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June 6th - 7th, 2017

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Dr. Andrew Barnard 

About the speaker

Andrew Barnard, Ph.D., INCE Bd. Cert., CLD,  is an Assistant Professor at Michigan Technological University since 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in Acoustics from Penn State and a MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He spent the previous 8 years as a research faculty member at the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State working in structural acoustics, specializing in dynamic test and measurement.


Millennium Hotel Buffalo (&PCB Piezotronics)
2040 Walden Ave
Buffalo, NY 14225
(716) 681-2400

Special room rate available for training attendees. ($85 + tax). When booking room, ask for the PCB rate.


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Tina Mckean
PCB Piezotronics 
1-800-828-8840 ext. 2672








Microphone Fundamentals & Advanced Applications Seminar and Hands-on Workshop

PCB Piezotronics invites you to attend an acoustic educational seminar at the Millennium Hotel and PCB's Headquarters in Buffalo on June 6th & 7th.  The keynote speaker is Andrew Barnard, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor from Michigan Technological University and a leading authority on sound and vibration measurements.  Dr. Barnard is also INCE Board Certified and a certified LabVIEW developer. 


Tuesday 6/6 (Millennium Hotel):

8:00 - 8:15am Check in
8:15 - 8:30am Welcome / Opening Remarks
8:30 - 10:00am Seminar Lecture
10:15 - 12:00pm Seminar Lecture
12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:45pm Seminar Lecture
3:00 - 4:30pm Seminar Lecture 
6:00 - 10:00pm Dinner & Entertainment

At this seminar you will learn:

  • Microphone/Acoustic Fundamentals - key terminology, acoustic waves and sound fields, the source-path-receiver model, microphone types, selecting the right microphone for your application, etc.
  • Sound Metrics, Measurement, and Frequency Determination - broadband metrics used to describe sound, averaging concepts, octave and third octave bands, and narrow band frequency analysis.
  • Microphones as Part of an Integrated System - microphones and DAQ: how they interact and understanding the output results, system level calibration, data processing, etc. 
  • Testing in Wind Tunnels or the Outdoors - isolating the acoustic field from air flow pressure to make accurate acoustic measurements.
  • Understanding Transmission Loss - key terminology/definitions, measurement equations, single and multi-panel issues and measurement techniques (two room and four microphone impedance methods).
  • Sound Level Metersfundamentals and advanced concepts including experiment setup considerations, determination of measurement modules and metrics to track. Demonstrations with a Larson Davis SLM.
  • Product Demonstrations   - transmission loss, coherent/incoherent signals, sound directivity, identifying noise floor, and anti-aliasing.

Wednesday 6/7 (PCB Headquarters):

8:00 - 8:15am Arrival (Coffee and pastries)
8:15 8:30am Welcome to PCB and Introductions
8:30 -  9:15am Acoustic Calibration Presentation 
9:15 12:30pm  Factory Tours/Demonstrations

 Demonstrations include:

1)  Anechoic Chamber, making low noise and random incident measurements
2) Gun Range Tour, making high amplitude measurements including understanding microphone  overload and clipping 
3) Microphone Manufacturing Hands-on, calibrating a microphone 
4) Pressure Sensors and Piezoelectric Microphones


1:30  3:00pm CNC Machine Shop Tour and PCB Manufacturing, Main Facility Tour

3:00 -  5:00pm Pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with PCB personnel*
3:00- 3:45pm Optional - Sound Level Meters, Dosimeters and Outdoor Systems by Larson Davis
3:45 - 4:30pm Optional - Vibration Analysis (Accelerometers) OR Force Sensors

* Have a specific product or application question?  Let us know your questions and we’ll connect you with the appropriate PCB expert.

The cost of the training is $299.  This fee covers course, training materials, all meals, entertainment and local Buffalo transportation.

Discounted rooms have been reserved for $85/night for all attendees staying at the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225.  Should you desire lodging, please contact the hotel (716)-681-2400.  Please mention you are attending the PCB training for your discount.  

If you would like to register multiple people with one credit card or if you need an invoice or have questions, please contact Tina McKean at or 1-800-828-8840.  Thank you for your interest.  We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo soon!