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Measuring Devices


Instruments used to determine volume, distance, dimensions, and time are all measuring devices. The device that people are most familiar with is the gas pump. Inside the cabinet is a meter that determines the quality of fuel dispensed. Standard Specialists test each meter by dispensing give gallons at the fast (or open) speed then give gallons at the slow (restricted) speed into calibrated measures, compare the monetary computations, check that the tamer-proof seal on the meter adjustment is intact, and other details required in the Examination Procedure Outline distributed by Measurement Standards. Other measuring devices include wire and rope meters; oil meters; timers in car washes, laundromats, parking garages, and milk tanks. Each meter type requires it's own special test equipment.