Cannon Begins NIST Alliance
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has designated Cannon Instrument Company to provide U.S. national measurement standards and to issue calibration and measurement certificates for certified liquid viscosity reference standards. Cannon Instrument Company will participate on behalf of the U.S. in Key Comparisons organized by the Comite Internationale de Poids et Mesures (CIPM). CIPM key comparisons establish levels of equivalence of national measurement standards realized by the National Measurement Institutes of various nations and support calibration and measurement certificate capability claims found in the BIPM Key Comparison Database http://kcdb.bipm.fr .
This agreement was confirmed by NIST on February 26, 2004.
Cannon responsibilities pursuant to the agreement include realization of liquid viscosity measurements standards at the highest level of technical competence and experience. Cannon will also assume responsibilities for dissemination of U.S. national measurement standards for liquid viscosity and for compliance with the requirements of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement. To meet these requirements the company will work closely with NIST to maintain appropriate quality controls and documentation of measurement uncertainty of primary standards and their dissemination. The agreement with NIST includes a required performance review of Cannon’s measurement assurance program control data every two years.
Cannon President Pat Maggi said that he viewed the new NIST relationship as “indicative of a high level of confidence in the quality processes that have enabled Cannon Instrument Company, as an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited and world-renowned viscosity calibration laboratory, to achieve international prominence as a preferred supplier of viscosity-related products and services.”