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OF COMMERCE US National Bureau

of Standards U.S.S.D.



The National Bureau of Standards: was established by an act of Congress March 3,
1901. The Bureau's overall goal is to strengthen and advance the Nation's science and
technology and facilitate their effective application for public benefit. To this end, the
Bureau conducts research and provides: (1) a basis for the Nation's physical measure-
ment system, (2) scientific and technological services for industry and government, (3)
a technical basis for equity in trade, and (4) technical services to promote public safety.
The Bureau consists of the Institute for Basic Standards, the Institute for Materials
Research, the Institute for Applied Technology, the Center for Computer Sciences and
Technology, and the Office for Information Programs.
THE INSTITUTE FOR BASIC STANDARDS provides the central basis within the
United States of a complete and consistent system of physical measurement; coordinates
that system with measurement systems of other nations; and furnishes essential services
leading to accurate and uniform physical measurements throughout the Nation's scien-
tific community, industry, and commerce. The Institute consists of a Center for Radia-
tion Research, an Office of Measurement Services and the following divisions:

Applied Mathematics--Electricity—Heat-Mechanics—Optical Physics—Linac
Radiation?—Nuclear Radiation-Applied Radiation-Quantum Electronics3
Electromagnetics Time and Frequency-Laboratory Astrophysics—Cryo-

genics. THE INSTITUTE FOR MATERIALS RESEARCH conducts materials research leading to improved methods of measurement, standards, and data on the properties of well-characterized materials needed by industry, commerce, educational institutions, and Government; provides advisory and research services to other Government agencies; and develops, produces, and distributes standard reference materials. The Institute consists of the Office of Standard Reference Materials and the following divisions:

Analytical Chemistry-Polymers—Metallurgy—Inorganic Materials—Reactor

Radiation-Physical Chemistry. THE INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED TECHNOLOGY provides technical services to promote the use of available technology and to facilitate technological innovation in industry and Government; cooperates with public and private organizations leading to the development of technological standards (including mandatory safety standards), codes and methods of test; and provides technical advice and services to Government agencies upon request. The Institute also monitors NBS engineering standards activities and provides liaison between NBS and national and international engineering standards bodies. The Institute consists of the following divisions and offices:

Engineering Standards Services—Weights and Measures-Invention and
Innovation—Product Evaluation Technology-Building Research-Electronic
Technology—Technical Analysis—Measurement Engineering-Office of Fire

Programs. THE CENTER FOR COMPUTER SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY conducts research and provides technical services designed to aid Government agencies in improving cost effectiveness in the conduct of their programs through the selection, acquisition, and effective utilization of automatic data processing equipment; and serves as the principal focus within the executive branch for the development of Federal standards for automatic data processing equipment, techniques, and computer languages. The Center consists of the following offices and divisions:

Information Processing Standards—Computer Information Computer Services

-Systems Development-Information Processing Technology. THE OFFICE FOR INFORMATION PROGRAMS promotes optimum dissemination and accessibility of scientific information generated within NBS and other age cies of the Federal Government; promotes the development of the National Standard Reference Data System and a system of information analysis centers dealing with the broader aspects of the National Measurement System; provides appropriate services to ensure that the NBS staff has optimum accessibility to the scientific information of the world, and directs the public information activities of the Bureau. The Office consists of the following organizational units:

Office of Standard Reference Data-Office of Technical Information and
Publications—Library-Office of International Relations.

1 Headquarters and Laboratories at Gaithersburg, Maryland, unless otherwise noted; mailing address Washing

ton, D.C. 20234. 2 Part of the Center for Radiation Research. 3 Located at Boulder, Colorado 80302.

Report of the

56th National Conference on Weights and Measures 1971

Sponsored by the National Bureau of Standards
Attended by Officials from the Various
States, Counties, and Cities, and
Representatives from U.S. Government,
Industry, and Consumer Organizations
Washington, D.C., July 12-16, 1971

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Nat. Bur. Stand. (U.S.), Spec. Publ. 358, 252 pages (Mar. 1972)


Issued March 1972

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, D.C. 20402 (Order by SD Catalog No. C13.6/3: 358), Price $1.50

Stock Number 0303-0933


This is a report of the proceedings (edited) of the Fifty-sixth National Conference on Weights and Measures, sponsored by the National Bureau of Standards, held in Washington, D. C., July 12–16, 1971, and attended by state, county, and city weights and measures officials and representatives of the Federal Government, business, industry, railroads, and associations.

Key words: Conference, weights and measures-laws; weights and measures regulations; weights and measures—technical requirements; weights and measures-administration; weights and measures.

Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 26–27766


(NOTE: Reports of the standing and annual committees and the Treas-
urer's report have been arranged together, beginning on page 147, for easier


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