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Annual Calibration Exchange 2019

September 18 & 19th in New Orleans, LA

Best calibration practices for safety, efficiency, reliability and quality




Day 1: Managing a calibration program 
Day 2: Performing calibrations

The Annual Calibration Exchange (ACE) is technically driven and education-based, designed to equip managers, engineers and technicians in the field with strategies for improving daily maintenance processes and tasks. 



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. 


Message request to attend

I am requesting your approval to attend the Annual Calibration Exchange (ACE 2019). By attending this event, I will learn important information that could help us with implementing new and improved calibration strategies, ultimately improving quality and safety, while lowering costs and saving time. 

The workshop will be held in New Orleans September 18th and 19th of this year. As I mentioned, I expect to learn quite a bit, and I think it is a great deal and opportunity. On top of the formal program, I am excited to meet peers that are experiencing similar challenges. I have high hopes that the informal conversations will be just as valuable as the presentations themselves. Please approve my request, so that I may register for the event, as spaces are limited.



7 speakers
100 + years experience
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Walt has more than 40 years of experience in the automation industry, including Executive Committee experience in three companies, board of director’s service in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Walt served as the Editor-in-Chief of CONTROL magazine for 10 years. Walt is principal in Spitzer and Boyes LLC, a technology consulting firm assisting companies to better market their products in manufacturing and automation. Walt is now the editor and publisher of Spitzer and Boyes’ magazine, The Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER.

Hunter Vegas

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering

Hunter Vegas has worked in the automation industry for over 30 years and has executed over 2,000 automation projects in the nuclear, pulp and paper, and specialty chemistry industries. He is a frequent contributor to several controls magazines and recently co-published his first book, “101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career” with Greg McMillan. Hunter currently works for Wunderlich-Malec as a Project Engineering Manager and lives in North Carolina.

Joe Heitz

Emerson Automation Solutions

Joseph L. Heitz has more than thirty five years’ experience in the instrumentation, electrical, and automation fields. He has been a project designer, project manager, field engineer, instrument engineer, and a quality assurance representative for metrology. He started out as an instrument technician in a petro-chemical plant. He has an AAS in Electronics from a community college in Iowa. He is presently employed as a Lead Technologist with a major process control company and is responsible for installation oversight, startup, and commissioning on projects globally. His background includes Pharma, nuclear power plants, coal and jet turbine power plants, petro-chemical, chemical, and refineries. He has instituted training programs for technicians and setup metrology or instrument departments.




George Lister

Del Mar College

George learned his love for systems as a digital satellite communications technician in the Submarine Service USN. He has over 30 years of experience in the process industries as a Control Systems Technician. George is an advocate of technical certification contributing to the development of certification programs for ISA, the Electronic Technician’s Association – International, and CompTIA. He currently serves as Chairman of the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician Steering Committee, Vice-President of the ISA South Texas Section and Faculty Advisor for the ISA Corpus Christi Student Section. George is the Program Coordinator for Industrial Instrumentation at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Michael Uhrin

Par Pharmaceutical

Michael Uhrin is the Director of Engineering Services at Par Pharmaceutical in Chestnut Ridge, NY. He worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Danbury, CT in multiple engineering related capacities for the previous 14 years and prior to that served as a Field Engineer and Validation Engineer for Glatt Air Techniques in Ramsey, New Jersey. He holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. Michael has been involved with implementing calibration process changes and global calibration system rollouts. Today, his responsibilities include calibration, preventive maintenance, validation, process automation and engineering related projects.


Rich Kohl


Rich Kohl has been engaged in calibration and measurement uncertainty at various levels for more than 25 years. Having begun in the US AIR Force, he moved through several technical positions at automation companies until he joined Honeywell where he has been for the last 27 years. He was Technical Manager of Honeywell ACS-S Metrology Laboratory for 8 years, where he was responsible for maintaining the Lab’s ISO 17025, Z540 Accreditation and ISO 9001 registration. His Experience includes; Implementing 17025 in a field service organization, managing a Proficiency Testing Program, providing 17025 technical training and maintaining laboratory and field level uncertainty budgets. In addition, he spent 9 years in the Quality organization where he performed internal audits of QMS activities for ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/IEC 17025 in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin

Nestle Dreyer's Ice Cream

Dan Martin is the Electrical and Automation Engineer for Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company in Tulare, California. His extensive knowledge in automation and industrial control applications comes from his career experience with electronics, industrial communications, high voltage electrical systems, SCADA systems, historical data collection and analysis, and vision applications. He has in-depth knowledge of various HMI and PLC systems used in various food & beverage, petrochemical, water, waste water, and industrial facilities. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from DeVry University and many industry certifications in application design and support. He currently manages the calibration program for his factory and is involved in the expansion and standardization of calibration systems in the Nestle Ice Cream division.


Robert Knake


Robert Knake is currently an Accreditation Manager with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), where he joined in October of 2007. He manages the day to day operations and staff of the Calibration program. He is also a staff trainer and conducts training internally of new staff and assessors as well as externally at public training events for A2LA. Knake has a B.S. degree in Industrial Management as well as an A.E. in Chemical Engineering Technology. Mr. Knake also serves on the Board of Directors of NCSL International as Secretary. NCSL International is a non-profit organization “serving the world of measurement”.


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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