experienced users. The course is particularly relevant to those working on or involved in setting up calibration methods to meet ISO 17025 accreditation requirements or in-house quality systems.

Programme Outline

The course is highly interactive, and includes hands-on sessions to develop practical skills.

Topics cover include:

Selecting pressure measurement equipment
Use and maintenance of deadweight testers and reference gauges
Understanding deadweight tester calibration certificates
Methods of pressure gauge calibration
Calibrating a pressure gauge
Calculating the measurement uncertainty
Meeting ISO17025 or in-house quality requirements for traceability

Presenter Profile

Darrin Jack has worked as a pressure metrologist for more than 12 years. His work has involved him in a wide variety of measurements including calibrations of high-accuracy barometers, gas and oil deadweight testers, as well as a wide range of manometers and transducers. His current research area is the automation of barometer calibrations.

Mark Clarkson has worked as a metrologist for more than 20 years in the areas of mass, force, density, pressure and optical measurement. During this time has also been a technical assessor for IANZ assessments of Metrology and Calibration laboratories. He has developed and presented over 45 training workshops in mass and density measurement and uncertainty calculation for testing laboratories. Mark's research interests include development of a non-artefact standard utilising a pressure balance, and he is also a guest lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington.

Chris Sutton has over 20 years experience in mass, density and pressure metrology.  He is a regular presenter of MSL training workshops, author of many of MSL's Technical Guides and technical expert for IANZ assessments of Metrology and Calibration laboratories. Chris is author of over 50 metrology publications. His current research interests include; the watt balance for replacing the current artefact kilogram, pressure balances as pressure standards and their ultimate performance, automation and analysis of mass comparisons, magnetic properties of standard weights and analysis of inter-laboratory comparisons. Chris is currently Chairman of the Calibration and Measurement Capabilities Working Group of the international Consultative Committee for Mass and Related Quantities.


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