Setting the Standard –Consistency in Weights and Measures

Traveling to a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know the language. Learning the basics can mean all the difference between being lost in an unfamiliar city, and being able to ask for (and understand) directions.

Talking about different industries is like speaking different languages. A filter, for instance, means different things depending on who you’re talking to. An automaker, water treatment professional, and barista would all have their own interpretation of this one word. This is why setting standards can help different industries speak the same language, at least part of the time.

This past March, industrialists celebrated Weights and Measures Week from March 1 to 7, 2013. The date of this event coincided with John Adams signing the first weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. This law set the standard for weight and pricing compliance, working to ensure that when people paid for a pound of food, they were actually getting a pound – no more, no less.

This standard benefits all parties involved. Consumers receive a protection against retailers charging more money for lower quantities, and businesses have more incentive to make sure they’re not providing more product than they’re receiving payment for. There is also a great benefit for business to business (B2B) suppliers and customers.

Setting the standard is essential to providing consistent and accurate measurements in all industrial applications.