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Advanced Mass Calibration and Measurement Assurance Program for State Calibration Laboratories (NISTIR 5672, 2014 ed)



Georgia L. Harris


This publication provides guidelines for evaluating mass calibrations and for establishing measurement assurance programs in precision mass calibration laboratories. The NIST Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) will use these guidelines when evaluating advanced mass calibration data for State laboratories that request technical support, Recognition, and/or National Voluntary Laboratory (NVLAP) accreditation. Advanced mass calibrations use weighing designs, such as those found in earlier version of this publication (SOP 5, 28) NISTIR 6969, Selected Publications (SOP 2 and SOP 4) NBS Technical Note 952, and the NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods that require the use of computer software (Mass Code) for the data reduction. These weighing designs are normally used when high precision (low uncertainty) mass measurement results are sought, although weighing designs can be used at any uncertainty level. The uncertainty reported using advanced weighing designs is based on the historically observed process of similar measurements and is very dependent upon correct procedures for defining these processes.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5672
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advanced mass, mass calibration, measurement assurance, state laboratories, weighing designs


Harris, G. (2014), Advanced Mass Calibration and Measurement Assurance Program for State Calibration Laboratories (NISTIR 5672, 2014 ed), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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Created September 26, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018