Measurements of mass and force are central to the manufacturing of high quality goods and services, mining, pharmaceutical and the construction of infrastructure. The section aims to be the source of measurement traceability for mass, volume, density, force and torque measurements for South Africa, and the region. Our main responsibility is to ensure that the above metrology parameters are scientifically valid and are internationally comparable.
Mass is defined, scientifically, as the amount of matter an object contains. It is measured in kilogram (kg), other common units are gram (g), microgram (µg), milligram (mg) and tonne (t).
The mass laboratory provides traceability to Southern African industry which ensures that mass measurements done locally are internationally comparable.
The laboratory is South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
Force is a product of mass and acceleration therefore the unit of force (the Newton) is traceable to the SI unit of mass (the kilogram). Force measurements are critical in various sectors such as safety, automotive, construction, manufacturing etc.
The laboratory currently offers calibration service of force transducers/load cells done to ISO 376 International standard in both compression and tension. The laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025 SANAS accredited.