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Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in Life at ODA, The Dirt | 0 comments

THE DIRT on Weights & Measures

THE DIRT on Weights & Measures

our inspectors calibrate, certify, and seal all scales at the Ohio State Fair.

Have you ever worried that you didn’t get enough gasoline for your dollar?  Or that you were ripped off on a bag of potato chips?  Our division of Weights & Measures is here to ensure the honesty and fairness of all products sold by measure in the state of Ohio.  This includes anything from swiss cheese and gasoline, to honeybees and deodorant.  With our state of the arts machinery, we are able to measure objects as small as a 67.7 microgram eyelash, and as large as a 1,110.5 pound meatball.  We certify and inspect scales of all shapes, sizes, and capacities throughout the state of Ohio, as well as test these scales to make sure that they’re functional and accurately calibrated.   Ohio has one of four National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Laboratories in the country, where we perform rigorous testing on all new measurement technology before it goes out to the consumer.   Our NTEP lab includes an extreme temperature chamber that can generate temperatures ranging from 14ºf and up to 104ºf.

The concept of a Weights & Measures division was established by John Quincy Adams in the early nineteenth century— before the Department of Agriculture even existed!  Many products today are quantified in a very different manner than they were in Adams’ era—homes can be heated by solar panels, and vehicles run off of electricity. Yet our Weights & Measures staff is doing a wonderful job keeping up with technological advancements of today’s post-modern world.  We do everything in our power to ensure that each consumer gets what they pay for, and that every business is fairly compensated for their product.


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