Readers may have seen a recent TV programme that was highly critical of the energy smart meter “roll out”. Some of you may now be wondering why a nation that made a mess of the simple task of adopting a modern measurement system is now embarking on a complex and expensive technology project of questionable value.
Supplementary indications received a reprieve in 2007, and will now, subject to the Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, need to serve only the needs of the UK economy. Ronnie Cohen wonders where US influence is likely to lead us.
Posted in Consumer affairs, Law, Myths, Views from abroad
Tagged EU, Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, FPLA, imperial, ingredients, label, labelling, metric, nutrition, Pringles, Regulations, requirements, supplementary indications, UK, US, USA, USC
The Government revealed its new industrial strategy in a White Paper published earlier this week, generally receiving a positive response. But are there still elephants in the room?
We have updated an article that was first published in 2013.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, Law, Views from abroad
Tagged EU-US trade deal, FPLA, measurement units, metric, package labelling, TPP, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, USC
It has now been 15 years since the launch of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. While UKMA takes no position on the euro, the anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins gives an opportunity to emphasise the role of measurement in their production.
We kick off 2017 with an article for metric geeks.
Posted in Science, Technical
Tagged 2018, ampere, Avogadro, base, BIPM, Boltzmann, brochure, candela, constant, constants, definition, definitions, document, draft, IPK, Kelvin, kilogram, metre, mole, Planck, second, SI, units, upgrade, values
We take a look at the past year on Metric Views and speculate about what the future holds.
As 2016 draws to a close, we look at one of the institutions that benefits from an international and universal measurement system – the Olympic Games.
Posted in Sport, Views from abroad, World Records
Tagged 2016, athletes, athletics, Brazil, countries, country, event, events, Games, Olympic, Olympics, Paralympic, Paralympics, Rio, sport, sports, venue, venues
Following on from his article about the far-reaching influence of the measurement units used on road traffic signs, Ronnie Cohen now takes a look at the signs themselves and the roads they complement.
Posted in Road signs, Transport
Tagged construction, contractors, design, designs, DfT, graphics, markings, road, roads, roadworks, signs, Traffic Signs Manual, transport, TSRGD
During the past few weeks, there have been many news stories about the removal or modification of certain metric traffic signs by an elderly gent from Huntingdon and his friends. Their inability to see beyond the narrow remit they have set themselves has become very clear. In this article, Ronnie Cohen puts forward a contrary view.