Information for the General Public
The National Institute of Standards and Technology develops technologies, measurement methods and standards that help U.S. companies compete in the global marketplace. Congress created NIST in 1901 at the start of the industrial revolution to provide the measurement and standards needed to resolve and prevent disputes over trade and to encourage standardization. That's why you can have confidence that a gallon of milk contains one gallon and that the electric meter at your house accurately gauges how much electricity you use.
Today NIST continues to develop measurements and standards needed by industry, and also develops technologies that help our nation remain prosperous. NIST also helps manufacturers improve their productivity through a nationwide network of assistance centers. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is another way NIST promotes organizational performance excellence. To learn more, check out the links listed below.