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Seminars and Training

Our training programs are tailored to your business. Your personnel will learn the metric system in a hands-on manner, working with the units, metric drawings, and metric specifications related to their jobs.

 A Sampling of our Seminars                      

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The very special reference material used in our seminars consists of a collection spanning decades. It was developed utilizing hands-on experience working in several countries and jobs, setting standards in committees, and facilitating metric changeovers. It contains information from US and foreign manuals, and digests of ISO, DIN and other standards. The quality of our programs lead to consulting worldwide and delivering courses through professional societies, and at variety of businesses. Among them were Universities, Engineering Societies, Contractors' Associations, ANMC, AlliedSignal, Bell & Howell, Eveready, DOTs, General Electric, GSA, Gerber Scientific, Gillette, HDR, Johnson & Johnson, JPL, R.A. Jones, Lightnin, NASA, NOAA, Otis Elevator, Perkin-Elmer, Rockwell International, Shuttleworth, Tambrands, Tetra Pak, and UTC

Metric Everyone Should Know

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In less than a day, participants learn about the progress of metric changeover and how it affects their lives and professions. Taught by a veteran metrication trainer, the course invites participation and questions of the widest variety. The program motivates by pointing out reasons for the adoption of metric and the simplifications it brings. Through unique exercises, participants learn the units and acquire confidence in using any of them. They learn how to convert and, more importantly, how to think metric. They learn about metric cars, two-by-fours, and how global standardization impacts us. Suitable for all, novice or expert, layman or professional, young and old, it is a course every American should take.
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Metric for Procurement Personnel 

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Participants learn about the progress of the metric changeover and how it affects their lives and professions. Taught by a compiler of directories of metric product suppliers and consultant to the US government and numerous businesses, the course invites participation and questions of the widest variety. The program motivates by pointing out reasons that lead to the adoption of metric, the simplifications it brings, and progress in availability of metric supplies. It shows what units we need to know, how to obtain a feel for them, how to figure out pricing, and how to recognize incorrect usage. Aside from the units, participants learn about metric practices seen in drawings and specifications for fasteners and raw material used in building, road or machinery construction, hard and soft metric, and how to recognize what is unobtainable. Two types of courses are offered, one satisfying the needs of technical, and the other non-technical personnel.
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Metric for Technical Personnel 

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Participants learn about the progress of the metric changeover and how it affects their profession. Taught by a veteran metrication trainer and expert on US and global engineering standards and practices, the course invites participation and questions of the widest variety. The program motivates by pointing out reasons that lead to the adoption of metric, and the simplifications it brings to engineering. It answers "Why we are going metric" and explains what "going metric" really means. Participants learn units pertaining to their field, how to obtain a feel for them, and how to use them with confidence. They exercise the mass vs. gravity force distinction, see applications, and learn how to avoid potential pitfalls. Aside from SI, they learn international and US metric practices in engineering drafting and design, ISO tolerancing, GD&T, spec writing, threads, fasteners, raw materials, power transmission components, building or road construction topics, the implications of the hard or soft metric approach, purchasing, and how to save with going metric. Several types of courses are offered, each tailored to the level of education, job description such as design, inspection, machining, assembly or construction, and the needs of civil, mechanical, and other engineering. Courses for engineers involved in the design or manufacture of machinery for global markets cover the greatest number of topics.
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Metric for Managers and Strategic Decision Makers

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Participants learn about the progress of the metric changeover and its effect on strategic planning. Taught by a veteran of the metric changeover, expert on international standardization, and consultant to a range of nation's businesses, the course invites participation and questions of the widest variety. Participants hear about metric legislation and the challenges their organization will face changing or not changing. Sharing the experience of many organizations, the course shows how to facilitate the changeover: It lists issues that will surface as potential problems, explains the role of standards personnel and training requirements. It covers the impact of global harmonization of standards in design, manufacturing and sales on the company future. Included are ISO certifications, the potential for gains or losses, hard and soft metric, savings offered by metrication, how to enforce rationalization, the best timing, budgets and schedules, and the organizational structure needed for success and cost benefit.
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Units in Measurement (for Laboratories and Testing)

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Categorizes units used in measurements, calculations and data presentation, particularly metric and their US equivalents. Presents a clear explanation of the logic that was built into SI, shows which units and practices are current and which are obsolete, exercises the mass vs. gravity force distinction, and correlates readout accuracy with precision and rounding in conversion. Shows how to obtain a feel for sizes of new units, potential pitfalls associated with their use, and the correct way of writing units, prefixes, numbers and quantities. Taught by the best known metrication expert, member of SI committees and author of a book on units, the course presents the latest resolutions of BIPM, ISO/IEC, NIST and similar guiding bodies. Handouts include reference numbers for over 50 physical quantities.
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Metric for Administrative Personnel 

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Covers the background of metrication in this country and abroad and the status of the changeover in their organization. Explains the basic units everyone needs to understand and how to use prefixes. Exercises help in acquiring the feel for the units and in recognition which metric units are current and which are obsolete. The complete, up-to-date rules for writing units, prefixes and numbers in SI are presented and practiced on real-world exercises.