Metrication in the United States, A Status Report

by Louis E. Barbrow, Consultant; Natl. Bureau of Standards, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 4, Pg. 505-515

Document Type: Journal Paper


For 200 years the advantages to America of having an international harmonized system of measurements have been reviewed in the Congress. Now the first step in the latest reopening of this subject has been taken in the Congress. No one can predict when the Congress will take final action or what that action will be. However, in view of the increasing use of the metric system not only abroad but in the U.S. also, all sectors of our society should study and determine for themselves whether increasing their metric use would be advantageous and, if so, plans will be welded into a master plan for the nation. The metric problem has gained top-level consideration; the time to prepare for the future is now.

Subject Headings: Metric systems | Welding | United States

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