Creating training to support small metrology institutes in the transition from paper to digital calibration certification
The joint development of the ‘Digital-SI’ will be made a key objective for the international metrology community at the 27th General Conference on Weights and Measures. To support the transition to digital, several types of digital calibration certificates (DCCs) are under development within larger metrology institutes. DCCs are more secure and efficient than their paper counterparts, can be stored on the machines they certify, and have the potential for machine readability.
However, access to this new technology is not universal. Small and emerging National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) and Designated Institutes (DIs), known as the ‘SEND’ community, lack the knowledge and capability to implement DCCs and require additional support. Freely available DCC information and training would be an effective way to address this issue, but appropriate material is currently unavailable.
This project will produce a training compendium that stakeholders can use to gain basic knowledge on DCCs. It will also produce a starter kit, containing step-by-step guidance for the creation, implementation, and secure delivery of DCCs for temperature and pressure. These will both focus on the SEND community and consider the full range of DCC types and applications. All material will be made freely available online, creating an open access repository to facilitate long-term support.
Adoption of DCCs will increase efficiency and security in calibration certification and support the international transition to the Digital-SI. This project will accelerate uptake of DCCs and establish a training framework, which may be adapted and used in the future as the technology continues to develop.