In the arena of industrial commodities, the primary challenges are to provide measurement tools and reference materials that allow U.S. industry to establish comparability of measurement results to results obtained by customers, competitors, and regulators for the basic chemical properties of products, intermediates, and by-products on a worldwide basis. All members of a given industrial supply chain benefit from critically evaluated standard test methods validated using trusted reference materials. Due to the wide range of materials and the rapid changes of product compositions, NIST efforts are targeted at key, high-value commodities with the greatest range of metrological impact. The private sector can leverage NIST reference materials by creating their own reference materials targeted at products having more specialized compositions and applications. The goals of this program are to:
- Increase the availability of reference materials (both NIST and private sector) for basic industrial commodities including metals, ores, and related materials
- Collaborate with the private sector through standards development organizations and industry associations
- Make use of multiple methods of analysis at NIST and collaborating laboratories
- Contribute to development of new and improved standard methods of test
- Support other U.S. government agencies' measurement needs.