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Round Tables Sessions

The industrial round table sessions deal with key issues and lead to an open discussion among participants.

Drone-based inspection and monitoring:

new challenges for measuring

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Who has not heard talk about drones in recent months? Though these automated mobile devices still retain military and leisure connotations, many other civilian applications are emerging. Driven by a favourable legislative framework, the use of drones has become widespread in industry. Many trials (facility inspections, mapping, surveillance etc.) have been carried out by project clients, local authorities and industrial players to investigate the technical and economic benefits of these systems. With their capacity to acquire accurate, comprehensive data without disrupting industrial operations, drones certainly seem to offer a powerful tool for surveillance and maintenance activities. Developing fast, the drone market is seeing daily technical and technological innovations in terms of platforms (safer, more automated drones), sensors and the processing of the data captured. But in concrete terms, what is the role of measurement in this ecosystem?

Measurement and conformity declaration,

ISO/IEC 17025, what’s new?

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Expected in mid-2017, the new version of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard will not bring radical changes to technical requirements (and thus test quality), but it will try to respond to a number of inadequacies in the current version and is structured very differently. In particular, we see that chapter 5.10, "Reporting of results", is one of the chapters where changes were considered necessary, particularly with regard to measurement uncertainty and its use in declaring compliance.
The discussion will focus on three key themes: the statement of conformity, decision rules and the risk-based approach.
We will invite representatives of specifiers such as public authorities, whose influence is exerted through regulation, and private-sector specifiers, who impose their own standards or specifications. The opinions and needs of users, mostly in industry (clients requiring testing, owners of measuring equipment for calibration laboratories), will also be central to the discussions.

Dynamic measurement and factory of the future:

the metrology input

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The "digital factory" is intelligent, flexible, automated and interconnected. The product is tracked and managed to the maximum throughout its production based on its characteristics and particularities. This involves making it communicate (smart products) with the machines. This communication involves sensors, controllers – a whole measurement process that is completely integrated and interconnected. All possible scenarios can be simulated to converge the information towards the optimum parameters.
Measurement thus becomes dynamic, meaning that parts are measured during the flow of production, and can even be inspected while moving.
This industrial revolution corresponds to a development of current industry using new technologies. The redesign of how production works also involves product personalisation, "right first time" production of smaller runs and even single products. This is possible thanks partly to the use of measurement flows (big data), but also to digital interaction between people and products. Metrology becomes proactive at the heart of production and enables it to be optimised.
The responsiveness of the interconnected digital factory thus makes it possible to personalise products, create innovations and develop creativity. Additive manufacturing plays a primary role in this context, becoming one of the key images of the factory of the future.

The goal of this round table is to demonstrate the contribution and value of metrology and the management of measurement in the factory of the future. Experts will give you their viewpoint and present concrete examples.

Metrology for innovation in pharmaceutical industry


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The quality of drugs, and thus the health of their users, depends partly on the quality of the measurements taken throughout the production process.
These measurements are taken at each stage of production to guarantee process control and compliance with the critical parameters defined during validation, but also in the laboratory, where they are applied to the raw materials, packaging materials and finished products.
Depending on the size of the company, managing these measurements may involve an in-house metrology department or outsourcing all or part of these operations.
This round table proposes to bring together metrology managers from pharmaceutical sites, inspection laboratories and metrology service providers to discuss the problems to be overcome and the possible solutions to guarantee control over measurements during production and in the laboratory.

What progress for measurement to nanoscale?


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Commercial products containing nanomaterials are already part of our daily lives, and new products with innovative features regularly come to market. Manufacturers are making use of the original properties and changes in behaviour that occur when the characteristic dimensions of materials fall below 100 nm: the incorporation of nanofillers into polymers is revolutionising composites, graphene transistors are a credible alternative to microelectronics post-Moore's law, nanoparticles are used in medicine as a means of drug vectorisation, a therapeutic treatment or to improve imaging contrast etc. However, all players point to the lack of metrology as a major obstacle to the development of this industrial field. For good reason – sharing information about materials' characteristics between sellers and buyers is crucial to ensure the supply of a high-quality material able to guarantee effective downstream processing or to ensure consistent performance of the end product between batches. The fundamental parameters characterising the properties of these materials that influence their performance need to be defined, along with the appropriate measurement techniques and methods.
This round table will aim to answer the following key questions, with feedback from several sectors:
  • Is metrology an element of structural importance for any future industrial nanotechnology and nanomaterial sector?
  • How is measurement currently integrated into the value chain?
  • How can the foundations be laid for nanometrology, able to serve all the industrial sectors concerned?

Measurements for water quality


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Between earth and sky, the same water has been in constant circulation for billions of years. Within this perpetual cycle, the life-giving element is a constant and growing concern for humanity. From its capture to its supply in the home via sanitation and the monitoring of natural environments, water quality is the subject of extremely wide-ranging surveillance throughout the world.
This water quality monitoring, whether carried out in the field, in factories, in the supply network, at treatment stations or in the laboratory, depends on constant measurements of bacteriological, chemical and flavour parameters and radioactivity indicators.
While some are long-standing, our lifestyles and the evolution of measurement technology mean that new emerging parameters and new measurement methods are appearing every few months.
The goal of this round table is to demonstrate the contribution and value of measurement and its evolutions in monitoring water quality. Experts will give you their viewpoint and present concrete examples.