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Morehouse Newsletter Issue 9 (2017)

March 23, 2017

This may be the last version of our Newsletter in this format. This newsletter discusses our Portable Calibrator, LAC and has an article on measurement risk.

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 8 (Q4 2016)

October 01, 2016

Features: New Calibration Certificates and QR Codes; Top 3 ASTM E74 Calibration Mistakes; Upcoming Events – Announcements and Dates

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 7 (Q3 2016)

July 01, 2016

Features: Designing Force Adapters for Calibration; Quick Change Tension Adapters for Calibrating Machines; Upcoming Events – Announcements and Dates; Meet Our Staff - James Wagner, Chief Engineer

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 6 (Q2 2016)

April 01, 2016

Features: 2-Bar Versus 3-Bar Universal Calibrating Machines; ASTM E74 Calibration – Simplified step-by-step instructions; Upcoming Events – Announcements and Dates

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 5 (Q1 2016)

January 01, 2016

Features: Tips from the Cal Lab - SPC – Statistical Process Control in the lab; Good Measurement Practice – Keep your system in control with a 5 in 1 solution; Calibration Intervals – by Phil Smith; Upcoming Events – Announcements and Dates

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 4 (Q4 2015)

October 01, 2015

Features: Load Cell Troubleshooting – Morehouse 7 Step Load Cell Troubleshooting Guide; Potential Measurement Error – Tension Links; Meet the Morehouse Staff – Barry Cook (Lab); Training Workshop – Announcements and Dates

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 3 (Q3 2015)

July 01, 2015

Features: Lean Tips – Setup Reduction; Potential Measurement Error – Unbolting Load Cells May Not Product Repeatable Results; Meet the Morehouse Staff – William Lane (Design Engineer); “Specifying Accredited Services” – Column by Phil Smith

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 2 (Q2 2015)

April 01, 2015

Features: Lean Tips - 5S or 6S; Potential Measurement Error - 4 wire versus 6 wire; Meet the Morehouse Staff - Brian Ruppert (Machine Shop Supervisor); "Single Measurement Bliss" - Column by Dilip Shah discussing the problems with a single measurement

Morehouse Newsletter Issue 1 (Q1 2015)

January 01, 2015

Features: Tips from the calibration lab - Point of Use to Save Time; Potential Measurement Error - Loading Through Bottom Threads in Compression; History of Morehouse - A detailed history from the 1920's through 2015; Oops! I severed my Cable Again - An article about switching cables

Recommended Compression and Tension Adapters for Force Calibration

May 14, 2018

Want to learn more about force measurement errors and the impact the wrong adapters can have? The wrong adapters can produce measurement errors up to 20 times that of when the instrument was calibrated. This technical paper provides greater detail on adapters for compression and tension calibration of load cells, mini load cells, washer load cells, s-beam, tension links, multi-axis, hand-held for gauges and other force measuring instrumentation. It goes into detail about to improve your force calibrations with the proper adapters.

An Introduction to the Differences Between the Two Most Recognized Force Standards

April 26, 2018

Morehouse has been performing both ASTM E74 and ISO 376 calibrations for more than fifteen years. We have been calibrating in accordance with the ASTM E74 standard since its introduction in 1974, and performing ISO 376 calibrations since sometime in early 2000. Until recently, we assumed that the rest of the world and force community knew that the standards were completely different and that either standard could not be substituted for another. This paper explains those differences in more detail.

What is measurement risk?

April 12, 2017

Measurement decision risk as probability that an incorrect decision will result from a measurement. Are you telling your customers instrument passes without considering measurement uncertainty? If taken to court, are your measurement defensible? This paper examines the proper way to make statements of compliance.

Uncertainty propagation for force calibration systems, or how to put together a force CMC.

February 07, 2017

Having troubles understanding measurement uncertainty and how to put together a budget? This paper examines all of the components required to put together a full calibration and measurement capability (CMC) reviewed by Accreditation Bodies for your scope. This is a guide to calculating force measurement uncertainties and was published in Cal Lab magazine.

Analyzing the effects of ignoring the trailing zero in calibrations

February 07, 2017

Article written by Henry Zumbrun for Cal lab Magazine.

Molecule Excitement Decline

February 06, 2017

What you need to know about dual range calibrations. Article from Test Magazine May 2016 issue.

Potential Measurement Errors in Force Calibrations

February 06, 2017

Article in test magazine from Oct-Nov 2015 issue.

Measuring Torque

February 06, 2017

Article published in Quality Digest written by Henry Zumbrun (Morehouse Instrument Company).

May the Force Be With You

February 06, 2017

Recommended steps for calibrating instruments in accordance with ASTM E74-13a. Published in Quality Digest Online in July 2016

Using Mass Weights to Calibrate Force Devices Can Result in a Large Measurement Error

May 29, 2018 12:00:00

This blog describes the expected errors from using mass weights to calibrate force measuring instruments such as load cells, crane scales, dynamometers, hand-held force gauges, and tension links. We examine the error in using LBS instead of LBF and vice versa. Gravity is not constant over the surface of the earth. The most extreme difference is 0.53 % and using mass weights for calibration and then using the instrument somewhere else can result in significant measurement errors.

Without the Right Adapters a Force Calibration Technician is Nothing Short of Being Called a Miracle Worker

May 07, 2018 12:00:00

Think about that for a minute. Would you want a surgeon to operate on you with kitchen utensils such as a serrated knife? Then why do some people (management cough) expect or ask the force calibration technician to calibrate load cells, truck & aircraft scales, tension links, dynamometers, and other force measuring devices with whatever they have in their laboratory.

ASTM E74-18 Changes

April 27, 2018 12:00:00

It’s been five years since ASTM E74 was last updated. The new standard ASTM E74-18 is released and this blog is going to detail some of the major changes between ASTM E74-13a and ASTM E74-18.

Guidance on Uncertainty Budgets for Force Measuring Devices Part 4. Calculating Uncertainty for Force Proving Instruments Calibrated to ISO 376

March 14, 2018 12:00:00

Morehouse CMC sheet will allow CMC calculation in accordance with ISO 376. The purpose of this blog is to provide guidance for determining the proper contributors of parameters for force measuring devices that should be taken into consideration when developing uncertainty calculations that support Calibration and Measurement Capability (CMC) uncertainty claim made on a scope of accreditation.

Understanding ISO 376

March 09, 2018 12:00:00

ISO 376:2011 Metallic materials — Calibration of force-proving instruments used for the verification of uniaxial testing machines standard explained. The ISO 376 standard is used worldwide, and it is a requirement for anyone calibrating in accordance with ISO 7500. If ISO 7500 is the requirement, then calibration needs to be performed in accordance with ISO 376 on the force-proving instruments used to certify the tensile machine. It is also the generally accepted force standard for most of the countries outside of North America for calibration of force-proving instruments such as load cells, proving rings, dynamometers, and other instruments used to calibrate similar types of instruments.

ASTM E74 IS NOT THE SAME AS ISO 376

February 26, 2018 12:00:00

The article discusses the differences between ISO 376 and ASTM E74 in hopes to prevent intermixing of the standard as we had heard of companies using an ASTM E74 calibration to certify a tensile machine to ISO 7500.

Morehouse has New ISO 376 Calibration Certificates

February 20, 2018 12:00:00

Morehouse has been performing ISO 376 calibrations for over the last fifteen years. In this time frame, we have changed our ISO 376 certificate format three times. The latest change offers additional information such as calibration graph per run and is laid out in a way that is much more cohesive making it easier to read and understand

Calibrating Multi-Axis Load cells in a Morehouse Calibrating Machine

February 06, 2018 12:00:00

This blog details the calibration multi-axis load cells in a Morehouse Universal Calibrating Machine. Similar adapters and the same method could be used to calibrate multi-axis load cells in a Morehouse Deadweight frame. Please contact us for more information.

Tensile Calibration Adapter Breakthrough! Morehouse Force Calibration Adapters for Calibration of Lifting Devices such as Crane Scales, Tension Links, and Dynamometers.

January 16, 2018 12:00:00

Finally, a way to reduce excessive clutter and simplify tensile calibrations for Load Cells, Crane Scales, Tension Links, and Dynamometers.

Choosing the Right Indicator for your Load Cell System

December 19, 2017 12:00:00

If you get everything else correct and choose the wrong indicator, the overall system performance can suffer. This blog is going to better detail three specific indicator types. These are: 1- An A/D indicator that requires a computer to read the display 2- A battery powered portable indicator with minimal span points 3- A versatile indicator that can be used with several span points or accurately display mV/V through calibration.