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Annual Calibration Exchange 2019

September 18 & 19th in New Orleans, LA

Designed to equip managers, engineers and technicians in the field with strategies for improving daily maintenance processes and tasks.

 

 

Two days all about calibration

 

Why attend?

 Highlights from the program include:

Open discussion of the best calibration practices
How to perform complex calibrations
Strategies for eliminating paperwork
Ensuring data integrity 
Hands-on multivariable transmitter workshop
Calibration competitions with prizes 

Get educated. Continuing education is a vital part of every success formula. Learn about the newest processes, advancements in technology, techniques to save time, lower costs, increase safety and improve your business. Discover the most advanced strategies that are working for others and find out what didn’t work, so you don’t waste your time, energy and resources.

Get focused. Being around like-minded people is refreshing. Attending this conference will help you regain focus, which can greatly improve productivity. Use this opportunity to explore new ideas and systems that can help you overcome challenges you are facing. This conference will give you a chance to learn as well as “rest and reflect.”

Get inspired. Meet and network with industry experts. You will get to meet the experts face to face. It’s good to connect through email or webinars, it is better to connect on the phone, but the best way to connect is face to face, and always will be.

 

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Program


7 speakers

 100 + years experience

Day 1: Managing a calibration program
Day 2: Performing calibrations
Wednesday, September 18th
8:00 AM
Breakfast & Registration
Check in, pick up your event goodies and get settled in for the day.
8:30 AM
Welcome to the Annual Calibration Exchange
From the Beamex USA President, Greg Sumners.
8:45 AM
Impact of digitalization on process industries
Walt Boyes, Spitzer & Boyes
Technology, the increasing speed of business and the requirement for measurable business value are all forces that have and will influence how calibration is performed and managed. Join this discussion as visionary, Walt Boyes, with more than 40 years of experience with instrumentation, lays out some predictions for the future and gives you some ideas on how to manage a successful calibration program in today’s fast-moving world.
9:30 AM
Automating calibration & maintenance inspections
George Lister, Del Mar College
Have you been doing things the same way just because "this is how we've always done it"? Does implementing a new system or improvement seems too time consuming or expensive? This presentation highlight some key indicators that suggest it may be time to change your process and will show how a process improvement can save you time and create a big return on investment.
10:15 AM
Break
Take this opportunity to network with peers, exchange feedback on the morning's presentation and reflect on what you have learned so far. Or, simply get caught up on email.
10:45 AM
Uncertainty in calibration
Rich Kohl, Honeywell
Did you know you can calculate your confidence level in a measurement? This presentation will describe you can use statistics in measurement, AKA uncertainty analysis, to determine an appropriate uncertainty value, calibration intervals and tolerances without a PhD in mathematics. Essential components of uncertainty will be explained, and experts will discuss when traditional errors, like % of span are appropriate and what to use with digital technology and smart instruments.
11:45 AM
Lunch
The University of New Orleans is located just 15 minutes away from the French Quarter. Lunch today will include an array of eclectic cajun food.
1:00 PM
To calibrate or not to calibrate?
Hunter Vegas, Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
How many times have you sent out your crew to calibrate the same instrument again and again to still have production complain it isn’t reading correctly? As a manager it is clearly important to know and train your staff how to calibrate, but it is just as important to know when calibration will NOT solve the problem. Learn to recognize the various situations and indicators which tell you the issue has nothing to do with calibration at all.
2:00 PM
Break
This is your second opportunity of the day to network with peers, exchange feedback on the day's presentation and reflect on what you have learned so far. Or, simply get caught up on email.
2:30 PM
Roundtable open discussion
Join an engaging conversation with your peers and industry leaders to discuss the challenges you are facing right now. The toughest situations will be examined, giving you the opportunity to learn how others have overcome similar dilemmas and tactics you can apply immediately to resolve them.
3:15 PM
Closing remarks
Beamex USA's President, Greg Sumners, will comment on the day's presentations and conclude the formal program of Day 1.
3:30 PM
Networking Reception
This reception will begin directly after closing remarks onsite. Join the group for games, snacks, drinks and more.

Thursday, September 19th

8:00 AM
Breakfast & check-in
Check in, enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and get settled in for the day.
8:30 AM
Welcome back to the Annual Calibration Exchange
From the Beamex USA President, Greg Sumners.
8:45 AM
Optimizing tolerances for safety and process performance
Mike Uhrin, Par Pharmaceutical
One of the most frequently asked questions is how often should you calibrate instruments. Unfortunately, there is no straight answer to this, at least not one that is always correct. Instead there is a list of variables that should be taken into account when deciding the calibration period for any measurement device. This presentation will explore these variables and equip you with guidelines for determining calibration intervals
9:30 AM
Calibration system integrations
Daniel Martin, Nestle
Calibration data is critical to the success of any program and managing that data is sometimes difficult. Instruments are wired to run equipment; however we constantly place the data about the instrument only in a calibration software or some offline record. Organization of data and how to present it is the first step, but keeping that data consistent is the trick and often the disconnect in our systems. This presentation is designed for those who support calibrations program on their site.
10:15 AM
Break
Take this opportunity to network with peers, exchange feedback on the morning's presentation and reflect on what you have learned so far. Or, simply get caught up on email.
10:45 AM
ISO 17025: creating reliability in process calibration
Robert Knake, A2LA
This presentation will discuss the changes to the most recent version of ISO/IEC 17025 and how it impacts accuracy, quality, reliability and safety of field calibration. The goal of the standard is to increase the confidence in the ability of a laboratory to consistently provide quality data that you can rely upon when making measurement decisions in your organization. The presentation will provide highlights of the standard, benefits of compliance to its requirements and the international mutual recognition structure setup to facilitate global acceptance of accredited laboratories and the tests and calibrations they perform.
11:45 AM
Lunch
Munch a traditional southern influenced lunch of sandwiches, chips, salad and more with a tasteful pick me up ending.
1:00 PM
Multivariable & smart instrument calibration workshop
Joe Heitz, Emerson Automation Solutions
As technology continues to develop at an ever-increasing pace, multivariable and smart instruments are becoming more widespread. Learn how to use a documenting calibrator with built in HART communication to easily calibrate these transmitters. This hands-on workshop will walk you through a multivariable instrument calibration, step by step, including re-ranging, calibrating, and trimming.
2:30 PM
Break
Take this opportunity to network with peers, exchange feedback on the the day's presentations and reflect on what you have learned so far. Or, simply get caught up on email.
3:00 PM
Experience sharing and open discussion
Join an engaging conversation with your peers and industry leaders to discuss the challenges you are facing right now. The toughest situations will be examined, giving you the opportunity to learn how others have overcome similar dilemmas and tactics you can apply immediately to resolve them.
3:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Beamex USA's President, Greg Sumners, will conclude the 2019 Annual Calibration Exchange.
 

Keynote Speakers

100+ years' combined experience in automation and instrumentation

Walt Boyes

Spitzer & Boyes

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George Lister

Del Mar College

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Rich Kohl

Honeywell

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Hunter Vegas

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering

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Michael Uhrin

Par Pharmaceutical

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Daniel Martin

Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream

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Joe Heitz

Emerson Automation Solutions

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Robert Knake

A2LA

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University of New Orleans

Training, Resource, and Assistive-technology Center
TRAC, Room 203
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

 

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Admission to all technical sessions and networking event
Access to experts with combined 100+ years's experience
5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) per day
 
$300 for full access advanced registration (ends August 20th)
$195 for a one-day access

A majority of the proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund!

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