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The main function of MSL is to ‘maintain’ and make available the primary physical standards of measurement for the benefit of NZ. Maintenance in this context means we make regular improvements so we keep pace with our customers’ needs and new technologies. We also collaborate with other national metrology institutes to help ‘maintain’ the SI system.

Our research activities therefore span a wide range of activities:

  • Difficult industrial measurements
  • New measurement techniques and instruments
  • New calibration methods
  • New or improved measurement standards
  • Fundamental measurements supporting improvements to the SI