International

Measurement Technology

for

Process Automation

INTERNATIONAL

RESOURCES

Most activities, methods and actions are the same, wherever in the world you work. However, details may vary and standards sometimes have different names. In most countries there are authorities and organisations to support your activities. Below you will find a number of organisations working in the field of process measurement. Unfortunately this list will not cover every region, but if contacting any of these organisations they are probably able to guide you to the correct destination.

 

Organisations

There are three different types of international organisations dealing with process measurements.

These are;

• general standardisation bodies (like ISO)

• communities (like Namur)

• umbrella organisations for legal metrology and traceability (like OIML)

 

Additionally each country usually has a national metrology laboratory. Often this is a good starting point for further contacts and advice.

 

Click for more info. Each name is linked to the home page of that specific organisation.

 

Afrimets

Intra-Africa Metrology System provides standards and support for member nations within the African continent.

 

ANSI

American National Standards Institute, a community for standardisation in USA. Also measurement and calculation standards are available, as well as “test schemes” for example to test and verify machines and systems. Pipes, fittings and flanges with measures standardised by ANSI are commonly used worldwide.

 

API

An important organsation in the oil and gas industry. Many standards related to measurements have been published and also related information such as density tables can be found here.

 

Asean

Pan Asian organisation for traceability and calibration.

 

ASME

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers is a community for standardisation in USA. ASME is well known for standards regarding safety of equipment mechanical equipment, particularly boilers and pressure vessels. But also measurement and calculation standards are available, as well as “test schemes” and similar for example to test and verify various machines and systems.

 

BIPM

BIPM is the home of the metric system, and a foundation for traceable measurements. Here you can find information, recommendations and advice as well as contact information for all member states.

 

BMTA

British Measurement and Testing Association, dealing with members’ concerns regarding measurements.

 

CEESI

Colorado Engineering Experiment Station, Inc. is a US calibration laboratory for flow meters, also offering a variety of useful publications and documents.

 

DIN

German national standards, in many cases transformed to European standards.

 

EA – European Accreditation Council

Supervising local, national accreditation bodies with applied accreditation and assessment of accredited laboratories.

 

EASC

Euroasian Interstate Council works with standardization, metrology and certification.

 

EI - Evaluation International

A cooperation between France, the Netherlands and United Kingdom. Members (companies) each year arrange evaluations of various measuring devices to assist in selection and purchasing of new instruments.

 

EN/ CEN

The European Committee for Standardisation is the center for standards in general, and for electrical devices in particular.

 

Euramet

Synchronising parts of the European research work, mainly related to national metrology institutes.

 

GCC – GSO

The GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) is a standards organization for the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council and a portal for standards, including metrology and measurement, is available at their home page.

 

GOST

Federal agency for technical regulation and metrology of the Russian Federation, home of Russian standardisation and legal metrology publish standards, recommendations and legally binding documents.

 

ILAC

The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation assists national accreditation bodies with applied accreditation and assessment of accredited laboratories.

 

IMEKO

IMEKO has sub divisions for various measurement areas, such as temperature (TEMPMEKO) and flow (FLOMEKO). New findings and research work are presented, at annual meetings and conferences.

 

ISO

Worldwide organisation for standards of all kinds. A number of standards related to measurements are listed elsewhere in this book. With regard to flow meters, one important example is ISO 5167 dealing with orifice plates and Venturi tubes.

 

NIST

The US measurement center, located just outside Washington DC. At NIST the American national standards have their home and the expression “traceable to NIST” is famous.

 

Namur

German/ European community for various technical issues. Two examples in the field of measurements are signal levels and explosion proof design where NAMUR standards are commonly used.

 

OIML

Sister organisation to BIPM, but with a focus on legal metrology (mainly measurements involved in payments, taxes and similar).

 

SIM

The Inter-American Metrology System covers measurement and metrology issues for the member nations of the Organization of American States (OAS).

 

WELMEC

With members from most European legal metrology institutes, their focus is to create a uniform approach to both national and EU-laws related to legal metrology.

 

WGFF

Within BIPM there are working groups performing various tasks related to practical measurements and other actions to secure international traceability. One important task is to arrange international measurement comparisons (“Round Robin” calibrations).

 

National metrology laboratories

 

Austria BEV

 

China NIM

China SITIIAS

 

Czech republic CMI

 

Finland MIKES/TUKES

 

France LNE

 

Germany PTB

 

Greece EIM

 

Italy Inrim

 

Japan NMIJ

 

Netherlands VSL

Netherlands NMI

 

Norway Justervesenet

 

Russia VNIIM

 

South Korea KRISS

 

Sweden SP

 

Switzerland METAS

 

Taiwan ITRI

 

United Kingdom NPL

United Kingdom NEL

 

USA NIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

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