Project: Improvement of the realisation of the mass scale

Acronym 19RPT02 RealMass (Reference Number: 19RPT02)
Duration 01/09/2020 - 01/09/2023
Project Topic Redefinition of the kilogram offers the prospect of far more accurate measurements of mass for research communities. In time, European industries could also benefit, as precise measurement of mass is critical for many production processes, including in the chemical, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. However, the calibration laboratories that underpin assurance of the accuracy of these measurements are currently unable to provide excellent services in the 1 mg to 20 kg range, through insufficient availability of guidance and software tools. These laboratories are, in turn, required to benchmark services with National Metrology Institutions (NMIs) reliant on mass standards that can introduce calibration errors. Also, NMIs in some developing nations lack sufficient calibration expertise to ensure accurate mass measurements. These institutions also bear additional costs by needing to outsource those services. The project will facilitate cooperation leading to improved calibration capabilities at participating, less-developed, NMIs. It will also produce draft EURAMET calibration guidance applicable to the new definition of the kilogram, backed by software, training tools and maintenance methods. As a result, participating NMIs in emerging EURAMET countries will be empowered to launch high-quality, cost-effective, calibration services. In due course, European weighing instrument producers will gain access to more capable calibration services. This will provide opportunities for upgraded research activities for which mass measurement accuracy is critical, and for more optimised production processes that can further advance Europe’s industrial competitiveness.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2019

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Coordinator Czech Republic
2 Physikalisch-Technischer Pruefdienst des Bundesamt fuer Eich- und Vermessungswesen Partner Austria
3 Bulgarian Institute of Metrology Partner Bulgaria
4 Biroul Roman de Metrologie Legala Partner Romania
5 Ministarstvo privrede - Direkcija za mere i dragocene metale Partner Serbia
6 Institut za mjeriteljstvo Bosne i Hercegovine Partner Bosnia and Herzegovina
7 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
8 National Standards Authority of Ireland Partner Ireland
9 Federale Overheidsdienst Economie, KMO, Middenstand en Energie Partner Belgium
10 Ministry of Economy - Bureau of Metrology Partner North Macedonia
11 National Scientific Centre Institute of Metrology Partner Ukraine