As a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical metrology systems and ultra-precise optical components and assemblies, Zygo Corporation’s mission is to enable customer success—from military and aerospace to medical and automotive—by delivering innovative precision optical and metrology solutions that exceed expectations. And as we countdown the days to World Metrology Day, Mike Schmidt, Market Development Manager at Zygo Corporation, joins MarketScale’s Daniel Litwin, the Voice of B2B, to discuss the metrology landscape, metrology’s impacts on global trade, and why working professionals and business leaders should be more conscientious of metrology and it’s effect on their business.

So what exactly is metrology and how are humans affected every day by this field specialty? Well, metrology is essentially the science of measurement, standardizing units across the globe to ensure all countries are determining weights and measurements, such as the meter, the kilogram, or the pound, in the same way.

“Probably one of the most significant societal impacts (of metrology) will be on regular consumerism. Making sure when you go to the gas station, you get a gallon or a liter, or you go to your local deli, you order a pound of meat or a kilo of meat—making sure that it’s all standardized, no matter where you go in the world,” said Schmidt. “Metrology measures these things consistently and precisely.”

Moreover, as the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the planet, exactness in metrology has ensured that temperature probes measure accurately and reliably, enabling readings that don’t differ from clinic to clinic.

Celebrating the Metre Convention of 1875, where 17 nations came together to collaborate on a global standard for the industrial, commercial and societal applications of measurements, Schmidt explains why the theme for this year’s World Metrology Day (May 20th) is “measurements for global trade”.

Metrology is vital for international business, affecting product development, manufacturing, and shipments from country to country. According to Schmidt, “Ensuring a unified set of measurement standards means companies can rely on supplier certificates of conformity. It just helps a lot for global business.”

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