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Round Tables Sessions

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

Smart sensors for production optimisation

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Smart sensors have raised expectations in terms of improving productivity, reducing scrapped parts, avoiding machine downtime and controlling final product quality.
A new generation of sensors is emerging in readiness for the factory of the future.
They are faster, more precise and capable of communicating and interacting directly with the machines. Some are installed directly inside the machines or onboard vehicles, while others remain independent of the machines. As a new world of measurement emerges, just how smart are these new sensors?

Additive manufacturing: measurement and control challenges

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Additive manufacturing is increasingly present in our laboratories and factories. Some aerospace equipment manufacturers already produce “flying” parts by additive manufacturing. This new manufacturing process is used to make very complex shaped parts on demand, in a way that would not be possible using conventional processes.
But the complexity of these parts raises the question of their control. While the manufacturing processes may be innovative, the means of control must also be renewed.
So what are the means of controlling parts made by additive manufacturing? Computerised tomography appears to be the most suitable solution. But is this really the case?
Likewise, where are the limits of tomography, especially in terms of metrology?
Are there any other means of control, existing or under development, adapted to the control of parts made by additive manufacturing?
This round table will address all these points in order to provide the participants with answers to the question of controlling parts produced by additive manufacturing.

New ISO/CEI 17025: first feedbacks

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At the end of November 2017, ISO and the IEC published a comprehensive revision of the accreditation standard 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”.
A transition period has been declared on an international scale to enable laboratories to adapt to the new version.
Now that we have passed the halfway mark of this period, the time has come to review the first feedback on the practical application of this standard, in particular with regard to the risk-based approach.
This round table will welcome organisations that have completed their transition, assessors, an accreditation organisation, and users of the accreditation in France and Europe.
The speakers will review the consequences of the changes to the requirements in their organisations: impartiality, process-oriented approach, declaration of compliance.

Training and Careers for Industry 4.0

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Today, companies are generally finding it difficult to meet their needs in terms of technical skills with the profiles available on the labour market or amongst their existing personnel.
What is generally true about technical subjects is particularly true about metrology, as activities change very quickly and find it hard to keep pace with technological developments. Machines are changing at a faster pace than people.
The debates will highlight this major challenge in Europe in particular. Which profiles for new recruits? Which training to command the technologies of the present and the future (AI, IoT, quantum technologies, etc.)? How to define a continuous training programme for new recruits? How to use and keep knowledge?

Measurements for climate change

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The European Union considers the climate change as a key priority for the next decade.
Climate change is a scientific evidence, having significant impacts on health, economy and the environment, causing migrations and conflicts and generating growing concerns. Global warming is responsible of atmospheric and oceans temperature rise, reduction of polar and mountains ice, melting of permafrost, increase of sea level and its acidification, loose of biodiversity.
Mitigating such effects, requires understanding the complexity of the environment through accurate measurements of the many required parameters and variables.
Metrology plays a key role in providing data quality for the multitude of studies, through establishing traceability and comparability, identifying uncertainty and improving instruments and methods of observations.
Metrologists, together with meteorologists and climatologists, achieved and delivered relevant results in improving the monitoring capabilities for the Essential Climate Variables under different conditions and by means of new measurement methods, techniques, standards and reference grade observations. The round table will deal with recent advances achieved through joint projects and common initiatives.

New technologies in measurement chain security and traceability

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Cloud storage, cloud computing and Gbit data transfer technologies enable a range of novel solutions for data sharing and data processing irrespective of geographical distance. This enables new approaches for handling measurement data, communication and utilisation of calibration services as well as novel data-driven business models.
These possibilities require confidence in the reliability of the data being captured, as well as trust in the secure data transfer. There is an increasing need for cryptographic solutions for storage and communication of data, and solutions that the information being shared with partners and customers is not misused or manipulated. A traceability chain based on data-driven approaches cannot exist without that. Recent advances in cryptography, public key infrastructures and distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchain, may provide possible solutions.
This roundtable brings together experts from industry, software development and metrology to discuss practical approaches to these challenges. The participants will combine experience in secure data platforms, reliable communication of metrological information, as well as experience in information technology risk analysis and mitigation.