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THE

NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SCALE ASSOCIATION

(NISA)

 

NISA is the right organization for you if you're a:

In 1987, the National Industrial Scale Association was officially formed to support the heavy capacity weighing industry. Until that time, there was no forum for scale users, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and other interested groups to obtain or share information on a purely technical level. NISA is a highly respected professional organization serving the weights and measures community in a manner that no other organization can. A non-profit group, supported completely by our membership dues, publication sponsors and conference attendance receipts, we provide a unique scale information network.

How does this network work? Read through this booklet to find out. We'll show you how NISA can help you perform your scale-related job better by providing you with the personal contacts and specific information you need. Descriptions, samples and photos are included to illustrate how much NISA offers its members.

Review this brochure, share it with your associates, then complete and mail the membership application today. We can't wait to talk scales with you!

For more information, contact NISA:

 

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John Fowler - Secretary / Treasurer
Email: jmfowler47@gmail.com
Phone: 614-893-3418
 

 

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TECHNICAL SEMINARS

of the

NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SCALE ASSOCIATION

(NISA)

 

Around the middle of April and again in the middle of October NISA puts on a Technical Seminar. In addition to the presentations, there is hospitality and a time for fellowship. Each technical meeting is organized by the Board of Directors to make the most out of the allotted time away from our work place. The accommodations for these meetings are made at quality Hotels that see to the needs and comfort of our members.

The locations for the meetings are planned years in advance and are arranged with both interesting field trips and demographics in mind. Consideration is given to the availability of restaurants and activities in the area to satisfy those unfilled hours. Careful attention is given to ensure the quality of the technical seminar and the learning environment. Our meetings are for learning first and fun second.

There is an average number of nine technical presentations at each meeting. This number has gone as high as thirteen and as low as eight. Quality presentations and presenters are always first in the mind of our Program Chairman. After each presentation, a series of questions and answers allows audience interaction with the speakers. The presentations are formatted by our publisher and published in the form of our annual, NISA Technical Publication.

You can't run a good technical seminar on an empty stomach. That's why we have chosen accommodations that have quality restaurant facilities in house or adjacent to the Hotel. NISA will sponsor a number of breaks throughout the seminar and each meeting will have a lunch or a dinner hosted. In addition, each NISA conference typically includes an industry sponsored, hospitality suite for two nights. The breaks and the meal offer a great opportunity to talk over the material being presented, problems with scale applications, or just to have a friendly chat.

The best way to get to know one another and learn together is in the NISA technical sessions. The Spring Meeting often includes a field trip to see industry related applications first hand. Though most tours will include a scale site, we also slip in other types of interesting industrial visits. We have made trips to a Georgia Power generating plant, U.S. Steel's Pipe Mill, Black Thunder Coal Mine, and Ford's Truck Assembly Plant to name a few. All fascinating trips and well worth the time spent.

Join us! The experience is worth it!

 

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The

GOALS

of the

National Industrial Scale Association

shall be to:

 

Promote a better understanding of the importance and scope of the scale industry by the public, thus furthering the welfare of those engaged in weights and measures activities.

Encourage proper observance of requirements and regulations pertaining to the operation, business and practices of industrial weighing.

Work for cooperation and understanding between the scale industry and the regulatory community.

Provide a forum for the exchange of information on the technology and application of industrial scales.

Coordinate and implement lawful collective action for the improvement of industrial weighing to the mutual benefit of industry, users, the regulatory community, manufacturers of weighing equipment and the general public.

 

 

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OFFICERS

of the

NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SCALE ASSOCIATION

(NISA)

Bill Ripka

President

Bill Ripka began his career with an AS degree in industrial electronics from the St. Paul, MN Technical College. He began work with "Ramsey Engineering" in 1975 as a test / QA technician. From '77 to '79 he worked with Magnetic Peripherals, a division of Control Data as a system test and repair technician. Returning to Ramsey in 1979 as a field service technician he provided installation, maintenance and calibration assistance to many belt conveyor scale customers. As "Ramsey" grew into part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bill transfered from service to production, quality, documentation and engineering, where he spent 20+ years processing sales inquiries and orders for best application and performance. In 2005 Bill returned to the service side of the business assuming the position of manager of the North America service team, a position he currently continues to hold. As a member of NCWM he is a chair of the National Type Evaluation Technical Committee for belt conveyor scales. Bill is a 15+ year member of NISA and AAR committee 34, member of NW&SA, and has attended developmental meetings with OIML on international standard R-50. In Bill's spare time he enjoys bowling and maintaining his koi ponds.

Joe Grell

Vice President

Joe Grell began his career at Rice Lake Weighing Systems in 1983. Prior to that Joe studied music and marketing in the University of Wisconsin System. Having been an electronics hobbyist since grade school, he operated an audio engineering service up to the time he joined Rice Lake Bearing. Over the years Joe led the development of the Rice Lake digital weight indicator product line including the 920i and IQ810, in addition to many integrated solutions based products. He helped establish the Rice Lake service school program and continues as an instructor in that mission today. Joe has served customers in technical, marketing and sales positions. In 1985, Joe became Director of Sales, and in 1987 became Vice President of Product Development. Today he serves as Vice President of Heavy Capacity Products.

Joe is active in local theatre, agri-business development and is the guitarist with a 17 piece Big Band called “The Dean’s List”. This band is a volunteer organization, owned by the University of Wisconsin that funds a music scholarship program. Joe lives in Rice Lake, WI with Nancy, his wife of 33 years. They have an adult daughter and an extremely energetic standard poodle.

Robin Shepherdson

Program Chairman

Robin Shepherdson joined the weighing industry by forming Scalar Electronics in 1971, which morphed into Scale-Tron in 1986. The company started as a manufacturer of concrete plant automation, swung into weighing systems and back to concrete, which is the present area of specialization. His long knowledge of load cell applications brought him into the self-checkout industry in 1999 and an offshoot company, RL Scales, has been a major supplier since then. Prior to his weighing career, Robin worked for RCA on the Canadian ISIS satellite and was lead power supply development engineer at Univac (now Unisys), mainframe computers. He holds a BSc degree from Bradford, England, is a member of National Precast Concrete Association and past member of the Order of Engineers (Quebec), IEE, ISA and ISWM. Remarried with five shared children and five shared grandchildren, he lives in Montreal and enjoys competitive sailing, skiing, cycling, traveling and photography as well as playing bass occasionally with a local Dixieland band.

John Fowler

Secretary / Treasurer

John recently retired after 34 years in the weighing equipment industry. He started out with Fairbanks Scales for fifteen years and was responsible for the sales and product management of heavy capacity scales and systems. He then spent seventeen years with Mettler Toledo including five years as European vehicle scale manager. The last two years were with Rice Lake Weighing Systems. John attended the University of Kansas where he met his wife of 41 years, Debbie. They have a daughter, Alison Fowler and a son, Gary and are the proud grandparents of two great Tennessee kids. John and Debbie reside in Delaware, Ohio.

Gary Young

Past President

Gary Young began his scale career in 1984 at Ohio Valley Scale in Wheeling, WV, a company founded in 1967 by his father Alan Young. He joined his brother Brad (President) and brother-in-law Mark Lichwa (Service Manager), both of whom had already been working in the business for many years. Gary began in sales and helped develop the Pittsburgh territory. He is currently Vice-President and serves as Quality and Safety Manager for the company. He has a degree in economics from American University and an MBA from Waynesburg University. He serves on the Association of American Railroads AREMA Committee 34-Scales , which develops the minimum construction requirements for commercial weighing systems for the U.S. railroads. He has four children. He competes in triathlons and 5k races, hikes, bikes and camps. He volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for neglected and abused children.

 

DIRECTORS

of the

NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SCALE ASSOCIATION

(NISA)

        Dean Smith

        Director

Grew up as a farm boy in Kansas. My Grandpa, Uncle and Dad started a Sand & Gravel Plant, and guess what they had? (Scale) I had the pleasure of cleaning the Scale Pit! Regularly they stored dynamite there to keep it stable, always a concern along with the spiders and bugs. Graduated from North High in 1967. Left the Gravel Pit and moved to Colorado. Then Uncle Sam called and said Vietnam is your new home. 1970 I applied for a Scale Job, Hammel Scale Distributor for Mettler Toledo. Later worked directly for Mettler Toledo in Denver Colorado they had me move to Salt Lake City to help in that office and then in 1991 opened D & G Scale Inc and have been dedicated to the industry now for 37 years.

        Dennis Fox

        Director

39 years in the scale industry. Began scale career in 1973 with Central Illinois Scale Company as service technician. Relocated to Alaska in 1975 and worked as a scale technician for a Toledo distributor servicing the entire state till 1979. Returned to Central Illinois Scale in 1979 as service manager. Became co-owner of Central Illinois Scale Company in 1999 serving as Vice President of Sales and Operations and Quality Manager. Also became an owner and Vice President of a local Culligan Water distributorship in 2000 providing sales and service of water conditioning equipment and maintain a bottling facility for producing purified drinking water. I am a member of ISWM (International Society of Weighing and Measurement), on the Board of Directors of NISA (National Industrial Scale Association), a member of the NCWM (National Conference of Weights and Measures), and a member of IBWA (International Bottled Water Association). I reside in Danville, IL with my wife Geri of 32 years, have 3 married children: Ryan, Kyle, Keri, and 2 grandsons, Ethan and Hayden. Geri and I spend most of our free time traveling and exploring the countryside.

Norm Brucker

Director

Norm Brucker worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 32 years. Prior to that he has worked for Fairbanks Scale Company for 7 years. He is now the owner of Precision Measurement Standards, Inc. He is a charter member of NISA and is a member of NCWM and AREMA Committee 34. Norm lives in Rosemount, Minnesota.

Ed Lazo

Director

Ed started his career with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Houston, Texas where he was employed as an electrician in February of 1992. He was promoted that same year to become a Scale Inspector / Maintainer. He kept that position through the merger with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1996 until he was promoted to Manager Operations Support southern region scales with the Union Pacific Railroad in 2007. Ed is still currently employed by the Union Pacific Railroad.

Kevin McFadden

Director

Kevin has been in the scales and weighing industry for 10 years and currently manages the Industrial Consultative Products group for Mettler Toledo which specializes in providing custom weighing solutions such as Vehicle Weigh in Motion (WIM) and Rail Coupled in Motion (CIM). Prior to this, Kevin worked in semiconductor manufacturing equipment and automotive research and development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Ohio State University and a master’s in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kevin and his wife Leslie live in Westerville, Ohio with their 2 daughters. An avid cyclist for 30 years, he also enjoys spending time hiking, hunting, cooking and traveling.

 

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PAST PRESIDENTS

of the

National Industrial Scale Association

(NISA)

F. Joe Loyd, Jr. 1986-1988 CSX Transportation Company
Bill GeMeiner 1988-1990 Union Pacific Railroad
Steven Beitzel 1990-1991 Systems Associates, Inc.
John Robinson 1991-1992 Association of American Railroads
Peggy Cunningham 1992-1993 Virginia Electric Power Company
Max Casanova 1993-1994 Ramsey Technology, Inc.
Bob Brumbaugh 1994-1995 Systems Associates, Inc.
Shawne Hawkins 1995-1996 ABC Scale Company
Bill McHale 1996-1997 Kanawha Scale Systems
Dave Quinn 1997-1999 Fairbanks Scales
Dennis Davis 1999-2000 Norfolk Southern Corporation
Joe Geisser 2000-2001 Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Mike Smith 2001-2002 Cardinal Scale
Ed Luthy 2002-2003 Brechbuhler Scales
John Holleman 2003-2004 Systems Associates, Inc.
Dennis Fox 2004-2005 Central Illinois Scale Company
O.G (Bubba) Buchhorn 2005-2006 A-1 Scale Service, Inc.
Steve Shelton 2006-2007 Scale Systems, Inc.
Eric Boggs 2007-2008 Mettler Toledo
Bill Murphy 2008-2009 Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Jay Visco 2009-2010 Vishay Transducers
John Fowler 2010-2011 Rice Lake Weighing Systems
Mike Powers 2011-2012 Central Illinois Scale
Kevin McFadden 2012-2013 Mettler Toledo
Gary Young 2013-2014 Ohio Valley Scale & Instruments
     

 

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NEWSLETTERS

OF THE

NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SCALE ASSOCIATION

(NISA)

Several times each year, NISA publishes a Technical Newsletter containing interesting articles about the goings' on in the industry. There are articles on applications of scales with photos to give you ideas for future projects. A Tech Tips column provides facts and techniques to assist you in your efforts. The hands on, field level style provides you with useful information that will help with your next unexpected and unwanted problem.

Each newsletter has a calendar of events that will keep you informed of the meetings taking place that may affect you and articles about what happened at the meetings will let you know what you missed. There have been articles on metrication and people on the move as well as a comic or two to lighten your day. The newsletters are filled with the kind of stuff that will have you reading cover to cover and waiting for the next issue.

 

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

Since 1990, NISA has published a Membership Directory of all its members. The directory has been given high reviews for providing a concise list of many of our day to day contacts; professionals in the weights and measures industry with the same job responsibilities as you have. Many times a problem can be solved by contacting a colleague or checking with a vendor or user. The NISA directory provides the phone numbers and email addresses as well as the street address for those people most likely to provide that help.

The Membership Directory will be provided in a digital format to all members each year.

 

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