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Professional Associations and Resources

American National Standards Institute

The Institute's mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity. Dynamometer, physical therapy equipment, weighing scales and lab balance equipment are built to standards recognized by business community.

American Society for Testing and Materials

Founded in 1898, ASTM International is a not-for-profit organization that provides a global forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Over 30,000 individuals from 100 nations are the members of ASTM International, who are producers, users, consumers, and representatives of government and academia. In over 130 varied industry areas, ASTM standards serve as the basis for manufacturing, procurement, and regulatory activities. Formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM International provides standards that are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe. Look for information on compression testing, fatigue testing and tensile testing.

American Society for Quality

Need to research quality ? Looking for weighing scales, retail scales, medical scales and force measurement ? Find out about tensile testing, fatigue testing and compression testing.

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than 50 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.

ASQ has more than 117,000 individual and 1,100 corporate sustaining members worldwide. Individual members belong to one of 247 local Sections located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and an International Chapter. ASQ also has 22 industry—and topic-specific Divisions.

International Organization for Standardization

Scales, industrial scale, counting scales, force measurement, weighing scales and medical scales all have standards to achieve as recognized by organizations like the International Organization for Standardization. 

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 140 countries, one from each country.

ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

ISO's work results in international agreements which are published as International Standards

Independent Scale Dealers Association

Johnson Scale the premier supplier of counting scales, floor scales, laboratory scales, medical scales, dynamometer and force measurement is a member of the Independent Scale Dealers Association. The Independent Scale Dealers Association is made up of select scale distributors across the United States that must meet stringent criteria for excellence in the weighing industry. Only the best dealers in an area are selected and membership is by invitation only. 

Scale dealers must at a minimum offer 24 hr on-site factory trained customer service with certified and bonded technicians, multiple scale products from numerous manufactures to provide choice and diversity to weighing solutions, documented on-site calibration service traceable to NIST, scale rentals, and used scales.

The scale dealers association currently has over 50 member locations strategically selected to offer national coverage. The combined sales exceed 100 million dollars with over 500 trained technicians, over 100 application specialist, and 25 system integrators.

International Society for Weighing and Measurement

The International Society of Weighing and Measurement is a non-profit organization, whose sole intent is the advancement of its members. Formerly known as the National Scale Men's Association, ISWM members have been gathering for over 70 years. ISWM members include manufacturers, distributors, government officials, end users, scale purchasers, and suppliers to the industry. ISWM members have various titles, from CEO's, presidents, sales managers, service technicians, administration and many more. They come from diverse backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: they are committed to the technical advancements created by and for the weighing and measurement industry.

Research industry topics in the weighing scales industry; industrial scales, force measurement, lab balances, dynamometer and medical scales. 

ISWM members handle a variety of products and services, from A/D converters to wheel load weighers, from bar code scanners to torque measurement , from computer weighing systems to test weights, digital display meters to radio frequency identification systems, from force gauges to precision balances, from load cells to packaging machine scales. Everything in the world that has been made, has been weighed. Our members insure accuracy in the global economy.

Material Handling Industry of America

The material handling industry relies on weighing scales, lab balance, floor scales and other types of industrial scales. The Material Handling Industry of America is a non-profit organization under which domestic and international activities are conducted. Active members are manufacturers of industrial material handling and logistics equipment, systems and software or user-specified components for such equipment. They market their products in the United States. Associate membership is held by business publications, consultants and systems simulators.

National Conference on Weights and Measures

Applying uniform weights and measures standards to commercial transactions is one of the most important supports to a strong national economy. The positive outcomes are numerous: uniformity fosters good will, minimizes trade barriers to interstate commerce and increases U.S. opportunities for international export trade. But how can uniform standards effectively serve these diverse markets? The answer is the National Conference on Weights and Measures, Inc. (NCWM); a national professional organization dedicated to developing consensus on standards to fairly meet the needs of consumers, businesses, regulators and manufacturers nationwide. Research industrial scales, counting scales, floor scales, weighing scales and other weight and measurement topics. 

National Industrial Scale Association

In 1987, the National Industrial Scale Association was officially formed to support the heavy capacity weighing industry including crane scales and other industrial scales. Until that time, there was no forum for scale users, manufacturers, regulatory agencies and other interested groups to obtain or share information on a purely technical level. NISA is a highly respected professional organization serving the weights and measures community in a manner that no other organization can. A non-profit group, supported completely by our membership dues, publication sponsors and conference attendance receipts, we provide a unique scale information network.

Scale Manufacturer Association

The Scale Manufacturer Association web site is a great resource for information on industrial scales, floor scales, laboratory scales, postal scales, shipping scales and force measurement. We proudly offer products manufactured by these industry leading firms: AMETEK, AND WEIGHING, CARDINAL, CCI, CHATILLON, DETECTO, DIGI, DILLON, INTERCOMP, LLOYD, MARK 10, MSI, NCI, OHAUS, PENNSYLVANIA, QUANTROL, RICE LAKE, SALTER INDUSTRIAL, SALTER (housewares), SARTORIUS, SETRA and WEIGHTRONIX.

News & Media

Laboratory Talk Newsletter

The Laboratory talk newsletter brings you the latest new product news for Scientists and Laboratory Personnel direct to your desktop, in a single weekly newsletter. Look for news on laboratory scales, lab balances and force measurements.

Metrology World

Great Resource for the industrial scale industry. Look up force measurement, torque and compression testing.

You have reached the premier information source for the Metrology industry. Find products and suppliers, read current headlines, and keep up with the latest information in your professional community through these featured resources: • FREE Newsletters
• FREE Trade Publications
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Sensors Online

Information on industrial scales.

Weight and Measurement Magazine

The premier weight and measurement magazine for the scale industry. Look for articles on counting scales, medical scales, weighing scales and checkweighers. This site will keep the scale industry up to date on trade shows and allows readers to talk about issues such as dynamometer, retail scales, fatigue testing and compression testing.

Quality Digest

Resources for the industrial scale industry. Look for fatigue testing, compression testing, and force measurement information.


National Institute of Standards and Technology

From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurements, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Industrial Scales, Counting Scales, Floor Scales, Laboratory Scales and medical scales.

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to develop and promote measurements, standards, and technology to enhance productivity, facilitate trade, and improve the quality of life. NIST carries out its mission in four cooperative programs: the NIST Laboratories, conducting research that advances the nation's technology infrastructure and is needed by U.S. industry to continually improve products and services; the Baldrige National Quality Program, which promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, and health care providers; conducts outreach programs and manages the annual Malcolm Baldrige National quality Award which recognizes performance excellence and quality achievement; the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers; and the Advanced Technology Program, which accelerates the development of innovative technologies for broad national benefit by co-funding R&D partnerships with the private sector.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) works to satisfy the measurements and standards needs of the U.S. manufacturers in mechanical and dimensional metrology and in advanced manufacturing technology by conducting research and development, providing services, and participating in standards activities. Industrial Scales, Counting Scales and Force Measurement.

Office of Weights and Measures

The Office of Weights and Measures (OWM), one of the longest running and best known programs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), promotes uniformity in U.S. weights and measures laws, regulations, and standards to achieve equity between buyers and sellers in the marketplace and thereby:

  • Enhance consumer confidence in the marketplace,
  • Enable U.S. businesses to compete fairly at home and abroad
  • Strengthen the U.S. economy.

To help accomplish this mission, OWM established the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) in 1905. The NCWM is a professional organization of State and local weights and measures officials and representatives of business, industry, consumer groups, and Federal agencies. Regulation of standards for industrial scales, counting scales, floor scales, laboratory scales , weighing scales and retail scales.

OWM partners with the NCWM to develop standards in the form of uniform laws, regulations, and methods of practice, which are then published by NIST. When State or local governments, or Federal regulatory agencies, adopt these standards, they become mandatory.

It is estimated that sales of products or services impacted by weights and measures laws in the United States total over $4.5 trillion annually, which represents 52.8 percent of the $8.51 trillion U.S. Gross Domestic Product (1998 figures). Industry sectors potentially affected by the decisions of the NCWM include retail food sales, other retail sales, petroleum products, transportation, and chemicals.

OWM is organized into four program areas. The State Laboratory Program provides the basis for ensuring traceability of state weights and measures standards to NIST. It also conducts basic, intermediate, and advanced training for metrologists from the states, industry, and other countries.

The Device Technology Program develops procedures for testing weighing and measuring devices and conducts training on device testing for weights and measures officials. Program staff provide technical and administrative assistance to the NCWM Specifications and Tolerances Committee, National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Committee, and the various Sectors of the National Type Evaluation Technical Committee.

Providing guidance and training to the states, Federal regulatory agencies, and industry on the model weights and measures laws and regulations adopted by the NCWM is the role of the Laws and Regulations Program. This group also gives technical and administrative support to the NCWM Laws and Regulations and Administration and Public Affairs Committees.

The Administration and Publications Program plans the technical agendas of meetings of the NCWM, coordinates the development and publication of key NIST and NCWM publications, and maintains OWM's information services. A member of this program and the Chief of OWM serve as advisors to the NCWM Board of Directors.

National Science Foundation

Researching medical scales, food scales, retail scales ? The National Science Foundation was created to promote the progress of science, advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. Great resource for engineers looking for force measurement news and research.


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