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Launching of Measurement Assurance Program for Quality and Productivity

12 Dec 2012

Time: Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012, 9.00 am to 11.40 am
Venue: Auditorium, Level 1, TÜV SÜD PSB Building, 1 Science Park Drive, Singapore 118221 (map)


Measurement assurance is critical to ensure high quality and productivity in product design and manufacturing. The National Metrology Centre (NMC) has launched a Measurement Assurance Program (MAP) to improve the measurement capability and confidence of accredited calibration laboratories, testing laboratories, R&D laboratories and factory’s in-house calibration laboratories.

NMC’s MAP provides regular proficiency tests which allow various laboratories to verify their competency by comparing their measurement results with the reference values traceable to the SI Units. The MAP will also provide consultancy and training, to help ensure various laboratories are capable of making accurate measurements. This seminar is jointly organized by NMC and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). It covers NMC's Measurement Assurance Program, HSA’s proficiency testing programme, laboratory accreditation and quality control via length measurement standards.


8:30 am


9:00 am

Welcome and Opening Address

By Dr Thomas Liew, Acting Executive Director, National Metrology Centre (NMC)

9:10 am

The Roles of Measurement Assurance in Quality and Productivity [Download Material]

By Mr Victor Tan, Program Manager and Principal Metrologist, National Metrology Centre

The assurance of precise measurements are required not only in the quality control in manufacturing but also in the testing of products by testing laboratories, in the calibration of measuring instruments by calibration laboratories and, in conducting experiments by research laboratories. This talk will reveal how a measurement assurance programme needs to be put in place to verify the reliability of measurement results and how it helps not only in assuring quality but also in improving productivity. As such, NMC has just launched its Measurement Assurance Programme (MAP) to assure measurement quality by verifying individual laboratory’s proficiency in measurements.

9:40 am

The HSA Proficiency Testing Programme

ByDr Teo Tang-Lin, Senior Scientist, Chemical Metrology Division, Health Sciences Authority

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has been a Designated Institute for Chemical Metrology in the areas of medical, healthcare, food, pharmaceutical and forensics since 2008. A Chemical Metrology Laboratory was established within the Applied Sciences Group of HSA to develop necessary capabilities and to spearhead this chemical metrology programme. In 2011, HSA launched its Proficiency Testing (PT) programme as part of the metrological services to local testing laboratories. HSA’s PT programme comprises a general programme for food testing laboratories and a special External Quality Assessment (EQA) programme for clinical laboratories. Both programmes serve as a mechanism to engage chemical testing and, clinical laboratories in Singapore to highlight the importance of traceability in measurements. This presentation provides an overview of the key initiatives accomplished, challenges faced and future directions of the HSA PT and EQA programmes.

10:10 am

Tea Break

10:40 am

Introduction of SAC Accreditation and Role of Proficiency Testing in Accreditation[Download Material]

By Mr Kolin Low, Manager, SAC Secretariat, SPRING Singapore

This talk introduces the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC), laboratory accreditation and traceability. It will also cover the Proficiency Testing schemes to provide assurance for calibration and measurement results.

11:10 am

Precision Length Measurement to Improve Quality and Productivity in Manufacturing[Download Material]

By Mr Nobuo Suga, Advisor and Instructor, Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology, Mitutoyo America Corporation

All precise measurements start with a comparison between what’s known and what’s unknown, where the “known” is often an artifact standard, such as a gage block or a line scale. The gage blocks are known as the “end standards” which were invented by Carl E. Johansson of Sweden. He named his invention “combination gage block set,” for they are “combined” by wringing them together to attain a given length. The gage blocks are, in turn, compared with a wavelength of light, typically 633 nanometer-long red laser. We have found all commercially available wavelengths are accurate to one thousandth of one nanometer, or to the domain of one picometer. Our discovery made us believe that the wavelength is adequate enough to calibrate gage blocks. Gage blocks are at the top of the length traceability hierarchy since they are compared with the wavelength, which is a physical constant. Nothing else is traceable, unless compared first with the gage blocks. This talk will show that length measurement standards are important to improve quality and productivity in manufacturing.

11:40 pm


About the Speakers

Mr Victor Tan received his B.Sc. degree in 1978 from the University of Essex, UK.  Since joining the National Metrology Centre (NMC) in 1983, Victor has been involved in precision temperature and humidity measurements. Victor has been a technical assessor for the Singapore Accreditation Council - Singapore Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (SAC-SINGLAS) since 1985.  He is the current chair of the Calibration and Measurement Technical Committee of the SAC-SINGLAS.

Dr Teo Tang-Lin  received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the National University of Singapore in 2007. She joined the Illicit Drugs Laboratory of HSA in 2008 and later moved to the newly established Chemical Metrology Laboratory. Dr Teo was attached to the National Measurement Institute of Australia in 2008 to receive technical training in isotope dilution mass spectrometric methods and purity assessments. She was appointed the Team Leader of the Organic Chemistry Section to develop technical capabilities in the analysis of preservatives, additives, pesticides in various food matrices, as well as purity assessment of organic compounds. In May 2011, when the Chemical Metrology Laboratory embarked on the provision of Proficiency Testing (PT) programmes, Dr Teo was tasked to lead a team in the planning and organisation of PT schemes for the local testing laboratories.

Mr Kolin Low has joined Singapore Accreditation Council, SPRING Singapore for almost 3 years. As a Manager, he is the officer-in-charge for Calibration & Measurement and Gaming Testing field. His key responsibilities includes conduct of ISO/IEC 17025 and 17020 assessments as lead assessor, development of Calibration & Measurement and Gaming Testing field, development of capability of the laboratories, and promotional activities of Accreditation in Singapore.

Mr Nobuo Suga joined Mitutoyo America Corporation in NYC in 1965. He is formerly the VP of Mitutoyo America. His responsibilities include marketing, product analysis, trade shows, technical department, patent matters, advertising agency, calibration laboratory, internal education and metrology seminars in major cities. He is currently the advisor and  instructor of metrology at Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology, Mitutoyo America.  He specializes in all phases of dimensional metrology including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, gage calibration, form and surface roughness, coordinate measuring machine, gage repeatability and reproducibility, hands-on training, etc. He has taught over 10,000 quality control and production engineers in the US.  He received his education at New York University and Harvard Business School.  Mr Suga is the author of “Metrology Handbook (Science of Measurement)”.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and scientists from Singapore's accredited calibration and test laboratories, R&D laboratories,  factory’s in-house calibration laboratories, quality assurance personnel and anybody who is interested in measurements. The audience will get to know more about measurement assurance scheme (proficiency test, traceability, quality control in measurement, laboratory accreditation, etc) which helps to improve measurement capability, quality and productivity.