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NIST Seminar - Selection, Calibration, and Use of  Contact Thermometers


In this seminar, we will discuss contact thermometers commonly used in industry for applications that use platinum resistance thermometers, thermistors, thermocouples, and liquid-in-glass thermometers.

Lecture topics covered will include:

  • Thermometer overview of each type, characteristics, and expected uncertainties;
  • Selecting a thermometer for a specific application;
  • Creating a calibration uncertainty budget and a temperature measurement uncertainty budget,
  • Selecting alternatives to mercury-filled thermometers,
  • Calibration techniques and measurement validation methods,
  • Alternatives to traditional calendar recall dates for recalibration,
  • Statistical process control and maintaining traceability to NIST,
  • The step-by-step development of a Scope of Accreditation (e.g. uncertainty budgets) for different temperature calibration services,
  • An assessor’s point of view during an on-site technical assessment, and
  • Proficiency tests for achieving accreditation.

Laboratory session will include:

  • Using an ice melting to check the calibration status of your thermometer
  • Determining the uncertainty of a dry-well block calibrator
  • Exploring the measurement differences and uncertainties between alternative thermometers

The seminar will begin at 8:00 am Monday, March 14th, 2011 and end 5:00 pm Wednesday, March 16th, 2011.


Greg Strouse and Karen Garrity, NIST Process Measurements Division


Start Date: Monday, March 14, 2011
End Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Format: Seminar


Measurement Science Conference


Register here.

Registration Contact:

Greg Strouse
(301) 975-4803