This project will develop and implement the procedures required to have fully automated/robotic mass measurement services in the range from 1 mg to 64 kg and for solid density measurements of mass standards in the range of 1 kg to 10 g. The automation of these measurement services will dramatically reduce the turnaround time for mass measurement services by a predicted factor of four, eliminate human errors and other human-induced factors such as thermal effects and operator-dependent repeatability of measurements, and reduce the statistical uncertainty by nearly a factor of two. These improvements will impact nearly all SP250 measurements of mass standards. Cost reduction for NIST customers may be possible; however, cost assessments will be done later since staff involvement will be required for the operation and maintenance of the fully automated systems.
Full automation of mass measurements requires NIST to:
This project will have an impact on the roles of the NIST mass metrology staff. While the robotic systems will still require substantial mass metrology experience to analyze the results, develop special procedures, and perform uncertainty analysis, the labor involved in the actual measurement will be reduced. The skills needed to program, maintain, and operate the robotic systems could be significant. In addition, the capability to perform fully automated mass calibrations will free up a portion of the calibration staff that will be reallocated to support research activities in mass metrology.
Fully automated/robotic mass measurement services in the range from 1 mg to 64 kg and for solid density measurements of mass standards in the range of 1 kg to 10 g.
Lead Organizational Unit:pml
Dr. Zeina J. Kubarych, Program Manager
Related Programs and Projects:
Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML)