Life in numerals and measurements

It is really a numeral on the alarm clock that tells me when I should get right up. For instance today, a perfectly ordinary Thursday. The week is already well advanced and I’m correspondingly tired. But none of this is of any help, and because each morning this tiny little numeral resides within me, I love getting up at that time.
Well then, legs over the edge of the bed and I drag myself into the bathroom. Once again, I am met by a numeral. While I could easily adjust the moment I am 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 at night 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 more, I immediately encounter the next numeral. Appalled tells me that I will wear a jacket today when I leave the house. And although it 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 car, I’m 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 on the way. When I reach the filling station, I am able to check another numeral, 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 utilizing a standardized 5-litre canister. Why not? You see, it really is quite normal for an official from the calibration authority to check on the accuracy of everything frequently. In many the areas too, we can depend upon the truth that everything gets measured accurately.
My extended way to work takes me past a large building site. What beautiful machines! Especially with the cranes ? once more with that inner eye of mine ? I can 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. EASILY had the time, I’d stand at the boundary like a small boy and simply stare at everything.
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 might go, measurements are omnipresent. Once you start great deal of thought, 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 can establish the temperature with measuring sensors. We can measure pressure in three different ways. We are able to measure flow rates and levels. We can measure tension and compression forces and we can 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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More info on our measuring instruments can be found on the WIKA website.

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