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Date(s): 7 August 2018; 14 August 2018;
Times: 7 August 2018 - training held in Lower Hutt
14 August 2018 - 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; Callaghan Innovation - Auckland Central;
Cost: EARLY BIRD Rate $895 + GST. From 30 June 2018 $945 + GST Includes tuition, lunch, refreshments, and study materials.
Contact: Greg Reid

Course overview

There are increasing demands on laboratories to demonstrate quality assurance in their measurements. This course provides training to assist laboratory personnel to meet these demands.

Balances are used extensively in laboratory measurements, but the ease and simplicity of using a balance belies the fact that it is a complex instrument. Reliable measurements using a balance can only be assured through an understanding of:

  • how the balance works,
  • factors that can influence the balance reading, and
  • the need for ongoing checks and calibration.

This course introduces balances and weighing. It provides useful frameworks and concepts while emphasising practical skills and knowledge that can be applied in your own organisation. The course covers sources of error in measurements and common pitfalls of weighing. It will assist you to solve common problems associated with the use of balances or weights used for checking and calibrating balances, and engender confidence in your measurements.

Programme Outline

The course is highly interactive to enable you to benefit from the experience of other participants and the presenter. There will be a number of hands-on calibration sessions to develop practical skills.

Participants will learn how to

  • Define what a balance measures
  • Select the correct balance for the task
  • Use a balance effectively
  • Calibrate a balance and calculate the uncertainty of the calibration
  • Apply traceability and quality standards
  • Use check weights

Presenter Profile

Greg Reid has worked as a mass and density metrologist at the Measurement Standards laboratory for 8 years. His work includes calibration of hydrometers, density standards, volumetric glassware, weights and balances from the ‘state-of-the-art level (about 1 in 100 million) to those used in trade and industry (about 0.1%). His current research interests include the automation of mass comparisons.

Chris Sutton has over 25 years experience in mass, density and pressure metrology. He is a regular presenter of MSL training workshops, author of several MSL Technical Guides, technical expert for IANZ assessments of Metrology and Calibration laboratories and a member of IANZ's Professional Advisory Committee for Metrology and Calibration. His current research interests include; the watt balance for replacing the current artefact kilogram and pressure balances as pressure standards. Chris is currently Chair of the Working Group on the dissemination of the kilogram of the international Consultative Committee for Mass and Related Quantities.

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