It is a numeral on the alarm clock that informs me when I should get right up. For example today, a perfectly ordinary Thursday. The week is already well advanced and I’m correspondingly tired. But none of that is of any help, and because every morning this tiny little numeral resides within me, I enjoy getting up in those days.
Well then, legs on the edge of the bed and I drag myself in to the bathroom. Once again, I’m met by a numeral. While I could easily adjust the moment I’m awoken by my noisy alarms, the numeral on my accursed scales does not seem easy to influence. Or, at best, in the long-term. I decide in the evening to go jogging, but first splash my face with water. Even then, I visit a numeral with my inner eye ? the water meter can be running.
Refreshed and dry once again, I immediately encounter the next numeral. The thermometer tells me that I should wear a jacket today as soon as I go out. And although it really is only a short distance to the automobile, I am glad in my own private measuring station for that little bit of advice. Once I reach the automobile, I am met by the next numeral. My arrival at the job will probably be delayed by a short while because I need to fill the fuel tank en route. As soon as I reach the filling station, I am in a position to check another numeral, the one that indicates my tyre pressures. Something that I do not check often enough. Also, while my fuel tank is slowly getting filled, I ask myself if anyone has taken the trouble to check the fuel pump utilizing a standardized 5-litre canister. Why not? You see, it really is quite normal for the official from the calibration authority to check on the accuracy of everything on a regular basis. In many the areas too, we can rely upon the truth that everything is getting measured accurately.
My extended way to work takes me past a large building site. What beautiful machines! Especially with the cranes ? once again with that inner eye of mine ? I could see so many numerals: The weight raised on the boom will be monitored, and angles are getting measured. When approaching เพรสเชอร์เกจ of the tipping lines, even the thrust and support forces become of interest. If I had the time, I would stand at the boundary like a small boy and stare at all of it.
Then, finally, I reach the company and a perfectly normal Thursday follows its usual course. As always, numerals are at work here, ones that ultimately co-determine our lives. Whatever we do, and where we may go, measurements are omnipresent. Once you start thinking about it, the list just keeps getting longer: I start to see the world in numerals because we at WIKA divide up the everyday things into numerals. We can build scales with load cells, and we are able to establish the temperature with measuring sensors. We can measure pressure in three different ways. We are able to measure flow rates and levels. We are able to measure tension and compression forces and we are able to calculate angles. We can make entire systems safe by monitoring measured values. Anyone who knows metrology sees the world through different eyes. Does that connect with you, too?
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Further information on our measuring instruments are available on the WIKA website.