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Temperature measurement and calibration

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Date(s): 9 August 2018; 16 August 2018;
Times: 9 August 2018 - training held in Lower Hutt
16 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 $1095 + GST. From 30 June 2018 $1195 + GST. Includes tuition, lunch, refreshments, and study materials and Traceable Temperatures Textbook.
Contact: Rod White

Course overview

It has been said that more than half of all of the measurements made in the world are temperature measurements. Temperature impacts on our basic comfort, food preparation, transport, medicine, as well as a huge range of high and low tech industries.

Despite the large number of measurements, our experience is that as many as one in five thermometers are outside the manufacturers’ specifications. The primary aim of this course is to provide the information that enables users to recognise faulty thermometers and to install and use thermometers correctly.

The course provides a mix of principle and practice with guidelines for designing calibrations and measurements, including lists of things that go wrong, and the tips and tricks for recognising problems. The emphasis is on ensuring that you can apply the knowledge in your own workplace.

The course is relevant to any personnel who use or check thermometers as a part of laboratory testing, plant installation, or monitoring and maintenance tasks. Staff involved in laboratory accreditation and QA programmes will find it especially useful.

Programme Outline

The course focuses on the use, care and calibration of thermometers. Topics include:

  • Temperature, definitions, the ITS-90 temperature scale
  • Traceable standards, certificates, uncertainties
  • Calibration and use of thermometers
  • Liquid-in-glass thermometers, ice-point checks
  • Resistance thermometers, instrumentation
  • Thermocouples, furnace and oven surveys
  • Radiation thermometers
  • Surface and air temperature measurements
  • Temperature control (if time allows) 

Presenter Profile

Peter Saunders is the head of the Temperature Section of MSL, and has specialised in radiation thermometry for more than 20 years. His research interests include modelling of the various errors and uncertainties that occur in industrial applications of radiation thermometry, and methods for improving calibration systems for thermometry. He is author of a text book on radiation thermometry, and is on the Radiation Thermometry Working Group of the international Consultative Committee on Thermometry.

Rod White has over 25 years experience in measurement including, consultancy, technical assessments, and research. He has won awards for his contribution to temperature measurement in NZ, and is author of Traceable Temperatures, a book used world wide for Temperature Training courses.

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