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Recertification of Neutral Density Standard Reference Materials for Regular Spectral Transmittance

Summary:

The certification for all SRM neutral density filters expires after two years. We maintain a program to recertify such filters produced by us. Filters returned for recertification are measured in the "as received" condition, taken apart and carefully cleaned, and then a final recertification measurement is made. The filters are returned to the customer with a "Report of Recertification" that serves as a replacement for the original certificate. The report contains the "as received" data as well as the new certification data, to permit the customer to evaluate the performance of the filters during the prior certification period.

Description:

  • SRMs 930x, 1930, 2930, and 2031x should be recertified every two years.
  • The current price for recertification of SRMs 930x, 1930, and 2930 is 1144.00 USD, for SRM 2030 is 778.00 USD, and for SRM 2031x is 1602.00 USD, plus additional shipping charges, if applicable. Additional shipping charges are as follows: within the U.S. and Puerto Rico, no extra charge; to Brazil, add 120.00 USD; to elsewhere in Central or South America, add 20.00 USD; to anywhere else, add 10.00 USD.
  • You do not need a Return Authorization Number to send your filters, but you do need to provide payment information for recertification to commence.
  • Required payment information: Company Name, Shipping Address, Billing Address, Filter Type (for example, SRM 930d), Filter Set Number (for example, set 311), the taxpayer identification number (TIN, for U.S. customers only), and a Contact Name with E-mail Address and/or Phone Number.
  • If you are paying by purchase order, then in addition to the information above, we require the P.O. number and the value of the P.O. in U.S. dollars.
  • If you are paying by credit card, also include the type of card and its number, expiration date, and owner name.
  • If you wish to pay by wire transfer see below.

You may choose one of three ways to provide the required information:

  1. The best way is to type all the required information onto one sheet of paper, put it in an envelope, and pack the envelope inside the box with your filters.
  2. Alternatively, you may e-mail the list of required information to filter.recert@nist.gov.
  3. The last option is to put a purchase order inside the box with your filters. However, please note that some purchase orders do not contain all the information listed above. Check your paperwork carefully. If any of the required information is missing, the return of your filters will be significantly delayed.

Your filters will be returned only after we receive the required information in one of the above ways. The average turnaround time is four weeks.

Send your filters to:

NIST 100 Bureau Drive
Building 301, Receiving
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Attention: 227/B212 Optical Filters Program


References

  1. Mavrodineanu, R., An Accurate Spectrophotometer for Measuring the Transmittance of Solid and Liquid Materials, NBS Journal of Research 76A, No. 5, pp. 405-425, (1972).
  2. SP 260-81 - Accuracy in Analytical Spectrophotometry, pp. 46 - 66.
  3. J. C. Travis, M. V. Smith, S. J. Choquette, and Hung-kung Liu, "Certified Transmittance Density Uncertainties for Standard Reference Materials using a Transfer Spectrophotometer," NIST Technical Note 1715, (2011). 

Wire Transfer Information

Below is the bank information you will need if you intend to pay by wire transfer. 

Our account number and name are of critical importance and must be referenced in order for NIST to be properly credited with your payment. It must appear in the precise manner shown to allow for the automated processing and classification of the funds transfer message.

The purchase order number, your country, and the words "Recertification of optical filters: contact Melody Smith, ext. 8534" must also appear on the transfer paperwork.

This transfer of funds can only be accomplished by your company going through a U.S. correspondent bank or by having your country's central bank send a swift telecommunication system message to the federal reserve bank.

Be sure to pay for any processing fees your bank may include.

If you have questions regarding the wire transfer process, contact Julie Weiblinger (Finance Division) at 301-975-2173 (ph), or 301-975-8943 (fax).

Treas NYC (Account is with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
U.S. Department of Treasury
FMS-Banking Operations Branch
3700 East West Highway, Room A505
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Phone (202) 874-6617

ABA# 021030004
Account Number 13060001
Account Name - TREAS NYC/CTR/BNF=/NIST/AC-13060001

OUR ACCOUNT NUMBER AND NAME ARE OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE AND MUST BE REFERENCED IN ORDER FOR NIST TO BE PROPERLY CREDITED WITH YOUR PAYMENT. IT MUST APPEAR IN THE PRECISE MANNER SHOWN TO ALLOW FOR THE AUTOMATED PROCESSING AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE FUNDS TRANSFER MESSAGE. IN ADDITION, PLEASE REFER TO THE NIST INVOICE NUMBER, YOUR PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER, YOUR COUNTRY, AND ANY OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION THAT WOULD HELP US IDENTIFY WHAT YOUR COMPANY IS PAYING.

THIS TRANSFER OF FUNDS CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED BY YOUR COMPANY GOING THROUGH A U.S. CORRESPONDENT BANK OR BY HAVING YOUR COUNTRY'S CENTRAL BANK SEND A SWIFT TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEM MESSAGE TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK. BE SURE TO COVER ANY PROCESSING FEES YOUR BANK MAY CHARGE YOU.

Start Date:

November 1, 1972

End Date:

Ongoing

Lead Organizational Unit:

mml

Facilities/Tools Used:

High Accuracy Spectrophotometer (HAS II) [Refs. 1, 2]

Biochemical Science Division Transfer Spectrophotometer (BSDTS) [Refs. 1 – 3]

Staff:

Melody Smith

Associated Products:

Contact

Melody Smith
Email: filter.recert@nist.gov
Phone: 301-975-4115
Fax: 301-977-0587