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NIST Handbook 133 - Volumetric - Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods


The focus of this training will cover the requirements and test procedures within NIST Handbook 133, "Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods," volumetric testing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of Handbook 133, Chapters 1 & 2
  • Gravimetric and volumetric test procedures for liquids (e.g., dairy products, soda, bottled water, juices)
  • Test procedures for viscous products (e.g., gels, glues and caulks)
  • Volumetric and headspace test procedures for containers and products sold by volume (e.g., mayonnaise, oysters, and pressed glass and stemware)
  • Volumetric procedures for ice cream novelties, peat moss, mulch, potting soil, animal bedding and packaged firewood

Technology Requirement(s):

You MUST bring a calculator. There will be no use of computers.

Materials & Supplies:

Participants will be provided with a USB flash drive that includes the presentation and class materials.


Students must have successfully completed a NIST-taught NIST Handbook 133 - Basics "Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods" course in 2009 or later.

Minimum Requirement(s):

Students must be in attendance for the entire class and actively participate in all in-class activities. You will be assessed on your application of all the learning objectives of this course.


State Weights and Measures officials only. This class is limited to 10 participants.


There are no registration fees for this class.


Kenneth S. Butcher,
Phone: (301) 975 - 4859
Email: Kenneth.Butcher@nist.gov

Related Project(s):

NIST OWM has a number of other training opportunities scheduled. For more information:


Start Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
End Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Audience: Government
Format: Seminar


NIST Office of Weights and Measures

Class No.: 5289

Registration Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2014


Register for participation using the Office of Weights and Measures Contact Management System. Database users must first establish an account by going to the link listed above. Follow the instructions to create an account unless you are already a registered user. Your request will be processed within one business day and then you will be sent a password so that you may begin to use the system. If you have any questions, please contact Isabel Chavez at (301) 975?2128.

Transportation Information:


Security Instructions:

You will need a government-issued photo ID (e.g., passport or driver's license) when you check into the Visitors Center at the entrance of NIST on Monday morning. If you will be driving, please bring your Vehicle Registration card also.

Visitor Information:


Registration Contact:

Yvonne Branden,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 3272
Email: yvonne.branden@nist.gov

Isabel Chavez,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 2128
Email: isabel.chavez@nist.gov

Technical Contact:

Lisa Warfield
Office of Weights and Measures,
Phone: (301) 975 - 3308
Email: Lisa.Warfield @nist.gov