Calibration Webcast Series
In principle, calibration is the periodic process of ensuring your instruments meet warranted specifications. In practice, the actual deliverables vary significantly between calibration labs, enough so that your instruments may not meet the specifications you rely on for PASS/FAIL decisions regarding your process or product. This series helps non-metrologists painlessly climb the learning curve as we examine the key concepts of relevant calibration standards without getting mired in details, so that you will know what to ask for, what to expect, and why it matters, when you evaluate who to choose for instrument calibration.
Calibration: Why it matters to you and what it should include
Original broadcast date November 8, 2012 - Register here
When it comes to quantifying instrument or system performance, engineers and metrologists are trying to answer the same question: "How accurate is this measurement?" Although the goal is the same, they use different words to express what they're doing.
In a conversational style, this webcast will cover the key requirements specified in international standards, the key deliverables that fully document the calibration process, and the value of these things relative to the measurements your company counts on. Afterwards, you will be able to evaluate the calibration reports from any cal provider to determine how well they measured the actual performance of the instrument on which you rely.
Calibration Traceability and Standards Compliance
Original broadcast date December 13, 2012 - Register here
We will show how proper calibration ensures that your measurements can be traced back to the international system of units (SI Units). Next, while ISO/IEC 17025 is an important standard for calibration, it is by no means the only standard to follow for proper calibrations. We will provide an easy-to-follow overview of the key requirements that affect calibration for the following standards:
- ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories
- JCGM 100:2008 Guide for Expression of Uncertainty of Measurements
- ILAC-G8 Guidelines on Assessment and Reporting of Compliance with Specification
- ILAC-P14 Policy for Uncertainty in Calibration
- ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994 (R2002) rescinded 2007
- ANSI/NCSL Z540.3-2006 Requirements for the calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment
- ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems requirements
De-Mystifying Calibration Accreditation
Original broadcast January 15, 2013 - Register here
If two calibration laboratories are both accredited do they have the same quality? Is an “accredited calibration” different from getting a calibration from an “accredited laboratory”? What is the risk to you if you order a calibration from a lab and some of the measurements are outside their published “scope-of-accreditation”? Unfortunately, accreditation is often a source of confusion for many people, but it doesn’t have to be! We will de-mystify accreditation, answer these questions, and provide you with a clear understanding on how to determine what you should look for in an accredited calibration lab.
How to Comply with ANSI Z540.3
Original broadcast February 13, 2013 - Register Here
Does your organization presently have requirements for calibration according to ANSI Z540-1? If so, it is probably a matter of time until new contracts have a “flow-down” requirement for compliance with ANSI/NCSL Z540.3-2006. Z540.3 has a requirement that “the probability that incorrect acceptance decisions (false accept) will result from calibration tests shall not exceed 2% and shall be documented…” This webcast explains “probability of false acceptance” in simple terms. Then we’ll cover several methods to comply with the standard, where to go for more information, and finally, availability of Z540.3 calibration for Agilent Technologies instruments.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE SERIES
This webcast series is for anyone responsible for ensuring the credibility of measurements that are used for performance testing of end-products.
Calibration is the periodic process of ensuring your instruments meet warranted specifications. Apart from metrologists, almost no one (engineers, technicians, purchasing professionals) receives any formal training in the science of instrument calibration.
This webcast series will help non-metrologists climb the learning curve painlessly. We'll cover the key concepts of relevant calibration standards without getting mired in the details. At the end, you will know what to ask for, what to expect, and why, when you evaluate who to choose for instrument calibration.
Bob Stern, Senior Metrologist, Agilent Technologies
Bob's education includes BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked for six HP/Agilent divisions, including a 2.5 year assignment in Europe, and has served as an applications programmer and product marketing manager for spectrum analyzers, RF & microwave sources, noise-figure meters, and phase-noise measurement systems. Since 2003, Bob has represented Agilent on several calibration standards committees at NCSLI; recently, he was voted co-chair of the NCSL 174 Standards Writing Committee. He is currently leading efforts to align Agilent's calibration service deliverables with ISO 17025, ILAC-G8, ILAC-P14 and ANSI Z540.3.
Training & Event Materials
Calibration Traceability and Standards Compliance Webcast Slides
Slides from the December 13, 2012 webcast
Seminar Materials 2012-12-13
PDF 1.79 MB
De-Mystifying Calibration Accreditation Webcast Slides
Slides from the January 15, 2013 webcast
Seminar Materials 2013-01-15
PDF 1.65 MB
Calibration: Why it matters to you and what it should include Webcast Slides
Slides from the November 8, 2012 webcast
Seminar Materials 2012-11-08
PDF 1.76 MB
How to Comply with ANSI Z540.3 Webcast Slides
Slides from the February 13, 2013 webcast
Seminar Materials 2013-02-13
PDF 1.09 MB