METRIC CONVERSION PROGRESS IN THE UNITED STATES

Foreign metric-conversion activities are briefly reviewed, activities by U.S. government agencies and industry are outlined, and efforts of the American National Metric Council (ANMC) are detailed. The prime responsibility of the ANMC, which is funded by voluntary subscriptions from companies and whose directorial board has representatives from the major industries, small business, labor consumer groups, academia and others, is that of coordination. To address this responsibility, 5 committees have been established: they deal with primary materials industries, industrial products, building and construction, consumer products, and education and industrial training. One subcommittee deals with consumer awareness. The ANMC works primarily through existing organizations by encouraging them to establish its own metric task force. Each sector committee will determine the status of metric activities within its area; it will prepare a report for that industry on relevant metric activities in other industries and other parts of the economy; and it will initiate an analysis of metric units to be used in the industry. The Metric Practice Committee will try to resolve issues of metric practice. Efforts are also underway to establish an American national standard dealing with metric practice. Federal, State and local laws and codes that must be amended will be identified. The minimum-cost conversion strategy for each industry will also be identified. The ANMC will identify key factors controlling each industry's rate of conversion to the system, the need for and nature of metric engineering standards, and disseminate useful information.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report of a symposium conducted by Standing Subcommittee No. 5, International Activities of the U.S. National Committee on Tunneling Technology, held on May 21-22, 1974 in Washington, D.C.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Research Council

    National Committee on Tunneling Technology
    Washington, DC  USA  20418
  • Authors:
    • O'Hagan, M E
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00127931
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 21 1976 12:00AM