Life in numerals and measurements

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 each morning this tiny little numeral resides within me, I enjoy getting up at that time.
Well then, legs over the edge of the bed and I drag myself into the bathroom. Once again, I’m met by a numeral. While I can easily adjust as soon as I’m awoken by my alarm clock, the numeral on my accursed scales does not seem easy to influence. Or, at best, in the long-term. I decide at night to go jogging, but first splash my face with water. Even then, I see 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 will wear a jacket today as soon as I leave the house. And although Accuse is just a short distance to the automobile, I am glad within my own private measuring station for that little bit of advice. Once I reach the automobile, I’m met by another numeral. My arrival at work will probably be delayed by a few minutes because I have to fill the fuel tank en route. When I reach the filling station, I am able to check another numeral, the one that indicates my tyre pressures. A thing that I really 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 on the fuel pump using a standardized 5-litre canister. You will want to? You see, it really is quite normal for an official from the calibration authority to check on the accuracy of everything on a regular basis. In many other areas too, we can rely upon the truth that everything is getting measured accurately.
My extended solution to work takes me past a big building site. What beautiful machines! Especially with the cranes ? once more with that inner eye of mine ? I could see so many numerals: The weight raised on the boom will undoubtedly be monitored, and angles are receiving measured. When approaching the limits of the tipping lines, even the thrust and support forces become of interest. If I had the time, I’d stand at the boundary such as a small boy and simply 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. No matter what we do, and where we may go, measurements are omnipresent. As soon as 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 are able to build scales with load cells, and we are able to establish the temperature with measuring sensors. We are able to measure pressure in three various ways. We can measure flow rates and levels. We can measure tension and compression forces and we can calculate angles. We are able to make entire systems safe by monitoring measured values. Anyone who knows metrology sees the world through different eyes. Does that apply to you, too?
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More info on our measuring instruments are available on the WIKA website.g

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