Tuesday, September 12, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Conformal Ballistic Pressure Sensor Training | Cincinnati, September 11-12, 2023 

Conformal Ballistic Pressure Sensor Training will be hosted by The Modal Shop on September 11–12 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Join us for presentations and hands-on workshops, led by our team of experts from The Modal Shop, PCB Piezotronics, and Oehler Research.

The program is geared toward ballistic technicians, test engineers, and other end users of PCB ballistic pressure sensors or test facility managers whose work depends on acquiring accurate ballistic pressure data and who use SAAMI ANSI Z299 as a reference.

Training Topics Include

  • The physics and operating characteristics of pressure transducers and associated constraints
  • Details on Conformal Pressure Sensor Series 117B per ANSI Z299
  • Shotshell overview using model 118A07
  • Sensor installation, handling, and care information
  • How to perform a brass calibration with The Modal Shop’s K9905D+AUTO live demonstration
  • Demonstration on firing range with Oehler System using the brass calibration data


The cost of the training is $295 and includes meals, entertainment, training materials, and transportation from Hilton Garden Inn in Sharonville, Ohio, to The Modal Shop and all offsite activities. Participants are responsible for securing hotel accommodations – see details below.


September 11:

  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Welcome Reception and Facility Tour at The Modal Shop

September 12:

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Training at The Modal Shop
    • Piezoelectric Pressure Technology Overview
    • Conformal Ballistics Pressure Sensor Installation and Calibration
    • Oehler Data Acquisition System Overview
    • Firearm Noise Sound Level Meter Overview
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch at The Modal Shop
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon at Hamilton County Coroner’s Office (offsite, transportation provided)
    • Hamilton County Coroner Crime Lab Tour
    • Hands on Demo of Ultra-High Level Dynamic Pressure Sensor Calibrator Model 9905D
    • Firing Range Live Demo with Oehler System
  • 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM: Wrap Up at The Modal Shop
    • Handling Cables, Measuring Sensor Insulation Resistance and Capacitance
    • Cleaning and Baking Process
    • Q&A Session with Our Team of Experts
  • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Dinner and Fowling

All times are EDT

Accommodations and Transportation

A block of rooms has been held at Hilton Garden Inn in Sharonville, less than 10 minutes from The Modal Shop. Transportation from Hilton Garden Inn to The Modal Shop and to all offsite events will be provided. Place your hotel reservation with this link to receive the special reserved rate of $109 per night.

Meals and Entertainment

All meals and entertainment are included in your registration fee. A welcome reception with drinks and appetizers will be held at The Modal Shop on Monday evening. On Tuesday, a light breakfast and lunch will be served at The Modal Shop. Tuesday evening we will have dinner, drinks, and some friendly competition at the Fowling Warehouse.

About Your Presenters

Mike Mains is a Product Specialist on the Calibration Systems Team at The Modal Shop, where he works directly with customers using our wide array of precision calibration systems. Mike has served in a technical role with the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and currently sits on the IMAC Advisory Board. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Cincinnati, specializing in Structural Dynamics, and has taught as an Associate Professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Cincinnati.

Melissa Maze holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration from the University at Buffalo. Melissa has been in the sensor and instrumentation market for over 10 years, having been a Field Application Engineer assisting customers with vibration, pressure, force, and acoustic measurements, and is currently the Business Development Manager of the Aerospace & Defense Division of PCB Piezotronics and Endevco.

Gary Stafford received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and has been with Oehler Research since 2009. Before joining Oehler, Gary accrued a broad background in instrumentation during his time with Shell Oil and other instrumentation companies. Gary has been able to use this prior knowledge as a base to further build on from the years of existing expertise at Oehler to become a valuable resource at in the ballistics testing field.