World Metrology Day is just around the corner, with 20th May marked out on our calendars to celebrate the 1875 implementation of the framework we use to this day for measurement. This year’s theme is ‘Metrology in the Digital Era’ which was chosen to celebrate and acknowledge the great advancements in technology that are constantly revolutionising the way we obtain and use measurements.
This got us thinking on our own role within weighing across industrial and manufacturing environments and how, as a company founded in 1844, our own product development has influenced, and been influenced by, advancements in technology.
Weighing has come a long way from the first known scales dating back to around 2000 BC. These first scales used two plates that would be used to balance items with weight plates (stones) to determine the item’s weight. These kinds of scales are now a common symbol associated with Ancient Egyptian culture and the justice or legal system.
Since then, developments like the lever and dial scale have changed how weighing is operated. Stevens was founded as a manufacturer of these lever and dial scales, a technology that was used for almost a century until loadcell technology was developed and used even still to this day.
Read on below to learn more about how weighing practices have changed over time alongside Stevens since its founding in 1844…